Many thanks, Woolwell. Yes, I would need head-phones as well. Have you any suggestions? What make is your MP3.? I have heard of them, but didn't know what they were! I assume that they are the gadgets which people plug into while jogging or on trains etc? Can you recommend some ear-phones? eg from Amazon or perhaps PCWorld, Maplin etc.What sort of price should one go for to get reasonable quality - both MP3 and head-phones?
They are the gadgets people plug into their ears. MP3 players come with earplugs. Theses vary in quality and when mine broke I bought better quality ones. You can also buy headphones and I have set too. However if you are not worried about music quality then I would have thought that a simple MP3 player would suffice. I have a Sansa Clip but suggest you read reviews.
After my last post I ordered a sandisk sansaclip 8GB from Amazon. It has just arrived and is tiny. I haven't opened it properly and think I will return it. Surely one can't get radio 4 on it?? I am not interested in music and certainly don't want to copy radio programs across. Reading the directions it sounds as if I need a micro SD card, rather like those used in digital cameras, I gather. These appear to be under £10 from Amazon. But is this worth the hassle? How do they work? My Toshiba Satellite laptop has a slot about 1.5" wide at the side, which presumably is for this? And presumably the audiobook has to be downloaded to the laptop and then copied across to the SD card (?or via the usb connection).
I won't want to keep the audiobooks after listening to them. Any other ideas on what I should get?
eBook readers such as the Kindle will play MP3 files. You can also burn many public library books to CD.
Just wondering, have you actualy tried listening to an audio book - they take a lo-o-o-o-ng time to get through. They're OK for learning a foreign language maybe, but I think you'd soon get bored with them and go back to reading with your eyes. If you haven't tried it, download one to your computer and have a listen, it's not like Book at Bedtime - some even have backing music and are more like a play, with actors doing the different voices.
I don't know about other eBook readers but the Kindle does text to speech, it's a bit like having Stephen Hawking reading to you though.