App update & Android Audiobooks

Adding to my posts on audiobook apps, Recorded Books just updated their list of  iTunes apps in this listing totaling 100 great selections of bestsellers, teen titles, and reviewer favorites. Sadly, as an Android phone user I can’t give a report on the iPhone usability – but would love to hear from readers who’ve downloaded an audiobook app from iTunes.

I can report that I am very happy with the two audiobook applications I’m using on my cell phone. I grabbed the opportunity to download the Audible for Android beta app, and have found the application a joy to use on my HTC Hero, running Android 2.1. Any Android user can take part – just head over to the Audible for Android (Beta) Google User’s Group and join up. You’ll get a download link that will allow you to access any of your past purchases on your phone. There’s a ton of great features, but the beta experience can have some glitches – read the FAQs for more information. It’s been pain-free for me so far. Plus, I’ve a big fan of OverDrive Media’s cell phone app, which makes it easy for iPhone, Blackberry, Android & Windows Mobile phones to serve as audiobook players. I love being able to download audiobooks using my public library’s OverDrive digital site – and so does my budget 😉

The upshot of adding the ease of cell phone apps to my listening? My junk drawer now holds a huge variety of MP3 players – I can’t be bothered to rip & transfer audiobooks on CDs anymore! I’m in an interesting time warp, splitting my listening between my good old 20th-century Sony Walkman CD player (complete with uber-nerd fanny pack carrycase) and my 21st-century wifi-smartphone clipped to my side. I’m even considering taking my poor old 2004 Prius in to have the car stereo replaced as it has no Aux input for my cell phone’s headphone jack.- believe it or not it has a dual player with both CD and CASSETTE (remember those?).

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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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