Audiobook Sleep

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 17, 2009
Updated • May 29, 2017
Music, Music and Video

Audiobook Sleep is a free portable software program for Microsoft Windows devices that shuts down the PC after playing an audiobook for a set amount of time.

Do you like to listen to audiobooks or music while you are dozing off at night, and use a computer or laptop for that purpose?

If you do, you may have experienced several problems related to that, like not knowing the exact position that you stopped listening to before you fell asleep, or the problem that you woke up in the middle of the night only to listen to the part where the murder was uncovered.

Or, and that is an even bigger issue to some, that the computer stays turned on all night long as there is no option to turn it off as you should be asleep by the time it can be turned off.

Audiobook Sleep

Audiobook Sleep is a lightweight application that has been created with the Autohotkey software and published on a request at the Donation Coder forum. It can be downloaded right from the developer's website. The full program has a size of only 211 Kilobytes after unpacking; a click on AudioBookSleep.exe will start the interface.

While it surely does look like any other shutdown sleep timer it comes with a feature that makes it a tad more interesting to use.

It makes use of Minicap or more precisely minicap.exe which has to be placed into the same folder as the audiobook sleep software program. Placing minicap.exe into the same folder will make the software create a screenshot of the computer system's desktop before the shutdown process.

What does that mean? You not only get an application that shuts down the computer system after a certain amount of time but also takes a screenshot of your computer desktop displaying the play time of the audiobook. Next time you want to play the audiobook you start looking at the screenshot to check the play time and start listening from that position, or rewind just a bit until you come to the position that you stopped listening to.

The software itself is easy to use. Just enter the desired time before the computer will be shut down and hit ok to get started. The application will take care of the rest and shut down the PC once the timer reaches zero on the clock.

It is recommended that you close all programs and applications before you start the process, as issues like lost work or corrupt program data files may be a result.

Closing Word

Audiobook Sleep is a handy lightweight program for Windows that will shut down -- and optionally screen capture --the PC after a set amount of time. Ideal to make sure that the PC is turned off

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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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