If you’ve got access to your local library or a service through the company you work for if it’s a big corporation, they might have access to books 24/7 or Safari Books. There are a ton of audio books available on there that you can download in MP3 or .WAV format.
Also, if you just have access to your local library, you can go through the Overdrive program that they should have available for download if it’s a relatively big city or you’re near a big city.
Watch the video or read the transcription:
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Or save the audio for later, if you’d prefer:
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If you choose the MP3 option, you can put that on your smartphone. If you have an iPod go that route but everyone carries their phone around with them. You can use the built-in player if you want although I recommend the Maple Player because it has book marks, you can control speed so you can listen to it at 2x speed for audio books which is great.
You can change the pitch so you won’t have chipmunks talking to you that fast. It’s great overall. I highly recommend it and donate for it to. It’s a nice program.
But you put all those MP3 files in a folder on the SD card of your phone. I’m talking Android here. I’m sure the Apple iPhone has got some great features too that you can hook it up with but you’ve got to go through iTunes. Man, start it or stop it whenever you want, have it playing in the background even when you’ve got the phone locked, and it keeps track of right where you’re at. What more could you ask for?
As soon as you’re done you delete them all and you go get some more. You carry your phone with you everywhere. Just carry an extra headset around with you. While you’re walking around keep it in one ear. If someone talks to you hit the stop. Start back up right when you’re done. Mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, working in the yard, grocery shopping – it doesn’t matter. You’ve always got a pocket library of learning, of school, on your phone that is free.
These are free methods that I’m talking about here. You do need to delete the files when you’re done to meet the requirements of licensing and whatnot but there’s not a whole lot of control. You can take your time and it’s awesome.
I think the best way to listen to audio books and the only method that I use now is on my Android smartphone using the Maple Player and a super cheap ear bud headset wherever I go. That’s it. There’s nothing more to it.
I’ve tried the iPod. I’ve tried the Sansa Plus, which is a nice little MP3 player for $40 but I just kept coming back to my phone because I already have it anyway and I hate carrying more than one thing. Stop listening to music so you can start learning more stuff.
Give it a shot. Good luck and peace out.