Audio books for Fuze

Can audio books be obtained from sources other than audio.com? I dont think I would use them too often,and would rather buy them one at a time rather than a monthly subscription. (or get for free if possible)

There are free ones on the net (there is a thread on here) But Ive noticed some of them are a little rough (Read by Volunteers). What I would do is check your local library, and see if you can just rip the CDs as an MP3 to your PC. Also your local book store will probably have a selection. This way they are yours forever.

Thanks for the quick reply. So that should be doable with the Fuze? I am running XP

@conversionbox wrote:
There are free ones on the net (there is a thread on here) But Ive noticed some of them are a little rough (Read by Volunteers). What I would do is check your local library, and see if you can just( rip the CDs as an MP3 to your PC.) Also your local book store will probably have a selection. This way they are yours forever.

Oh yeah! Its one of the more popular features. Something to remember when you pull the files into the computer and you set the Genre, make sure you set it as speech. Then when you transfer to the player the files go into the Audiobooks folder so you get bookmarking, and you can change the speed of the playback.

What about buying MP3 books from Amazon.Can they be used?

Never Tried it. I dont really use audiobooks, but it gets asked about so oftern I figured I would try it out. I have not done one from Amazon. I think Im gonna because I am striking out on one book I want.

This is probably the thread:

http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=sansafuse&thread.id=4085&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

I highly recommend Podiobooks They’re free and the audio quality is vary rarely less than great.

I would check with your library, my library has a web page that I can download audiobooks for free to my fuze.

Thanks,the library does look like a good source for borrowing audio books. Some can even be burned to CD legally, after being down loaded according to the web site.Thats my next project after learnig how to get home videos on my Fuze. Im making pretty good progress since I downloaded  file converting software. (my videos were mostly in TS.VOB and needed  to be converted). These little devices sure can do a lot for the money,this is my first player and there is a lot to learn.

I use the local library to get Audiobooks on either Audio CD or MP3 CD for free.  There’s another place around here called Annie’s Book Stop, which takes Audiobooks on CD and MP3 in trade, and sells them at a reduced price for traders.   It’s a franchise outfit so there may be some of these shops, or something like them, where you are.

Also, the local bookstore buys old books, including old audiobooks and sells them on the cheap.

Between the library, Annie’s Book Stop, and the bookstore’s used section, I get many audiobooks for free and others at good prices.

Another thing you might consider to save money is to buy audiobooks on cassette and record them to your hard drive as MP3 files.  The cassettes are on sale almost everywhere for very reasonable prices.  To record them you’d need a cassette deck with a two-channel line out and an adapter for the sound card on your PC.  If you happen to have this crap lying around as I did, you won’t have to spend any money to get set up.  I use a program called Jet Audio-Video to record the cassettes to MP3.  I honestly can’t remember if it’s freeware but there are plenty of freeware MP3 recorders to be had in places like Cnet’s Downloads.com.

Places like Audiobookstand.com are always selling cassettes cheap.  Plus any old audiobooks you find in used book stores, flea markets, etc, are likely to be on cassette.

There is always the option of paying the big bucks for new audiobooks.  When I do this, I first find the titles I want at Audiobookstand.com or BlackstoneAudio.com.  Then I find the same audio titles on Amazon and compare prices.   Usually, especially if I can get “Free Super Shipping”, I get a better deal buying them in quantity at Amazon.  

Anyway, those are some of the places I find audiobooks.

Oh yeah, I forgot the “Still Good Shed” at the town dump!  

(It really is a shed that they operate, I don’t go picking around in the landfill or anything like that, though I have occasionally found good hats by doing so)

Have a good one, 

Big Al Mintaka

"I believe a leaf of grass

is no less than the journey-work of the stars."

–Walt Whitman

Message Edited by AlanMintaka on 03-30-2009 11:24 PM