Audiobooks purchased from Well-Trained Mind Press are in standard MP3 format, which we send in compressed (zipped) files for quicker downloading. If you follow the instructions related to your device, the download process should be seamless.
The quickest way to find out how to download MP3 files to your device is to search the web (using Google or Bing or whatever search engine you prefer). Try the search string “download MP3s to _____”, putting the name of the device or operating system into the blank. So, for example, “download MP3s to Android” and then follow the instructions from the response that looked most applicable to your particular situation.
For Apple devices running iOS 11 or later, look here--Apple Support Center: How to open ZIP files on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
For Android devices, you can use Google File.
Use the right app. In days of yore (pre-2019*), before vendors (Apple, Android, etc.) updated their devices, operating systems,* and internal applications, it was simpler to download MP3 files to any “streaming” app and start listening. That has changed.
We now find that our audiobooks play much better on apps specifically designed for listening to audiobooks--much better than they play on podcast or music-streaming apps.
You can search the web for free and for-pay audiobook apps available for your specific device and technology “ecosystem.” You will probably also find app evaluations and recommendations from experts who pay attention to these things. These recommendations will help you determine what works best for your device, and what meets your family’s needs.
As an added bonus, many of the apps provide you with access to both to your local library and also to libraries in the larger world. This can be of help to you in finding the books you need for your homeschool, especially those books that are no longer in print or are open access. Some of the outside resources are free; some require payment or subscription.
If you are using "mature" technology, please note: We recommend downloading MP3 files from Well-Trained Mind Press to your computer, and then moving them to your preferred device according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Older phones can unzip files by using an app to do so. Check your phone-vendor's store to find an app that works for you.
Older Apple devices have a slightly odd protocol for working with MP3, so we have posted these instructions in our Help Center. The article includes the link to Apple’s support.
*In 2019, in iOS 10 (Catalina), Apple made some changes to iTunes. These changes are described in this article. Catalina might change the way you interact with your Apple device in using MP3s.