I use my Sansa Clip to listen to audiobooks. When I lose my place and end up at the beginning and try to advance back to where I stopped listening, the player jumps to the next section. I am sometimes able to advance a little way into the section by holding the button down per instructions, but if I try to go further, when I release the button, it goes to the next section. This also sometimes happens right from the getgo. Is this a problem with my particular player or am I doing something wrong.
I am embarrassed to admit that I finally looked at the brochure that came with the Sansa Clip and called the Tech Help number. The person I spoke with was very helpful and walked me through the process of re-formatting my Sansa Clip and downloading an update program. This solved my problem. I think the issue was my computer operating with VISTA while the Sansa Clip was set up for XP.
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Not true!!! The Sansa Clip is actually the best mp3 player I have found for listing to audiobooks. Here is what you need to do. Download the latest firmware update on the Sandisk website. You must do this or it just won't work unless you are downloading books from Audible.
I use the Overdrive Media Console and download mp3 and WMA books from my state library. When you hit transfer, be sure it hit advanced options. Browse until you select the audiobook folder on your player. Then transfer to that.
The player will bookmark your last place on anything that is in your audiobook folder. You can easily switch back and forth between your music and book without losing your place! Love it!
The Sansa won't. You have to exercise a little care when you rip multi-disk audiobooks from CD to your hard drive. The scheme I use is to put a disk number at the beginning of the title (so I don't have to scroll to the end to see it). Then I just listen to the audiobook one disk at a time. I don't mind having to pause once an hour or so to go on to the next disk.
Make sure that you have Windows Media Player version 10 or higher installed. Then, run Windows Media Player, and connect your Clip to your PC. WMP should give you the ability to "sync" your Clip. Besides copying music to your Clip (if you want), this will cause licensing information on your PC to be updated and compared against the licensing information embedded in your audiobooks.
I use a Creative Zen V Plus, but have a similar problem.
First, an explanation: the issue is probably with the timecode in the audio track. This can happen when the audio file is created on a computer. The audiobook was likely "ripped" to a file from the original audiobook CD, and your player may not like the format the file is in. The best solution in this case is to recreate the audio files yourself. First remove all of the files from your Sansa for that particular book. Then use CD-burning software on your computer to create an audio CD (not a data CD!) from the files you got from the library. Finally, use the software that came with your Sansa to transfer the audio CD back to your Sansa. This way you know you are getting a correct format on your player.
If you have an additional issue (like me) where the tracks are too long and go back to the beginning every time you turn your player off, you may have to use an audio editor such as Audacity to chop the long tracks up into smaller tracks, but this is quite time consuming. It is best to acquire audiobooks in smaller tracks in the first place. This is the problem I have been faced with while using Audible.com to listen to audiobooks.
This will reset the player to its original factory settings.
1. Press Menu to return to the Main Menu.
2. Move to Reset All and select it.
3. Select Save to reset to factory settings or Cancel to stop.
To listen to audiobook content, follow these steps:
1. Press the Home button to return to the Main Menu.
2. Select Music from the Main Menu.
3. Scroll down to Audiobooks and select it.
4. Use the thumbwheel to highlight and select the desired book.
5. Press the >>| button to skip to the next chapter or press-and-hold the >>|
button to fast forward.
5. Press the |<< button to go back to the previous chapter or press-and-hold the
|<< button to rewind.
6. Use the thumbwheel to adjust the volume level.