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Will the new Kindle Touch play OverDrive WMA Audiobooks?


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Initial post: Oct 31, 2011, 7:27:09 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
I saw some of these listed in the eMedia catalog of my library,and I'm not sure if my new Kindle Touch will play these particular Audiobooks?
I know Kindles will play those from that Audiobook place they bought(forget the name at the moment), but I'm not sure about these from Overdrive.

Any opinion on the quality to expect,or should I just forget playing Audio files on a Kindle and opt for an MP3 player instead,for Audiobooks?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 7:42:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011, 8:06:07 AM PDT
You will probably be happier with a MP3 player. I have a Sansa and have used it for both Audible and library audio books. SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4 GB MP3 Player (Black)

However, the Kindle will play MP3s and there are many books in that format available through Overdrive library system. If you just want to try it out for one book and will not be stopping, rewinding, etc. it works fine. You just connect the Kindle with a USP and download it into appropriate file on kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 7:51:13 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Chris, if you primarily want to play audio files, a device built for that purpose might be better.

However, you mention an MP3 player: the Kindles all (except for the new $79/109) model play MP3s. A WMA (Windows Media Audio) file is not an MP3 file.

You have control over audiobooks on the Kindle, whether they are in MP3 format or one of the Audible.com formats. The only thing is to put them into the Audible folder on the Kindle (not the Music folder). If you put an MP3 there, it will appear on your Kindle homescreen as though it was an e-book. When you open it, you can rewind it, advance it, and so on.

One of the nice things: if you get the books from Audible.com or an MP3 from Amazon, Amazon will store it for you for free. I know they store music MP3s, and I assume they would store audiobook MP3s as well...I haven't checked the selection, or the specific rules on that, though.

When you get the Kindle Touch (it's not out yet, but I presume you've pre-ordered one), try it out...if it works for you on audiobooks, you won't have to buy and carry another device. If it doesn't, that's always an option.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 7:57:16 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 8:29:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011, 8:39:35 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
Audible that's the name I couldn't remember!

Thank you all for the info. I will be using my Kindle pretty much exclusively for reading,but I thought it might be fun to try an audiobook now and then when my 10 year old granddaughter is visiting and we are doing a craft or something,so I was thinking of some way we both could hear it at the same time. Of course I could always use CDs,LOL!

Thanks again,everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 9:07:33 AM PDT
Hi Sparkle-
I think you are thinking about the text to speech format which is different than the MP3 format. Text to speech can be turned on on any book that has that feature enabled. Audiobooks are narrated by actors. Audiobooks can be loaded on to the Kindle. Check Bufo's post above. FYI, you can also listen to music on your Kindle while reading.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 10:28:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011, 11:01:46 AM PDT
C. Hall says:
Yep, I knew that I can use the TTS feature if the book is TTS enabled,but I was thinking of getting a story with actual voice actors.

Now, listen to music while reading at 'the same time',NO WAY! I'm lucky to chew gum and walk at the same time,so I will never use that feature,LOL!

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 10:56:33 AM PDT
Sparkle says:
Nospin, Thanks for letting me know that I can upload actual Audio books with the actors, actresses, and authors reading the books! I have the very first Kindle, so I'm unaware of this feature. I'm anxiously awaiting the new Kindle Touch with 3G/Wi-Fi. I wonder what the speak on the Kindle sounds like? Or do you use headphones. I use earbuds with the Sanza.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 11:05:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2011, 12:40:16 PM PST
C. Hall says:
Bufo Calvin says:
[quote]Chris, if you primarily want to play audio files, a device built for that purpose might be better.

However, you mention an MP3 player: the Kindles all (except for the new $79/109) model play MP3s. A WMA (Windows Media Audio) file is not an MP3 file.

You have control over audiobooks on the Kindle, whether they are in MP3 format or one of the Audible.com formats. The only thing is to put them into the Audible folder on the Kindle (not the Music folder). If you put an MP3 there, it will appear on your Kindle homescreen as though it was an e-book. When you open it, you can rewind it, advance it, and so on.

One of the nice things: if you get the books from Audible.com or an MP3 from Amazon, Amazon will store it for you for free. I know they store music MP3s, and I assume they would store audiobook MP3s as well...I haven't checked the selection, or the specific rules on that, though.

