Part 2. How to Pick Up a Best Device for Audiobooks
So, what is the best MP3 audiobook player? The answer can be subjective, because it has many things to do with the players as we showed above and everyone's preferences. In a word, it would be differed from every one. Before buying, we list some factors that are worth considering. Please checking them out as below.
It is believed that most of you are likely listen to audiobooks on the go and keep the MP3 player audiobooks device in your pocket. So, the size and the weight is the basic factor you should consider. Unless you use the MP3 device at home, classroom or office. Otherwise, you should make sure to pick up one with light weight and compact size.
While listening to audio files, we may not need to watch the screen all the time. A big screen is more user-friendly, which will help you operate the device and control the playback. Besides, if you want to go to Apple route and get an iPod, you can access to the App Store to add new dimension of usability to your device. But the big screen will be heavier and more expensive.
Devices with small screens are cheaper but that doesn't mean they are with low quality. There can be best MP3 players out there with small displays.
If the MP3 player audiobooks device is with large storage space, then you don't need to carry heavy books with you when going on holiday. Differs from a standard song which is only several MB in capacity, an unabridged audiobook can have as long as several hours' length and several GB capacity. In order to load multiple audiobooks completely, you should make sure to have at least 8GB internal capacity. It would be better if your device supports external SD card.
Although it is difficult to hear the difference between 320Kbps and 1411Kbps songs on MP3 player, a well-developed player should be able to avoid any harsh sound effect or noise and make listening a much better experience. This is especially important for a senior or blind person who has high audio sensitivity or an audiophile who has big requirement for HiFi audiobooks.
For audiobooks files, they are longer in duration than music files, so you need to choose a MP3 player with good battery life. When you are outside listening audiobooks, a long endurance MP3 player for audiobooks device with 10~15 hours' endurance will ensure you to concentrate on the things you are doing without interruption.
The Bluetooth feature with help you stream music from your MP3 audiobook players to other Bluetooth compatible devices easily in a party or share songs with friends. A WiFi capability will let you download songs directly online without relying on the computers. If without WIFi, you have to download the audiobooks on your computer, then transfer the files from your computer to your MP3 player.
Many audiobooks are so long that you can't finish listening at a time. With the bookmarking features, you can easily navigate to the last part you left off and continue the listening without starting from scratch. Now some MP3 players don't have this feature. But if you want to read part of one book or listen to some music, then a MP3 player with the bookmarking feature will help you a lot.
File Format Compatibility
Generally, the MP3 audiobook player can support audio formats like MP3, AAC, WMV, etc. However, nowadays many audiobook sources like iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks come with proprietary formats and DRM protection.
So to listen to them on the MP3 player audiobooks device, you need to make sure you have a suitable player or an Audible compatible MP3 player. If you can't find one suitable, then you should consider to use a third-party tool to get those audiobooks to MP3 player supported formats.