The 10 Best Devices for Audio Books

Tech By James 

The 10 Best Devices for Audio Books

Tech By James 

Our Top Choices

Best Overall Value

COWON Plenue D Music Player

If you’re looking for an audio book player that really deserves its price tag, then there’s no other choice than the COWON Plenue D Music Player. Designed for a whopping 100 hours of playback, this device means business, letting you fully listen to several audio books without the need to pause for a charge. Of course, the fact that it also comes with a range of other intuitive features all packed into a sleek, good-looking package also add to its inherent worth.

Best Budget Audio Book Player

AGPTEK A02 MP3 Player

Those working within a minimal budget will find sound satisfaction in the AGPTEK A02 MP3 Player. Clocking in at just a little over $20, this budget-friendly device boasts excellent functionality and satisfying sound production that might just meet your standards. Plus, offering up to 70 hours of playback, the device delivers pretty long performance compared to some of the more expensive choices on our list.

Best Audio Book Player for Big Files

HIDIZS AP80

Maybe you’ve got a ton of audio books you want to listen to, or maybe you want to add in a bunch of other media files. The HIDIZS AP80 is the only choice on our list that offers an expandable memory of up to 1TB. Enjoy cramming all of your files into this compact device, and never have to worry about losing memory space again.

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With the advancement of technology, lots of the traditional activities we love and enjoy have seen major revisions. For instance, the humble book can now be enjoyed in more ways than one with the advent of audio books. If you’ve got eye problems, or if you simply absorb information better when you hear it, then you might find better satisfaction with a library of audio books.

While any device that plays audio files can play an audio book, not all devices are created equal. There are a few out there that might be more suitable for listening to e-books, making the entire experience more convenient and enjoyable.

Interested in enhancing your audio book listening experience? Here’s everything you need to know about the best devices for audio books currently on the market.

iPod Touch

iPod Touch

You can never really go wrong with Apple. The ever-iconic iPod touch might have lost a bit of popularity after the dawn of the iPhone, but this nifty, powerful device remains the leading music and audio book player on the market. Upfront, it boasts a beautiful, seamless body with a large 4.0-inch touchscreen that makes it easier to sort, search, and access audio books.

If you’re really an audio book junkie, then having an Apple brand product might work in your favour. As of September 2018, the company revamped their Apple Books application to give you greater convenience and access to a range of available audio books. The application is a dedicated Apple only service, so you can expect exclusive access on the app through your iPod touch.

With memory spaces from 32GB, to 128GB, and a max of 256GB, you can be sure that there’s going to be enough space on your iPod touch for hundreds of your favourite audio books and more. On top of that, the small yet powerful device can last up to 40 hours of playback, giving you loads of time to enjoy even the lengthiest of novels in your library.

Key Features:

  • Battery life: 40 hours
  • Memory space: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB, not expandable
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

Soulcker MP3 Player

Soulcker MP3 Player

At under $40, the Soulcker MP3 player makes for a budget friendly purchase that delivers powerful performance nonetheless. The multi-functional device was designed as a music player, but it can also readily accommodate audio book files for your listening convenience. At a glance, the seamless little device boasts a sleek polished black finish. Its 4-inch body is both lightweight and slim, making it exceptionally easy to slip into a pocket for easy listening on the go.

Aside from its effortless design, the Soulcker MP3 Player also comes equipped with a pretty impressive built-in battery. The device boasts a whopping 55 hours of playback on a 2-hour charge, letting you enjoy your audio books for extended periods with limited waiting time between charges. Seven effortless touch buttons are arranged across the device’s face, allowing exceptional ease of use for noise-free operation.

With a 2.4-inch screen, OTG compatibility, and a built-in speaker, managing, sorting, and finding your audio book files couldn’t be any easier. Plus, at an exceptionally easy price, the Soulcker MP3 Player gives you everything you could need without putting too much of a dent on your wallet.

