Are there devices specifically meant to play audiobooks/Audible?

A friend of mine loves to read, but has lost fine motor control to arthritis. She can't hold a book and is not capable of turning a page. Just to complicate things, she's also a proud luddite: no computer, no smartphone, no e-readers. I happen to love audiobooks and would like to introduce her to this hands-free reading option. I'm having trouble finding a device that just does audiobooks. Do I have to buy a smartphone or mp3 player? Does Audible sell their own device? What about an Alexa-enabled device? Whatever it is, it'll have to be uncomplicated and extremely user-friendly. Ideally low- or no-touch.

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  1. J Starr 2805 Accepted Answer Community Answer

    Your friend should be eligible for free audio books from The National Library for the Blind.

    https://www.loc.gov/nls/

    There is, of course, an application, and someone (I always did it for folks I helped in Nursing Homes) has to sign off that she needs this service, and she will get a player, a HUGE catalogue, and up to four books on a memory stick at a time.  She finishes one, sends it back, and the next one on her order list is sent.

    They player is simplicity-  looks like a big  cassette recorder with three great big buttons-  red to stop, green to go, yellow up/down (forward/back) and a speed control- a slow recitation, or a faster recitation which does not sound like either Rod Sterling -or- the Chipmunks.

    It is an AMAZING service- just opens the world back up. 

    Some of the newer players can take a memory stick which is NOT from the NLS, but when you buy the memory stick, you have to make sure it is as "low tech" as possible- no encryption, no filters, no virus protection.  Then you can use that memory stick to record other books, books the NLS- being a tax payor supported service- may not have yet.

    Google her state's library service, and you should find a link for your library system's Library for the Blind.

    It is MARVELOUS!

    UTC 2021-05-05 01:02 AM 2 Comments
  2. I use Sony Stereo CD/MP3 Cassette Boombox to listen to my audiobooks I purchased it from Amazon for $69,99.

    UTC 2021-05-04 05:21 PM 0 Comments

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