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Nokia Audiobooks

I predict that the mobile phone will soon become the One Device to Rule Them All – just one gadget to carry for phone calls, music, eBooks, photos, games, GPS, video, and more. But most importantly, our cell phone will be our audiobook playback device, with Bluetooth connectivity to radio & stereo and instant downloads from online vendors or public library. Nokia cell phone customers have a new upgrade that will make the transition easier. On the Nokia Blog, software developer (and audiobook fan) Janne Vainio describes the new audiobook software manager.  Download Nokia Audiobooks here. How long do you think it will take to simplify our tech gadgets into One Device? I give it three years.



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. Hi, Mary. Thanks for the article and the link to the Nokia site. Depending on the phone that you have, you may not even have to wait 3 years for it to become your one device. I use my iPhone to listen to audiobooks and music, check my e-mail, surf the web, watch movies, get pseudo-GPS readings and driving maps, and sometimes even make a phone call!

    You can already buy and download things from iTunes if you’re at an AT&T hot spot. Thousands of apps already exist in the Apple store, and I won’t be surprised to see Apple or independent developers create this same sort of app for the iPhone.

    I am finding that I will probably have 2 devices — the iPhone and my Kindle ebook reader. I love my Kindle almost as much as my iPhone and iPod. It is revolutionizing my life in the same way my first iPod did 4.5 years ago. I could read ebooks on my iPhone, but I prefer the screen size and ease of using the Kindle.

    I could listen to audiobooks on it as well, but I haven’t tried it. Since I have to connect it to the computer to load audiobooks, I continue to load them on the iPhone, which is certainly a more convenient device to take the to gym.

    Karen Commins

  2. Mary says:

    Thanks for sharing you thoughts, Karen! I have an iPhone in my view once my current Verizon contract is up in June. But I’d love to hear from others about their experiences in combining tech on one device – any Google phone users out there? What about those who download from the public library onto a Windows-platform smart phone?

  3. keir says:

    I hate to sound like a follower of King Ludd, but the idea of reading books on a phone makes me shudder. Using a phone for audiobooks, however, makes perfect sense!

  4. Mary says:

    Keir, I’ll let you try my iPhone – after I get it for my birthday in July (hint hint family). Then we’ll see 😉

  5. Thanks for sharing you thoughts, Karen! I have an iPhone in my view once my current Verizon contract is up in June.

    nice blog



  6. Interesting article, i have bookmarked your blog for future referrence 🙂

  7.' Nokia Themes says:

    Interesting thoughts, and I think you are right about that. There will be one device that can do anything a person needs (in business and personal life)

  8.' JP says:

    Thanks for Mary for this great article, however; I am looking audiobook software for my audio book store. Can you recommend me one?

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