Key Features:

  • Battery life: 55 hours
  • Memory space: 16GB internal memory, expandable to 128 GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

Grtdhx MP3 Player

Grtdhx MP3 Player

Another pick in the budget segment is the Grtdhx MP3 Player that comes at just under $30. This sleek little device features a smooth 3.5-inch body that can fit into any pocket for supreme portability. Lightweight and compact, the Grtdhx also features an easy, ergonomic interface that’s easy to use, including physical buttons along its sides for power and volume controls.

Fitted with a noise reduction chip, the Grtdhx MP3 Player actively reduces ambient noise to give you a more immersive listening experience. Other than that, the device also features lots of other functions, including sound recording, FM radio, and an intuitive bookmark feature that lets you resume from where you stopped listening, perfect for longer audio book files.

Some of its standard features include an 8GB internal memory expandable with a 128GB external memory card, quick charging capabilities, a pedometer, and a loudspeaker to let you listen to your favourite publications without the need for a headset.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 50 hours
  • Memory space: 8GB, 32GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

COWON Plenue D Music Player

COWON Plenue D Music Player

At a little over $100, the Cowon Plenue D Music Player is another hot pick if you’re on the market for a suitable audio book device. Sleek and sophisticated, this player features a more luxurious aesthetic, with beautiful metallic accents across the top border. The compact device comes equipped with all controls on the side, including a power button and volume rockers.

On the front of the device, a high-resolution screen gives you all the pertinent information on your audio files. Screen settings can be easily tweaked through the player’s interface where you’ll find a range of options for customization. The touch screen is incredibly responsive and sensitive, letting you experience supreme ease of use and effortlessness.

Offering up to 100 hours of continuous playback, this device boasts one of the longest battery lives in its segment. Charging time also takes significantly shorter, letting you achieve a full charge within 2-3 hours.

With a 32GB internal memory expandable to 128GB, this 2.8-inch device can be a wonderful companion for those audio book fanatics who want to pack their player with loads of files for hours and hours of extended hours of easy listening.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 100 hours
  • Memory space: 32GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Bluetooth ready: No

 

Sony Walkman NW-A45/B

Sony Walkman NW-A45/B

The Sony Walkman series has been around since the dawn of cassette tapes, being one of the first franchises to open up the portable listening market. Today, the Sony Walkman brand is seen as one of the Apple iPod’s closest competitors, equipped with features that might make it more convenient and flexible for most users.

The NW-A45/B from the Walkman series is our best bet for those who want an enhanced audio book listening experience. The device offers Hi-Res audio that makes each word exceptionally clear. This can be further enhanced with the device’s S-Master HX digital amplifier that helps to produce even clearer sounds with crisper tones for a better, more immersive listening experience.

Another feature worth mentioning include its impressive Bluetooth capabilities which have recently been unavailable on Hi-Res audio devices. This is due to the fact that Bluetooth compresses audio to make it possible to transmit wirelessly, thus dampening sound quality. But with its Bluetooth connectivity feature, the Walkman NW-A45/B doesn’t fall short of clarity, still producing clear cut Hi-Res sounds even over wireless connections.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 45 hours
  • Memory space: 16GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

AGPTEK A02 MP3 Player

AGPTEK A02 MP3 Player

Creeping back into budget friendly territory, we have the AGPTEK A02 MP3 Player that rings it at just a little over $20 bucks. This quaint little device features a small screen just a little more than an inch in size, and packs a modest storage space of 8GB. With an appropriate memory card, you could expand that single digit memory to 128GB max, letting you store up to 2,000 audio files with ease.

On the front of the player are dedicated controls that are intuitive and straightforward. Track navigation buttons, volume up and down, and a power button slapped across the centre let you use the device out of the box with little need for instructions. When turned on, the interface displays all the pertinent information you need to navigate your audio books.

Fitted with a 420mAh battery, this powerful device can support up to 70 hours of playback time on a 2-3-hour charge. That, plus its lightweight construction that comes it at just 1.1 ounces, make it an ideal pocket companion for long road trips and commutes.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 70 hours
  • Memory space: 8GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Bluetooth ready: No

 

WOWSYS MYMAHDI MP3 Player

WOWSYS MYMAHDI MP3 Player

At just under $50, the WOWSYS MYMAHDI MP3 Player comes with a sizeable 3.5 inch with 1080p resolution touch screen. Small yet powerful, this impressive device can support a range of media types, from audio books, to music, to videos, and even e-books. So, if you were looking for something with greater functionality than your average everyday audio book player, this nifty choice can be a wonderful investment.

