Top 10 Best iPod or MP3 Player for Audiobooks
1. Apple iPod Nano
The Apple iPod Nano uses iTunes to import audiobooks. I found this device to be useful because of the ease of use of the click wheel. You could rapidly scroll backward and forward while listening to an audiobook if you want to go back to a certain place, or missed what was said and need to go back. When you turn off the iPod Nano it automatically goes back to the place you stopped. The ease of using the click wheel is one of the reason this stands apart from the rest. There are other ways to download audiobooks to your iPod Nano, such as Audible.com. It is small, has good capacity and a long battery life. You could not ask for more for an audio book player.
If you are like me and really love the click wheel, you will have to find a refurbished iPod Nano as the new devices employ touch screens. A new iPod nano costs $149 at the Apple store while a refurbished one (with the click wheel) could be priced at anywhere from $29 to $149.
2. Apple iPod Touch
With the Apple iPod Touch can have thousands of bookmarks, if you listen to several different audiobooks. One of the great features is if you sync the iPod Touch it remembers the bookmarks for each book. If you read the book on your computer instead of on the Touch after you sync it remembers where you stopped on the computer. You can set audiobooks to play faster than normal so you can hear them more quickly or slower. You can purchase audiobooks for the iPod Touch through iTunes but also from other sources.
iPod Touch is currently available for $299.00 for the 32GB and $399.00 for the 64GB at the Apple website. Again, you can purchase refurbished or older models from various sources such as Amazon, New Egg or even Target and Walmart. Apple also sells refurbished iPods on their website.
3. SanDisk Sansa
The SanDisk Sansa uses an expandable memory card slot. This means you don’t have to rely on your computer or the Internet when you want to listen to audiobooks. Just insert a preloaded microSD or microSDHC card and you are ready to go in a few seconds. No waiting for audiobook downloads and no computer required. When you turn off the SanDisk Sansa it saves your position for each chapter. The SanDisk Sansa is a lot like a thumb drive, you can drag and drop files to it without having to install any software on your computer. You can download audiobooks from Audible, NetLibrary and Overdrive. SanDisk cannot play iTunes audiobooks however. Sansas are available from a variety of realitors and range in price from $22 to over $200 depending on the amount of storage you require.
4. Creative Zen & the Creative Zen MX
With the Creative Zen you can set up to 10 bookmarks and make playlists to link the various sub-parts or chapters of longer audiobooks. Their 8GB model is $99 and the 16GB is $139.99. You can use sources such as Overdrive, NetLibrary, LibriVox and audible.com. The Create Zen works with Audible along with NetLibrary and Overdrive. With this MP3 player you can easily store up to 10 bookmarks at a time and it’s very easy to set and retrieve a bookmark.