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Senior Citizen Friendly MP3/ Books on tape player

by Dental_FlossTycoon / January 19, 2010 10:51 PM PST

My elderly grandmother who can barely see is in a retirement home and in the past she used to read 3-4 books a week for most of her life. I'm thinking of using Audible.com to allow here to listen to books on tape instead of squinting to watch television/DVD's. I'm looking for something with good sound, but very easy big buttons and very easy download and organization for a Senior Citizen. I don't think a standard MP3 player, (i.e. iPod, Zune, laptop, iMac) would work for her.
Any suggestions for a player to buy?

A "Jitterbug" type MP3 player if you will.

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In terms of large controls
by make_or_break / January 21, 2010 5:21 AM PST

Generally I think the iPod Touch is best at granting a large 'footprint' to control surfaces. Yes it's touchscreen and lacks any sort of haptic/mechanical feedback, but its screen is large and generally its onscreen choices are reasonably easy to read. I may not be in a retirement home, but I'm definitely challenged with my near-sight vision, and I've yet to have any visual clarity issues with my Touch. Plus it's Audible compatible.

Now as to how easy it is to manage and download...well, someone else will have to attest to that. I still do books the old-fashioned, traditional way.

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MP3 for sight impaired senior
by Eileen36 / January 23, 2010 1:03 PM PST

I can't suggest an mp3 for someone with a visual problem and I don't know how a touch unit could help. What I do want to say is that you can download books from most libraries with either the IPod Touch or Zune Touch to LISTEN to, not watch. Yes, others with good vision, can also dl them to read. My library in Marin County, CA allows me to dl 8 books at a time so I always have plenty to read and the most important thing is that it's FREE.....to my very old mp3 player. They have recently added the ipod downloads thru Overdrive.


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Did you find anything yet?
by micherrera / April 22, 2013 9:17 PM PDT

I am looking for the exact same thing, a "Jitterbug" type MP3 player. Just wondering, did you find anything for your grandmother yet? I'd love to know so I could get the same for my mom. Thank you! -michelle

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