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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:16 pm 

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Hi all,

I think I might be misunderstanding what the Join button does. I've got a book that is currently 2 mp3s and thought joining them in the project would result in a single m4b file but that's not the case. I'm still getting two files at the end.

Is that proper behavior? If so, what does the Join button do?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:33 pm 
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The Join button is used to combine selected audio files into a singular Chapter listing, but an audiobook project can still end up being split into multiple Parts (files), depending on the overall size of the project. The length and the quality setting used both affect the size—for example, an 13 hour long part is what's achievable for an audiobook, while using the Normal Quality option provides up to 18 hours to work with. So, try heading to the Finish section, clicking the button marked “Build Options”, choosing a lower Quality setting, then moving the Target Length slider all the way to the right until you've achieved a maximum beyond your project's length.

Also, just so you know: the reason for the limits is that files that exceed 2 billion samples have been found to cause playback stability issues such as loss of bookmark positioning or unexpected skipping on iOS device models. So, basically, the Target Length restrictions are set in Audiobook Builder to keep the files it generates under that 2 billion samples mark so that they’re guaranteed to play stably on all devices.

Allan Woodall
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