The best listening device for books

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The best listening device for books
Audiobook devices allow you to listen to books at any time. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The complaint that most avid readers have is that they do not have time to read. Thanks to technology, it is now possible for those with limited time to keep up with this great activity. There are many multimedia devices available that you can download reading materials to. These devices are portable, lightweight and can be used at home, in your car, at the gym or at work. Though purchasing books on CD is still an option, using multimedia listening devices allows you to store and organise hundreds of books to listen to at your convenience.

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Apple iPad

The Apple iPad is an intuitive touchscreen computer tablet that was released in January 2010. Many people use this device to browse the web, play games, display photos, watch movies and read books. You can also listen to audio files with an iPad. Audio books can be downloaded directly to an iPad from Apple iBooks, the Audible website or any audio book program compatible with the device.

Apple iPhone

This multifunctional touchscreen cell phone, music player, camera and web browser can be used to listen to audio files. The iPhone became popular in 2007, and millions use the device to listen to their favourite books while driving, taking public transportation or relaxing. You can transfer audio files from your computer to your iPhone, or you can download books directly from the web to the device. You must download your audio books using web-based services that are compatible with the iPhone, such as iTunes or Audible.

Zune MP3 Player

Zune is a portable media player designed by Microsoft. You can use it for web surfing, watching movies and listening to audio files. When you sync your Zune with your computer, you can transfer audio files directly to it. The Zune is known for its excellent sound quality. It is compatible with Windows Media Player and supports audio book downloads from the Audible and Overdrive websites.


The Kindle is a hand-held device that you can use to read books, newspapers, magazines and blogs. Many people also use the Kindle to listen to audio books. The Kindle has a built-in speaker and a headphone jack. Its text-to-speech function allows you to listen to a computerised voice read books or passages. You can also download audio books to your Kindle through the Audible website.

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