What users especially appreciate about the MYMAHDI MP3 Player is how crisp and clear its sound quality is. The device belts out audio with supreme Hi-Res clarity, allowing you to listen to every word without hassle or confusion. Plus, it also supports e-book files that you can read simultaneously with audio to really absorb your chosen publications.

Equipped with extra features like video playback, preloaded puzzle games, and picture browsing, the WOWSYS MYMAHDI MP3 Player is your all-in-one multimedia solution that pretty much covers all angles. And with a battery life of around 16 hours, you can enjoy loads of heavy listening without having to charge too soon.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 16 hours
  • Memory space: 8GB, expandable to 128GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

HIDIZS AP80 MP3 Player

HIDIZS AP80 MP3 Player

Looking for something with a little more style? The HIDIZS AP80 MP3 Player is a smooth, sleek, good-looking device that captivates with its streamlined silhouette. The simple square shaped device features a 2.45-inch touchscreen and side panel controls, along with a volume wheel, power button, and track seeker.

Once you get passed its killer good-looks, the HIDIZS AP80 MP3 Player continues to wow with its performance. The Hi-Res audio performance can make listening to audio books effortless, letting each work soak through for supreme clarity. The device also lets you fine-tune your audio settings to help you achieve the kind of sound quality that truly meets your listening preferences.

But it doesn’t end there. The device works as a bi-directional Bluetooth player. Simply put, that means you can hook a Bluetooth headset for personal listening, or you can connect it to your phone and use it as a dedicated Bluetooth speaker. And if storage space is your issue, it helps to know that the HIDIZS AP80 supports up to 1TB of external memory so you can store a world’s worth of media.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Memory space: No built-in memory, expandable to 1TB, memory card not included
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

Wiwoo Clip MP3 Player

Wiwoo Clip MP3 Player

Wearable tech is pretty big in today’s market, so you might expect to find quite a few MP3 clip-ons and watches that make listening to your favourite audio books just that much easier. The Wiwoo Clip MP3 Player brings great performance in a small package that you can comfortably wear anytime and anywhere. The intuitive design lets you clip the device to your clothes, or to wear the player as a discreet yet stylish little wrist watch.

Performance wise, the Wiwoo Clip MP3 Player delivers industry standard performance that’s built to satisfy. Producing high quality audio, the device also supports a range of other functions like picture browsing, voice recording, and .txt format e-books for on the go reading.

As the king of convenience, this wearable piece of tech can free your hands and make it easier to access your device no matter where you go. And at just under $40, the nifty gadget also makes a stylish addition to any ensemble.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Memory space: 16GB, expandable to 128 GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes

 

iRULU F20 HiFi MP3 Player

iRULU F20 HiFi MP3 Player

Coming in at the tenth slot on our list is none other than the iRULU F20 HiFi MP3 Player. Offering balanced audio output, this gadget was designed for a premium listening experience, really highlighting the quality of your audio files for supreme satisfaction. For audio book use, the device offers crystal clear sound production, letting you listen to your favourite publications without a hitch.

On the outside, the iRULU F20 looks a lot like a small boombox. Up front, a small screen shows you everything you need to know about your current file. On the front control panel, you’ll gain access to a power button, track seekers, a repeat button, and a navigation wheel that isn’t only convenient, but also pretty fun to use.

Aside from your standard line-in jack for headset listening, the device also comes equipped with a line-out port that lets you connect to a car stereo or similar devices so you can play music from the gadget to a more powerful outlet. It’s also worth knowing that the intuitive little thing also comes with a dedicated record button along the front of the body to let you easily access the feature whenever you need it. All in all, it’s a pretty advanced device that closely competes with more sophisticated choices. So, while it might not be for the casual listener, it does make a worthy companion for those who like premium sounds and lots of added features.

Key features:

  • Battery life: 10 hours
  • Memory space: 16GB external memory card included, expandable to 256 GB
  • Bluetooth ready: Yes