How to Listen

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There are two ways of listening to a digital audio book.

  • 1. If you have a high-speed internet connection (broadband, ADSL), you can listen directly via streaming audio need how-to.
  • 2. Most people like to download the files for an audio book before they listen. We have a guide which explains How To Get LibriVox Audio Files. Come back here after you finish it.

How to listen to LibriVox audio files

Now that you've got some of the MP3 or Ogg Vorbis files on your computer, you can listen to them in several ways:

On your computer

You can play them on your favorite audio player on your computer (e.g., iTunes, Winamp, Quicktime, Windows Media Player - it's highly unlikely that you don't have at least one of them on your computer but if you don't, you can download them for free), listening through your computer speakers or attached headphones.

On an iPod or similar MP3 player

You can load the files into an iPod or other portable digital audio player and listen while you work out or walk the dog.

On a CD player

You can burn the files to an MP3 disk or audio CD and listen to them in the car or on your home stereo.

How to 'bookmark' a place in a file

Sometimes you won't be able to listen to a whole file. In that case, you will want your player to remember the place in the file, so that when you get back to listening, you won't have to start from the beginning of the file (a lot of !LibriVox files are 20+ minutes long). There are two ways to help you with this:

Splitting mp3 files into shorter tracks

Learn [:HowToListen/HowToListenWithYourCDPlayer#splitting_mp3_files: how to split your mp3 files].

Bookmark feature on software/audio players


Newer versions of iTunes (above 5 I believe) will modify MP3 files to "Remember playback position" for playback on iPods. The iPod will pick up where you left off, even if you’ve switched over to another book or music. This feature can be enabled by right-clicking a track and choosing:

  • Get Info > Options > Remember playback position

Creative Zen and Vision M

All the Creative Zen V and Vision M players have a bookmark function where you can set up to 10 different bookmarks before you have to delete one.

Some CD players remember your position

While, strictly speaking, not a form of bookmarking, some CD players, both in the home and in the car, will remember where you were listening if you simply turn off the player (such as happens when you turn off the car). Usually, this means you shouldn't press "Stop" on the player, simply turn it off. And don't remove the CD from the player. When turned back on, if your player has this feature, it will pick up playing where you left off. Consult your owner's manual for details.