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With the new paper white kindles what do I do with my audio books?


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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 8:39:01 AM PDT
Carlton says:
What happened to the audio capability of the new Kindle paper white? Does this mean that Amazon is giving up on audio books? How will you be able to listen to audio books without the capability of doing so on your Kindle? Amazon should at least discuss the options available to people buying audio books from their sister company audible. This seems to automatically reduce the sales possibilities for this branch of the Amazon company. This is a tremendous disappointment for people like myself with vested in listening to audio books. This is a very sad development to discover that Amazon is changing me and many others to a laptop computer in order to listen to my audio books. Or are they forcing people to buy older technology in order to have the option to listen to audio books? Then they might as well become a renter Center for older kindles.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 8:39:40 AM PDT
You can listen to audio books on most mp3 players, smartphones, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 8:42:06 AM PDT
You do realize that audio books existed long, long before e-readers, right? So did CD players, MP3 players and iPods.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 8:43:28 AM PDT
Steve S. says:
You raise a question I thought as well. But, being pragmatic, I plan on using my KK, which still works great, for the audiobooks and possibly my IPod for travel in the car.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 8:49:14 AM PDT
Alina says:
I downvoted your post because it's pettily bitchy. This person is used to having a service available through his kindle that will no longer be available in the new kindle. He's entitled to express his disappointment that his current kindle capabilties will apparently not be met by the new kindle - huh?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 8:50:21 AM PDT
I'm heartbroken.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:02:25 AM PDT
 Ann says:
I put audiobooks on my phone. There are also plenty of inexpensive mp3 players available.

I suspect Amazon is moving towards focusing their ereaders on what they do best - reading books. It works for me. I've been a Kindle user for almost 5 years now, and I don't do anything on an e-ink Kindle besides reading books. I have other devices that are much better suited for things like audiobooks, web browsing, email, music, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:03:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 9:23:22 AM PDT
Carlton says: "With the new paper white kindles what do I do with my audio books?"

Most MP3 players.
Any iOS device.
Any Android device.
Any PC.
Any Mac.
Any Blackberry.
Just about any phone (not already mentioned above) available today.
7 different TomTom GPS devices.
Many Garmin GPS devices from about 13 series.
.
.
.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:07:41 AM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Carlton, I think they expect people to use the Fire to listen to audiobooks. At $159 for Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB it cost about the same as e-ink readers used to cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:08:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 9:08:32 AM PDT
T. Cannon says:
Actually I used to think that Any MP3 player would play audio books. Then I bought an MP3 player and found that I had chosen one that did not. :-( So I would agree with "Many" but not "Any". Also while the older Garmin GPS devices will play audio books the newer ones do not seem to have this option. Just make sure you check before you buy if this is important to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:12:57 AM PDT
Me, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:21:58 AM PDT
T. Cannon says: "Actually I used to think that Any MP3 player would play audio books. Then I bought an MP3 player and found that I had chosen one that did not. :-("

You found one that wasn't compatible with Audible? Wow. I'm impressed. (I mean it's a bummer but still impressive.)

"Also while the older Garmin GPS devices will play audio books the newer ones do not seem to have this option. Just make sure you check before you buy if this is important to you."

The list on Audible looked pretty comprehensive. But now that I compare it with the devices on Garmin's site I see that it isn't as comprehensive as I thought. Thanks. I'll update my post.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 9:57:02 AM PDT
Carlton says:
I do not understand you. Are you saying that I should not be disappointed that I will not be able to listen to audio books on the new paper white kindle. The reason why I'm so disappointed is that the present Kindle touch that I own is not a year old yet. I now will have to invest in a new Kindle and make sure nothing happens to my Kindle touch if I want to listen to audio books on the go. So if I sound upset I am upset that's my right

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 10:05:36 AM PDT
Carlton says:
By the way text-to-speech is a very helpful feature for those who have trouble reading especially the young. If this is just an effort of Amazon to get customers to migrate to the more expensive Kindle fire for $159 then just say so and make that clear to future customers. Instead of having to discover it on our own because I'm sure Amazon is aware that text-to-speech and audio books of the very popular feature for Kindle. they should then just say we're discontinuing text-to-speech and audio feature in our new models and if you would like to take advantage of text-to-speech and audio books you need to buy one of the newer models of the Kindle fire. Is that so hard to say? It's honest and I can respect that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:35:36 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
no. what they are saying is get a cheap mp3 player that you can play audio books from. for me, if i'm listening to music (i don't listen to audio books, don't like being read to) i want something small that will fit in my pocket, not a giant ereader i have to hold.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 11:39:51 AM PDT
I imagine that Amazon left out the audio on the Paperwhite to keep the price down. That new screen with the light and capacitive touch has got to be expensive.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 12:05:36 PM PDT
Lil Tiger says:
I bought my Kindle a few years ago mainly because of text-to-speech as I have a problem sleeping and my eyes are old. It downloads books 'whisper-fast' and the only thing I have against it is the reader is a robot (male or female, your choice). I was under the impression when I researched my Kindle that they were going to work on the reader. I feel fortunate to have the Kindle as a reader. Frankly, have no idea how the mp3 player would work: does Amazon download to it? If not, who does? Can you suggest one that I can plug in and use rather than go thru too many batteries? Can you suggest an mp3 that would fill the bill for me as I have described my need? Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 12:59:10 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
The suggestion was that people who already had audiobooks could listen to them on an MP3 player. But no, a player would not read your books to you. If you need another Kindle and have to have text to speech, the Kindle Keyboard would be your best option.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:09:15 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Was it a Sony?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:13:03 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Lil Tiger, an mp3 player will not do text to speech on a Kindle book. You would have to buy an audiobook from Audible.com. The advantage is no more robo voice. The disadvantage is you have to pay for the audio book.

If you want an mp3 player be sure to check that it will work on Audible. For example Sony does not work.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:16:04 PM PDT
T. Cannon says:
Actually it was a Coby. Now I am going to be honest it was pretty inexpensive. I think most of the medium to higher priced ones will support audio format but I found that many of the cheaper ones that stores had on back to school sales would not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:22:12 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
They have to agree to change their programing to accommodate Audible's DRM (Digital Rights Management). Some manufactures like Sony are hold outs and smaller one just do not think it is worth the trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:34:00 PM PDT
Lil Tiger says:
Thanks, Mary, I do have one and am glad I do. I was just looking for updates.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012 1:35:57 PM PDT
Lil Tiger says:
Thanks. What I do not want is to add to my pile of "does not work too well" experiments. I will stick to my Kindle for now.
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