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    books on tape

    What type of listening device is best to use with books on tape? I want something basic that is simple to operate and uses earphones. Book recommendations would also be appreciated. I have not seen any types of books on tape but know they are available at our library. Are the books on compact discs?
    This will be a gift for a relative who has lost memory and learning ability due to severe brain injury.
    Books would need to be very interesting/entertaining to listen to and not too complicated a plot.
    My sis thought The Old man and the Sea would be a good one.
    Your suggestions/ideas would be appreciated.

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    my 90-something aunt likes the books on tape from the library. she didn't find them difficult to learn. they are on small recorded devices with just a few buttons. the library even provides a spare battery with each.
    there are many formats, though. it looks like Amazon has a free audio trial http://www.amazon.com/Audiobooks-Boo...node=368395011
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    I had a friend that love to listen to taped books while quilting but I find that I can only listen to music while quilting.
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    I listen to audio books all the time as I have a lengthy commute to work. Audible.com is very easy to use. I signed up for a book a month program. I pay a flat fee and get one book credit every month. Works for me. Hope you find something that works.
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    Our Library have most of the books on CD's now for check out or downloadable, they still call it books on tape. There are also pre-loaded units that have just one book on them all you have to do after checking them out is make sure the AA battery works. I have a Sandisk that I listen to books and music on while I work, its small and easy to wear. The only difficultly may be the size of the screen to select the different books. I can store up to 16G of books, some where between 20 and 40.

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    Does the relative live close to you?

    I use Audible and download the books to my iPod. However, there is a charge for Audible books. If you want to borrow free books from the library, your best bet is to go to your library and ask about it at their desk. Many libraries now have a system where you can "borrow" and "return" audiobooks on your computer without ever leaving home. Most of these are NOT compatible with an iPod; instead, you need an MP3 player. You can use headphones with any Apple or MP3 player; they all have a place to plug in the headphones. Your library will be able to tell you exactly what kind of player is required for their digital audiobooks.

    Libraries still have compact discs you can borrow. If you live close to your relative and can physically go to the library to pick up and return compact discs, then that is an easy alternative for you if you do not want to learn how to use MP3 players, etc. For this option, in order to use headphones, you would probably want to purchase a personal CD player.

    I would recommend making stops at both your local library and perhaps your local Best Buy for information. You need to decide whether to use digital audiobooks from the library or compact discs from the library. Your librarians may also be able to make recommendations for book selections for your relative.

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    Quote by Prism.....

    [quote]Libraries still have compact discs you can borrow. If you live close to your relative and can physically go to the library to pick up and return compact discs, then that is an easy alternative for you if you do not want to learn how to use MP3 players, etc. For this option, in order to use headphones, you would probably want to purchase a personal CD player.[quote]

    This was what I wondered about..... if I could borrow the books, take them to him, and when he is finished, I could exchange for another book. I visit him once every week or 10 days and the library is a slight detour off my route.
    I just figured that everything had gone digital. I will check my library and seek advice there. Thank you.
    Last edited by tapper; 10-14-2015 at 08:44 AM.

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    I used to purchase at book stores and the like for my grandmother who was legally blind. She had an old cassette tape player that she used because she knew where all the buttons were. Could probably find one at a yard sale for next to nothing if that is the media you decide to go with and the library does not have one available. For myself, I would get them on both cassette and CD when I had a long commute. Love books on tape (or which ever media works best for you!).

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    My daughters download books from the internet and listen to them in the car and at home. They use their i-phones and their i-pads which can be plugged into their car stereos.
    Have you checked with your friend to make sure he likes the idea? My mother tried to arrange it for my grandmother when her sight was severely diminished, and they really were books on tapes, and my grandmother did not like it at all. She said she would prefer to listen to movies than to be read to. Also, are you sure he wants to use earphones? Maybe a headset would be more comfortable.

    How old is your friend? When my husband (62 yr. old) had eye surgery last year, a friend loaned him an i-pad with all the Harry Potter stories on it and he loved it. He had seen the movies but never read the books. When my FIL had the beginning stages of dementia, he liked reading biographies. Things that didn't have a lot to remember.

    Good luck. You are being a very good friend.

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    I have been a member of Audible for years. I use my Kindle and it seems to work well. You might checkout Good Reads online. They have great reader recommendations.

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    I check out audiobooks ( cd's) from the library all the time.
    Whenever i am driving there is a story going. I like that i squeeze
    in time for reading while driving.

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    The James Herriott books on tape or CDs are perfect for an older man - All Creatures Great and Small, etc. they are all episodes in the life of a Country Vet. They also come in videos and are on PBS.
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    To download free audio books to your computer or tablet try: https://librivox.org/

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    Here I am singing my same old tune, LOL. You can often get books on tapes at thrift stores for just a dollar or two. There are usually a lot of them as people switch to CDs. Sometimes I also find books on CD and I buy them usually for $3 or $4.

    I listen to the CDs in my car as I drive to distract me from the discomfort/pain of doing so. After I finish one, I donate them to the Veteran's Hospital for others to share.

