The summer holidays are closing in and I've got nothing less than ten audiobooks I want to rip for myself and my girlfriend before we head out for Tokyo, Japan in July. I have ripped a few audiobooks before, but back then I used an application named EAC (Exact Audio Copy). Which is a really awesome free application, but sadly it's only available for Windows and it's a real hassle to configure, especially when it comes to ripping AAC files because no matter how I do it iTunes wont recognize the ID-Tags nor the album art when importing. Making us having to manually name the albums and everything after finishing ripping all these audiobooks which makes the work take even longer. That's why we are wondering if there are some better ways to rip audiobooks for iTunes, for use on iPhone's and iPod's? We've tried using iTunes own AAC Encoder but no matter what we do we always end up with m4a files recognized as song tracks and not audiobooks. When Apple got their very own m4b system which is auto-sensed as audiobooks and which auto applies the best settings and EQ for audiobooks how come we don't see any options for ripping our audiobooks into m4b files? Have we missed something here, or do we actually need to manually rename each file from m4a into m4b afterwards? What's the best way to get our audiobooks ripped to m4b (AAC, VBR 192kbps, voice optimized) with the ID-Tags and everything loading correctly in iTunes?