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Old 08-30-2014, 10:25 AM   #1
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What would you suggest?

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Old 08-30-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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What would you suggest?

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To help us help you, where do you get your audiobooks from?

I get the majority of my audiobooks from OverDrive public libraries and Audible. Each of those sources have dedicated apps, so I use the players inside those apps to play my audiobooks.
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I really like the Smarter Player app, which has better speed gradations than the Audible or Overdrive apps. I doubt Audible books would play on it and I don't bother with Overdrive books if I can finish them before the loans expire, but for everything else and for Overdrive books where I need more time, it's terrifc.
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:46 PM   #4
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I have some abs ripped from CDs, I have no idea where I would buy in the future and even if I will at all, I am just trying this new way to enjoy a book, but generally I do not like DRMed things and I prefer to buy unprotected matter.

The app that would serve me best would be one capable of reading from audio files inside dropbox and to sync the listening point amongst several iDevices but I suspect there is none.

I didn't know Overdrive, I'll have a look.

Thank you, happy reading or listening.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:48 PM   #5
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I prefer the Ambling Audiobook player. Two features that I haven't found in the other players I tried are:

1. When you begin playback on a book you have already begun, it automatically backs up ~30 seconds from where audio stopped. This helps me a lot in remembering where I am in a book.

2. Shake to restart sleep timer. When I am having trouble sleeping, I set the shutoff timer for 10 minutes. If I haven't fallen asleep by then, when the chime sounds I can just shake the iPhone to reset the timer for another 10 minutes.
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:28 AM   #6
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Thank you. It does look interesting, for those same reasons.

Thanks again, have a nice day.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:01 PM   #7
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My favorite iPhone audio book player is Bookmark. Unfortunately, the author has stopped updating it, but it still works well. It has a few glitches, but for some reason I still like it best.

I've also tried SpeedUp, which lets you change the speed of the audio, which might be nice when you just need to get the info. I don't like how you have to manually add all files as a playlist, and I also don't like how small the position icon is (makes it more difficult to select and nudge).

I've tried Magic Words player, and it's okay. I like the icon placements and size.

I've tried SmartPlayer, but the version I have doesn't allow me to play mp3 audiobook I load to the iPhone from my hard disk, so I don't have much experience with it.

I've tried a player for iPhone called Audiobook Player. It's a fairly nice one. I don't care for the way it display the remaining time.

I've tried Multi Audiobook Player. I've not used it for an entire book, but it's okay I think.

I tried Ambling Lite, but the Lite version doesn't let me load Mp3 files from my hard disk.
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My favorite iPhone audio book player is Bookmark. Unfortunately, the author has stopped updating it, but it still works well. It has a few glitches, but for some reason I still like it best.

I've also tried SpeedUp, which lets you change the speed of the audio, which might be nice when you just need to get the info. I don't like how you have to manually add all files as a playlist, and I also don't like how small the position icon is (makes it more difficult to select and nudge).

I've tried Magic Words player, and it's okay. I like the icon placements and size.

I've tried SmartPlayer, but the version I have doesn't allow me to play mp3 audiobook I load to the iPhone from my hard disk, so I don't have much experience with it.

I've tried a player for iPhone called Audiobook Player. It's a fairly nice one. I don't care for the way it display the remaining time.

I've tried Multi Audiobook Player. I've not used it for an entire book, but it's okay I think.

I tried Ambling Lite, but the Lite version doesn't let me load Mp3 files from my hard disk.
I love Bookmark too. It's so sad its not updated anymore. I've found nothing close to it for my fan fiction audiobooks.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:45 AM   #9
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I prefer the Ambling Audiobook player. Two features that I haven't found in the other players I tried are:

1. When you begin playback on a book you have already begun, it automatically backs up ~30 seconds from where audio stopped. This helps me a lot in remembering where I am in a book.

