[BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

henry at henryandangela.co.uk henry at henryandangela.co.uk
Thu Mar 28 19:39:59 GMT 2019


Hi Adrian
Thank you for your kind offer, I look forward to hearing the results of your investigations.  At the moment, the SD card, together with the PTN2 player is registered with audible.
 
Best wishes
Henry


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From: Accessible Computer <accessiblecomputer at outlook.com> 
Sent: 28 March 2019 17:22
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

Hi,
I think even if you download the Audible books into a SD card they will not be mp3 readable by any device, because DRM. I can't say for sure, but it is very possible the audio files to be encrypted in some way in the download folder. 
I will double check in one of my Android phones. 
If they are unprotected like Amazon download manager does, is good, but other way any file copied from Android SD card will be useless.
Actually the only reason for keeping such a program like Amazon download manager is not else but to track and allow or not audiobooks to be  unprotected.


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-----Original Message-----
From: henry at henryandangela.co.uk <henry at henryandangela.co.uk> 
Sent: 28 March 2019 14:56
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?


Hi Andrew, Adrian and Steve
I should explain why I wish to download an audible book from Audible onto an SD card.  I have a severe hearing loss and find it difficult listening to speech on my IPhone speakers and head phones are a pain. 
 I find the Plextalk PTN2 a brilliant machine to listen to books with the quality of sound, portability  etc.
At the moment I use Audible manager to download books to my PC then I  copy the books onto an SD card to play in the PTn2.  Audible manager is becoming a little flaky and that is why I am searching for another way of downloading books onto an SD card.
I have an  IPhone 7 with the downloaded Audible app.  The simplest way may be to buy an Android phone if I could ascertain if the downloaded format will play on the PTN2.
Any further advice will be greatly appreciated.
Best wishes
Henry
  


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Hodgson <andrew at hodgson.io> 
Sent: 28 March 2019 13:31
To: BCAB Discussion List <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

Hi,

When talking about a backup procedure, are we talking about a backup process to get the books onto the PTN2 or getting access to the book to play on any device?

I don't believe the app would put the files in the right format for the PTN2 to be able to read them on any platform but could be wrong.  You're going to need to use Android for this since the iPhone won't let you put apps on an SD card.  I always recommend the Nokia phones as they are cheap and reliable, if you go with the Nokia 3 you may get it on a firmware version which doesn't support switching Talkback on via a finger gesture, and you will need to get it initialised using working eyes to start with.  once the firmware is updated if the phone gets reset you can switch Talkback back on independantly, but the phones don't come with the latest firmware from the shops.  There are updated models of these phones now like the 3.1 or 3.1+ which will come with later firmware but may be more expensive.

If you don't want a phone I would recommend the Amazon Kindles but not if you have hearing loss as on the 7 inch version at least they do something weird with the headphone output so I use bluetooth headphones.  You can send out books to an SD card on this platform as well, but you use the built-in Audable feature as we're talking about an Amazon device here.

If it were me I would get off the PC software as soon as possible as every time we come across this it seems to be more and more broken.

Andrew.
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From: Life in Six Dots [hello at lifeinsixdots.com]
Sent: 28 March 2019 13:23
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

Hi Henry,

A friend was showing me his Nokia 3 the other day and that had a micro-SD card slot that he got for £89.99. I'm pretty sure he uses it to listen to books. I can ask if you want to be certain.

Best regards, Paul

On 28/03/2019, 13:14, "henry at henryandangela.co.uk" <henry at henryandangela.co.uk> wrote:


    Hi Steve
    Thanks for your reply.  Do you know what roughly I would pay for the cheapest Android phone with a expansion MicroSD slot?
    Best wishes
    Henry


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Steve Nutt <steve at comproom.co.uk>
    Sent: 28 March 2019 12:55
    To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
    Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

    Android is easier, with many phones, comes an expansion MicroSD slot, so you stick a card in, and tell Audible to place the books on it.

    All the best

    Steve

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Michael Cassidy via Bcab <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
    Sent: 26 March 2019 16:11
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    Cc: Michael Cassidy <mike.cassidy at ntlworld.com>
    Subject: Re: [BCAB] downloading Audible books from Audible on an IPhone or Android?

    Hi Henry,

    I see you’ve had no replies on this subject. I can’t speak for Android; I guess for the iPhone you’d require a Lightning to SD card adaptor. I’ll have a look by downloading a book onto my Mac, which deposits the book into iTunes, and I can then see what facilities there are on the phone.

    Incidentally, I’ve had no feedback on Open Tween yet.

    Best wishes,

    Mike

    > On 25 Mar 2019, at 20:13, henry at henryandangela.co.uk wrote:
    >
    >
    > Good evening folks
    >
    > Currently I download my Audible books via Audible Manager on my
    > windows 10 PC, then transfer to an SD card and play the book on a PTN2 machine.
    > I would like to find a back up procedure in the event of my PC going
    > down etc.
    >
    > Audible technical department have informed me that I can download
    > books from Audible using an app on an Android phone onto an SD card
    > inserted in the phone.  Also, I believe that there are various devices
    > on the market that will connect an sd card to a IPhone XR.
    > I wonder if any list member is using either of these phones to
    > download audible books onto an SD card?
    > Best wishes
    > Henry
    >
    >
    >
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