iPod nanoCreative Zen

So, you want a portable device for digital audiobooks, music, and video. Which one should you get? That’s really a question only you can answer, but it’s easier if you have some background information before you begin your search…

Think about the primary use of the device: Will this be for audiobooks only or does it need to support video too? Do you need special features like bookmarking or a large screen or buttons? How much storage space will you need? And of course, how much money do you want to spend? There’s lots to consider.

I’m a huge music fan. I purchased an iPod mini back in 2005 and maxed out the storage space over the course of several years. A few months ago, I finally replaced it with the new iPod nano and I’m enjoying the added Gigabytes. However, working at OverDrive has given me the opportunity to experiment with audiobooks. It’s a form of reading that I hadn’t really considered before, and as I’m starting to branch out, I’ve realized that I don’t particularly want audiobooks mixing with music on my iPod. So, I looked for a device that supported both audiobook formats (WMA and MP3) and purchased a Creative Zen Nano which was a reasonably priced MP3 player that satisfied my gadget addiction.

If you’re looking for more information about devices compatible with OverDrive audiobooks, music, and video, I highly recommend the OverDrive Device Resource Center. There, you can look at a long list of devices, and additional information provided by the manufacturer such as physical specifications, battery life, and connectivity. You’ll also find an option to test your device for compatibility.

As for what device I am…I’m two. I’m an orange iPod nano and a blue Creative Zen Nano.

What device are you?

4 Responses to “What device are you?”

  1. Eileen Chandler

    A while back someone at OverDrive gave me the name of an MP3 player for people with low vision or the blind. I cannot find the brand or name. Please let me know the name of the player.
    Thanks, Eileen

  2. Janet

    I have a Rio Carbon 5G that holds my music and WMA audio eBooks. The Genre classifications help keep eBooks separate from the music and I love the bookmarking. I can have up to 10 bookmarks at a time – for eBooks or playlists. Sadly, RioCarbon is no longer available, but I’m hanging on to mine until the bitter end!

  3. Megan Greer


    A good device for someone with low vision is the Creative Zen. It has a larger screen and also larger buttons. A blind patron might find the Creative MuVo T100 or iPod Shuffle useful as these devices do not have visual menus.