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Old 02-13-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Public Library audiobooks on kindle basic?

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Is it possible to listen to audiobooks from the library on the kindle basic?


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Old 02-13-2019, 08:25 PM   #2
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Hi,
Is it possible to listen to audiobooks from the library on the kindle basic?


Thanks,

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No, it has to be in your Kindle library, using Audible format.

(or anything newer than Kindle basic ‘keyboardless non touch’) will not play MP3 files that typically are used for library audiobooks.
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:32 AM   #3
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And your phone is 100% the better choice for listening to audiobooks anyway
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Old 02-14-2019, 04:38 AM   #4
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Yep. Audiobooks are not a happy companion for the small battery of an eInk device. It’ll drain the battery flat in a very few hours. A cheap MP3 player will do far better.
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Old 02-14-2019, 05:46 AM   #5
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Yep. Audiobooks are not a happy companion for the small battery of an eInk device. It’ll drain the battery flat in a very few hours. ...
Is this accurate? A Kindle basic has a 1530mah battery. My phone has 1642mah battery. I think I can probably get about 6 hours listening to audio on my phone with everything on (cell, wifi, gps, bluetooth). Why would the Kindle basic be worse (assuming you turn off wifi)? Is the screen on/updating on the Kindle Basic while you are listening to an Audiobook?
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Is this accurate? A Kindle basic has a 1530mah battery. My phone has 1642mah battery. I think I can probably get about 6 hours listening to audio on my phone with everything on (cell, wifi, gps, bluetooth). Why would the Kindle basic be worse (assuming you turn off wifi)? Is the screen on/updating on the Kindle Basic while you are listening to an Audiobook?
Your phone has much beefier hardware to help it do the job. The poor little Kindle has to do it all in software using its not terribly powerful CPU.
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Your phone has much beefier hardware to help it do the job. The poor little Kindle has to do it all in software using its not terribly powerful CPU.
By beefier, do you mean mp3 deadicated/coprocessor(s) hardware? Do cheap mp3 players have the beefier hardware?

I thought a lot of this stuff was basically "free", but just wasn't implemented. For example most wifi chips on e-readers have Bluetooth support, but the Bluetooth isn't implemented/exposed to the user.

Just curious, thanks.
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By beefier, do you mean mp3 deadicated/coprocessor(s) hardware? Do cheap mp3 players have the beefier hardware?
Yes, that's exactly what I mean. Even the cheapest phone or MP3 player almost certainly has a hardware codec to do the "decoding" of the MP3, but a basic Kindle does not.
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For the OP, what you need is a cheap Fire tablet. That will play audiobooks from your library just fine using the app. No computer required (Amazon registers your unit when you buy it, so not a problem there). The ability to sideload audiobooks on a Kindle ereader ended with I think the Touch (2012).
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Thank you all for the help. A friend is giving me her 8th gen kindle basic and i was thinking about using it for audiobooks and as a travel reader.

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For the OP, what you need is a cheap Fire tablet. That will play audiobooks from your library just fine using the app. No computer required (Amazon registers your unit when you buy it, so not a problem there). The ability to sideload audiobooks on a Kindle ereader ended with I think the Touch (2012).
You can download .aax from Audible.com and side-load to /documents folder. It works just fine. But there’s no mp3 support.

Unlocked Android phones can be had as cheaply as Fire, e.g. for $39:

https://www.amazon.com/BLU-Advance-U...phone+unlocked

One would add SD storage of course. The size is much more portable than a Fire tablet, which is more ideal for audiobooks. And with Google Play App Store, you could install library apps that are not available on Fire from Amazon AppStore (I think the only one there is Overdrive, the rest you have to side-load).

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Thank you all for the help. A friend is giving me her 8th gen kindle basic and i was thinking about using it for audiobooks and as a travel reader.
It'll play Amazon's Audible books via Bluetooth speakers or headphones, but not the standard audio books they loan at public libraries.
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