After writing the audiobook review for The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg, I got a question from Connie H., “Do you read your audio books through your Kindle Fire? If so could you explain how that works. Do you need an app? Can I use my ear plugs from my I-pod. How does it work when renting one from the library? I love to read on my Kindle, but I feel like so much time is wasted just reading alone. Sewing and listening to a book would be so much better. Please make a post on how it all works? Thank you”
I thought I would attempt to answer that question here on the blog as there are likely others of you who are wondering the same thing. I am going to try to break the question into pieces so that it is easier to understand. I do have a Kindle Fire. I do listen to some of the books using it. I had a membership to Audible and used to listen to some books using that. I loved the company and books they offered but when trying to cut some expenses to make the new house affordable, it’s one of the things I gave up- $14.95 a month isn’t a lot, but I was willing to sacrifice it. To use Audible, I just signed up on line, downloaded the Audible App and listened from there. I have also used an Audible App for my smart phone. It is a free app that you can find in your app store. The advantage to the Audible is that subscribers can keep their books in their account. They audio book files don’t go away. Another advantage is that I could listen on my smart phone, computer or Kindle Fire.
One of the reasons I gave up my Audible account was that I am very fortunate to have an on line library where I can get audio books for free. I listen to these in several different formats. I listen either to my MP3 player, computer, smart phone or Kindle Fire. My library uses an app called Overdrive that is available for free in App Stores.
This is a universal app that libraries who have an online presence use. You can watch videos and learn more about it here. Our local library in Waucoma opted not to have an online presence so I opted to go to one of the larger towns and get a library card with them and lend books through them. I listen to so many audio books that I actually have online memberships with two different libraries. With my online library, I have to be more observant which books are compatible with which device I want to use. This is something that your local librarian can easily walk you through or you can read more here and discover if your mobile device is compatible. If you are looking for use with your Kindle Fire, you will need of download the audiobook in an MP3 format NOT a WMA file. It just matters what files are compatible with which device. Here is a whole host of questions that Overdrive answers in their FAQ.
Each library group has it’s own settings. For me, I can adjust my settings so that I can either keep titles for 7 days or 14 days. The bummer is, if I don’t finish the audio book in that time period, it automatically gets returned and I can’t check it out again unless no one has it on hold. I previously got a little frustrated as it seemed that books were always on long waiting lists. That has recently improved. It also improved because I have two library cards. One account I use so that I put books I want to read on hold through. The other I check out books that aren’t on hold. There are ways to work around most anything.
I do know that using the app does run down the batteries quicker than regular use. I keep mine plugged in if I am using it for a long period (over a couple hours). That is one of the reasons why I keep my MP3 player and listen to books through that. The battery life is much better. I have a cheap MP3 player and use it when mowing lawn and gardening. That way I don’t worry about my Kindle or smart phone being damaged.
Yes, you should be able to use your ear phones from device to device.
I am sure I didn’t answer all of the question but I at least hope I helped a little or guided you to some good resources. Feel free to ask more questions.
I LOVE audiobooks..I love them when I garden, when I sew, when I fold laundry, when I walk…I love them all the time!!