When you get the Kindle Touch (it's not out yet, but I presume you've pre-ordered one), try it out...if it works for you on audiobooks, you won't have to buy and carry another device. If it doesn't, that's always an option. [/quote]

I'm sorry my son was talking to me and I just skimmed over this info. I'm glad that I re-read this thread,because the MP3 info is very good to know. I will check my library's online catalog to see how many books they have in MP3 format.

Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 3:14:37 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Sparkle, just to amplify Nospin's answer:

Your Kindle Touch will be able to play the same sorts of recorded audiobooks as your Sansa. You would hear the actors in the same way.

A Kindle (except the Kindle 1 and the latest Kindle, the $79/$109 one) can also do text-to-speech, but that's an entirely different process.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 3:38:05 PM PDT
Sparkle says:
Bufo Calvin, Thank you!!! That is great news! I didn't realize this was possible. I'm still using my old Kindle 1. Not up to date with all the Kindles, and what they can do. Now, I'm even more anxious to receive the newest Kindle Touch (is that Kindle 4 or 5?) I've lost count.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011, 7:03:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011, 7:04:27 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Sparkle, we don't know yet if it is a fourth or fifth generation Kindle. That's going to depend on the software version.

You can count Kindles a lot of different ways (I can get over twenty variations), but for generations, based on the software version:

Kindle 1 starts with a 1

Kindle 2 and Kindle DX start with a 2

Kindle 3 (now called a Kindle Keyboard) starts with a three

The $79/$109 Kindle (which I call a Mindle) starts with a four

My guess is that the Kindle Touch line will be a 5, since the software will be presumably different to incorporate X-Ray.

Your Kindle 1 does play audiobooks...same thing, put the file in the Audible folder on the Kindle.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 8:20:33 PM PDT
TerryB says:
+1 to all the recommends for using an MP3 device rather the Kindle to listen to audiobooks. As much as I love my Kindle, and I love it a lot, I still prefer my Sansa Clip for audiobooks. It's cheap and tiny and powerful.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011, 8:25:46 PM PDT
Sparkle says:
AuroraG,

I tend to agree with you about the Sansa or any of the small MP3 listening devices. I like the ability to place these small devices in my pocket or clip them to my clothes and use the headsets or earbuds and be able to move around freely while listening to a book. I don't have the particular model of Sansa you mentioned, but I'm going to consider it for Audible books. My Sansa is the Fuze, and it's a bit larger. Not as portable as a clip on. Thanks for the info.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011, 6:38:07 AM PST
diane says:
i thank you for all this advice about audiobooks on the kindle .. i, too, have a sansa fuze that i totally love and have just received my kindle. i have several books on my sansa that i would like to transfer to the kindle so i'm only carrying ONE device instead of two ... i guess we'll see how it works! thanks again

Posted on Nov 30, 2011, 6:41:36 AM PST
diane says:
oh .. question to bufo calvin ... are you able to "bookmark" (sort of) using this method on the kindle? you know, stop it at some point when needed and come back to that position when ready?

Posted on Dec 25, 2011, 1:12:14 PM PST
K. haskins says:
can I read a book on my Kindle 3G AND listen to music at the same time?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2012, 9:25:00 PM PDT
Dan S. Tong says:
You are happily mistaken, audiobooks played on Kindle or anything else are the real thing with actors voices.
You will hear the the audiobook the way you would on any mp3 player. Of course the sound quality will be better with most earphones than with the built in speaker.

What you are thinking of is the text to speech feature that Kindle can do with any Kindle format (text) book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012, 5:19:05 PM PST
angelavila says:
Nospin,
Does the SanDisk MP3 player you mention remember the place of an Overdrive WMA audiobook? I have the typical Apple issue (on the iPhone) that it treats WMA audiobooks as music and therefore decides it wants to reset back to the beginning of the part. Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012, 6:50:53 PM PST
Sparkle says:
Yes, it does remember your place in the book.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012, 7:30:28 PM PST
I have the Sansa Clip Plus. When I download Overdrive .wma audiobooks from the library, the default folder it puts them in is Music. It works better if you manually change the file location (during the transfer process) and put the files in Audiobooks. You have to do this during transfer; you can't manually move the files (due to DRM.) The older model of the Sansa Clip doesn't have an Audiobooks folder; it puts them all in music. But they both remember where you stopped just fine.
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