2. Shake to restart sleep timer. When I am having trouble sleeping, I set the shutoff timer for 10 minutes. If I haven't fallen asleep by then, when the chime sounds I can just shake the iPhone to reset the timer for another 10 minutes.
Do you have the pro version? Only the lite does not allow imported books so I don't have the opportunity to try it without buying it first.
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Do you have the pro version? Only the lite does not allow imported books so I don't have the opportunity to try it without buying it first.
I do indeed have the Pro version.
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I use the Audible app for books which I buy from them. I like the fact that I can retrieve a book from the "cloud" when I want to read a new book. I love this app. It remembers my place in a book, gives me the option of speeding up the playback, has great controls for rewinding (love that 30-second button), etc.

This past summer I participated in the SYNC Audio YA give-away and now have a lot of books in MP3 format. I imported one book into iTunes on my PC and created a playlist which I then transferred to my iPhone. (Right now I *think* I tethered the iPhone to the PC and asked iTunes to send the playlist to my phone.) I simply use the built-in "Music" app on the phone to play the book. This app is adequate. But it doesn't remember my place in the audio file if I close the app. I have gotten used to noting my location (file number and time remaining) when I stop listening. The rewind controls are iffy -- you can jump to the beginning of the track or to previous tracks (jumping forward as well), but with each track being 60 minutes long, that's just too coarse of control. You can also slide the position (high speed scrub), but it's very touchy and difficult to back up just a minute or two.

I think I'll check out the other options mentioned above.
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I simply use the built-in "Music" app on the phone to play the book. This app is adequate. But it doesn't remember my place in the audio file if I close the app. I have gotten used to noting my location (file number and time remaining) when I stop listening.
The music app will remember your place if it's told to. You must change the properties of the files after importing them into itunes. Right-click on the mp3-album and go to properties. Make sure that "remember my place" is marked. I also tick "do not shuffle". (I have itunes in Norwegian, so not sure of exact wording).

You should also change the file from music to audio book. This will move them from the music tab to audio books in itunes, and will also make them show up under audio books in the music app after you send them to your phone. When the app plays dedicated audio files, the control changes so you can jump forwards and backwards 15 sec. You can still use a playlist to play them if you like, but it's not necessary, they will play in order.

When the books are set up as audio books, you can also use the audible app to listen to them. They will show up under the itunes tab. Most things work, but not speed up.

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What tilia said!

I also recommend the app "Audiobook Builder". You plug in mp3s, give it some information, and it will build a properly formatted audiobook, with a cover etc, to your specifications (eg how long to go before breaking the file, etc).
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I use a combination of the audible app and iTunes/the music app. I get the vast majority of my audiobooks from audible. Both are perfectly adequate for listening to a specific audible book, Neither are very good for organizing audio books or for helping to decide what to listen to next. I generally use iTunes to organize my audiobooks and put them into a playlist for the car.
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The music app will remember your place if it's told to. You must change the properties of the files after importing them into itunes. Right-click on the mp3-album and go to properties. Make sure that "remember my place" is marked. I also tick "do not shuffle". (I have itunes in Norwegian, so not sure of exact wording).

You should also change the file from music to audio book. This will move them from the music tab to audio books in itunes, and will also make them show up under audio books in the music app after you send them to your phone. When the app plays dedicated audio files, the control changes so you can jump forwards and backwards 15 sec. You can still use a playlist to play them if you like, but it's not necessary, they will play in order.

When the books are set up as audio books, you can also use the audible app to listen to them. They will show up under the itunes tab. Most things work, but not speed up.
Thanks for this, Tilia. It's very helpful

> Right-click on the mp3-album and go to properties.
> Make sure that "remember my place" is marked.

There isn't a properties option in iTunes 12.0.1, however I found a "Get Info" option that allows me to set the "Remember playback position".

> You should also change the file from music to audio book.

I couldn't find this option -- looked over & over again & finally realized that the "Media Type" was actually a pull-down! I quickly changed the playlist/album to a type of audiobook and Voila! Success.

Thanks so much for the directions. I'm anxious to now download another of the audiobooks from SYNC to see how it works in the iPhone's playback.
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