    I know and think it's wonderful that they are available free from the libraries, but my problem with that is that I am very inconsistent with remembering to return them. I found myself often having to pay fines, thank you fibro fog! lol
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    Books on tape are great, they are all on cd's now. You can also set up an iPhone or iPad to download audio books for free, librarians can help you do that. There are a lot of really good books on tape, cozy mysteries, also Louise Penny, M.c. Beaton, so many to choose from now. You can also monitor your account on line, and if you need to renew, or order a book, its easier to do online.

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    I listen to audio books in two formats----buying the book in a CD set or an electronic copy from Audible that I play on an iPod or my Kindle. I like the CDs since I play them in my car on road trips. There are also inexpensive portable CD players at most retail stores like Walmart that are easy to use. I buy used CD books on eBay for under $10 because new ones cost $25-50.
    The electronic version from Audible does require some basic computer skills to purchase and download plus the device to play them on like an iPod or Kindle is more expensive than a CD player, and Audible books can be pricey. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member you can "borrow" one free Book a month for the Kindle.

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    Your local library should have some options for you. They should have audiobooks already loaded on a small device called a PlayAway. You check out the whole device like you would a regular print book. They only have a few buttons like play, stop, rewind and an automatic bookmarking feature. Battery operated and the library supplies the batteries. Each device contains one book. There are also books on cd, but you supply the device to play them on.
    In Ohio, the state library has a feature call Ohio Digital Library which offers free audiobook downloads which stay on your device for 3 weeks. I use this all the time and downloaded the audiobooks to a Creative Zen MP3 player for years, but now download them straight to my smartphone or computer through an app called Overdrive Media. Your library should have a link to this free app as well as a list of compatible MP3 players and someone to help you learn the process. I would bet your state library has a similar program, accessed through your local library.
    There is also a national program called "Talking Books" which offers free audiobooks and players to people with learning difficulties or physical limitations that make it hard for them to read print books. http://www.loc.gov/nls/faq.html#q2 The older devices were set up with just a few large buttons, color coded and with Braille writing on them. Very easy to use and the device was given to you free for as long as you needed it. In the past (8 yrs ago) they would send a booklet of available books and you would call or send in a postcard with the books you wanted. The books were then mailed to you in a hard plastic mailing case with a postage paid return sticker. When you were done, you just mailed it back and requested another book. We had a child with dyslexia who used this service and loved it.
    Again, all these services can be accessed through your public library free of charge. Good luck, hope you find something that your relative can use.
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    I listen to books on my MP3 player while I sew. Love it. The library has the books, I just need to download them. I have ear buds, but also have a little speaker (Just a bit larger then a ping pong ball) that I can pin to my clothes or hang on the bow of my glasses.
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    I too use my local library, but I never have to go there. You just need a library number and Overdrive Media. I used an ipod for years, but for some reason I have gotten a glitch in it and now have to use my smartphone. I liked the pod better, but you first have to download to your computer and then transfer them to my ipod. they stayed there until I removed them. Now with the smartphone, you have to listen before they automatically delete upon the expiration which is for 1 week or two, depending upon what you choose. I never run out of books, have been doing this for years and have not paid for any. Also, if you want a certain book, you can put it on waitlist. Hope this helps.

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    dms.....I, too, have an Ipod which I have used for several years.....downloaded free through MediaOverdrive through the Library.....Early this year, it quit downloading. I've not been able to get to the Library to see if it's my device or their program.....I loved the fact that I could download whatever I had ordered, but listen to it whenever I wanted to. I have dry eye syndrome and cannot read print for long periods of time. I do not have a smartphone.

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    My elderly mom, 85, lives with me, and I bought her a radio/cd player from walmart, about 25 dollars. It is simple to operate, I check out audio books from the library, she loves them!
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    We rented a car to go on vacation this year. We forgot to check and see if it had a CD player.
    I had checked out several elm creek quilt books on CD to listen to during the long drive.
    We stopped at walmart and got a CD player that plugged into the car and we were set.
    It never skipped or had any glitches playing the CDs on the trip. It was just a 20.00 one,
    so nothing fancy.

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    He may qualify to get a free player and books from the National Library Service for the Blind. Anyone who cant read for any reason are able to borrow from them. And I think they use local libraries, or at least some.

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    I download audio books to my Android tablet from my library using Overdrive. It is just like checking out an ebook. My husband downloads using Overdrive to his mp3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Material Witness View Post
    He may qualify to get a free player and books from the National Library Service for the Blind. Anyone who cant read for any reason are able to borrow from them. And I think they use local libraries, or at least some.
    My legally blind 92 year old mother has been using this service for years. They send you a free, easy to use player, and books are sent free through the mail. They come with a preprinted card that is reversed to return the books and the entire service is free. I believe there is a requirement for a physician to sign a form confirming the visual of physical disorder. That is it. No issue in quite a few years and it is my mom's main form of entertainment. She loves it.

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