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What's the best player for Audiobooks?

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2007 6:30:11 PM PDT
Thank you so much for answering my question about NetLibrary and Overdrive.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 11:13:47 AM PDT
M.S. says:
You might be able to push the middle button until you see a diamond and then use the scroll wheel to quickly fast-forward or rewind. My wife has an ipod (not the nano) and we use that when we haven't been listening together (i.e. we're both listening to the same audible download, but one of us missed an hour, etc.) Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 1:50:13 PM PDT
Cheryl says:
I think the best mp3 player for books is an Ipod. I have a 4 gig Nano and have 17 books on it now. Ipods have an entire separate category for audio books that I've not been able to find on other mp3s. The books are added alpha, with each part identified and the art work shows on the screen. Ipods bookmark when you stop and if you lose your place you can easily go forward or backward minute by minute. I had a Sansa Sandisk before the Ipod and the Audible books dumped in with music so it was very confusing.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 1:58:55 PM PDT
Dear Cheryl:

This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I wonder whether you have had the same good luck with podcasts. I use my MP3 player mainly for podcasts; not audio books. I'd prefer a generic MP3 player because it is easier to load MP3 files. Do the advantages of the iPod Nano with respect to organization also apply for podcasts which come from various sources (not just from


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 6:12:46 PM PDT
P. Lau says:
Most definitely yes bookmark works for MP3.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 6:18:27 PM PDT
P. Lau says:
I listen to podcast ALL THE TIME and yes the iPod Nano is exceedingly good at playing podcasts. It has a whole separate category for podcast, it remembers all the locations (unlimited bookmarks), it remembers which podcasts I have listened to. Life is stressful already I can't imagine using anything else that is not as easy to use.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2007 9:10:35 AM PDT
C. Judy says:
What knid od tweaking needs to be done to get books to be used on the e260? I have an e 280. Thanks!


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2007 11:17:54 PM PDT
H. Huynh says:
Hi, can you really bookmark Netlibrary books in Creative Zen V Plus? Netlibrary books usually are large single files, not broken down to several files like Overdrive books. So I wonder if Creative Zen V Plus can really bookmark them? If it can, I'll purchase it.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2007 12:28:15 PM PDT
K. Holmes says:
Audible books are in the .aa format; in order to get them to play on the e260 they must be converted to .mp3. This can be done different ways, all are somewhat time consuming. There are programs that can convert from one file type to another, i.e. .aa to .mp3. The audible books can be burned to cd, then ripped back as mp3, or you could simply play the audible book on your computer and record the output to mp3. Once you have the files as mp3 they can be transferred to the player.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2007 1:09:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2007 1:10:59 PM PDT
Wanda E. says:
Hi H. Huynh,

I use a Creative Zen V (it's not the plus model, therefore no fm radio) with netlibrary books and the bookmark feature works flawlessly. I did update the player to the newest firmware on the creative site as some of the very, very long audiobooks did not transfer to my player. There is a new Creative zen coming out soon that will take sd cards. I do not know if it bookmarks or not. The Zen V is less expensive than the new player will be, though, so that might be a consideration. I have the 2G Zen V which is fine for audiobooks and a little music, but I when I replace this player I'll get at least 4G/


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2007 6:42:01 PM PDT
R. Oshana says:
Nothing is better than the b153.
I won't get into radio and mic, but 150 hour battery life and bookmarks. I'm an audiobook junkie. I can listen to many unabridged books and leave it on for a few days by accident.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2007 7:06:48 PM PDT
Wanda E. says:
R. Oshana,

Does your b153 play wma drm files? The audiobooks I listen to from netlibrary and overdrive are in this format.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2007 10:01:59 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2007 11:03:08 AM PDT
Troy Edwards says:
"I don't get my books from iTune. Will iPod Nano remember where mp3 format books are left off? If not, it is virtually useless to someone like me."

I bounce from book to book, and podcast to podcast. Yes iPods will remember where you left off. If you import your books as mp3s, just put them in a playlist. Also, highlight all the files then right click, select "info" then check "remember playback position".

Due to audiobooks only needing a bitrate of 64kbps, you can fit months worth of audio on an 8 gig nano.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2007 11:26:09 AM PDT
Does anybody have any idea why iPods seem to work better than other MP3 players?

As a matter of principle, I don't want to support Apple because they have a "closed" proprietary architecture and I don't feel comfortable supporting them -- companies like IBM that are promoting open source should be supported.

Is there an MP3 player out there that will work as well as an iPod for audiobooks and podcasts? If not, why doesn't somebody build one?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2007 12:07:06 PM PDT
Thanks very very much for the iTunes tip. I never noticed that before in "info."

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2007 10:47:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2007 10:53:03 AM PDT
Andreatf says:

Thanks for your input about the Zen V Plus 4GB. Do you lose stored books if the battery is not charged on time? Can you buy an adapter to charge it instead of using the USB?



In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2007 5:55:45 PM PDT
I have a hundred and fifty gigs of audio books. The very best players are iPods including the flash based ones. There are several reasons for this.

First by using iTunes you can alter an iPod's MP3 file to include the capability to remember where you last were when it was played. This is important for those files that are a single file that is 30 minutes to an hour long. This is effectively creating an audible dot com type file.

Second you can create dynamic play lists for use in an iPod for audio files that are comprised of many short tracks as some audio books ripped from CD's with a new track every three minutes. As the files play you can cause them to disappear from your audio selection so only the unheard tracks will display and play.

iTunes is very effective for ripping audio books into a format you can listen to on the iPod. I hate thousands of small audio files so I choose the option which selects all tracks and merges them into one file per CD. Then I add some extra attributes like remember play back position and do not shuffle.

I also like the fact you can speed up or slow down the playback speed on the iPod for an audio book or spoken word. You can easily add cover art with drag and drop images you find on web pages so you can have cover flow for your audio books.

I have over a dozen different types of MP3 players and the iPod is by far the best choice for me since I know how to roll my own MP3 files from audio books I borrow from local libraries. iTunes is by far the best choice for accomplishing this task and many of its features work with other MP3 players. I like the Zen for recording audio from XM or other radio choices. It is a fair audio book player. Even my MIO GPS plays audio books as well as my cell phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2007 7:05:35 PM PDT
I have an iBook G4 and just bought a Zen V Plus for the FM radio. New at MP3 so didn't notice it was for Vista, not Safari. Also, didn't know the only way to charge it was through my laptop. Should I take it back? I downloaded Windows Media Player and Quicktime but didn't try either one yet. I was told that iPods don't have FM radio. I love to listen to NPR.
Thanks, Jody

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 6:07:58 AM PDT
I have seen AC to USB converters. They were brand specific because the USB-to-device cable supplied was for a particular device. Still as long as one had the USG cable for their player, they salesman at Best Buy thought it would charge any device that usually charged from USB.

Any thought?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 6:55:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2007 6:56:21 AM PDT
Wanda E. says:
Judith, I believe you can get wall chargers for creative products, not sure of the cost or if the generic chargers would work as well. Also, you can download NPR podcasts to your player that doesn't have an FM radio (or to one that does.) Here's a link:

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 3:39:40 PM PDT
Andreatf says:
Thank you, Wanda. I was the one who inquired about the AC adapter. I just bought a Creative Zen V Plus (it has not yet arrived) and an adapter was offered as a accessory . Thanks for the link to NPR podcasts. Although I will use it mainly for audio books, can you download other podcasts to it?


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 3:42:41 PM PDT
Andreatf says:
Thanks. I wanted to charge with an adapter using house current. The one I bought has an adapter as an accessory, so it seems that it can be done.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 4:30:56 PM PDT
Wanda E. says:
OOps, sorry Andrea, I get confused in these long threads. On the topic of podcasts, I've found some good ones through podcast alley (I think it's and from the NPR site. All work very well with the Zen player.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2007 4:57:23 PM PDT
Andreatf says:
Thanks again, Wanda.

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