Robert L. emailed me today with the following query:
I am an iPhone user that will be switching to wp7 when it comes out. The only big problem I see myself having is I listen to a lot of audiobooks and there is not an audiobook section on the zune software. Most of my audiobooks are downloaded from librovox.org or ripped from CDs that I have bought. I really like having them in audiobook form so I can play them back a a faster speed and it will remember my position. Is this going to be possible with windows phone 7?
I’m not sure whether this changes with Windows Phone yet, but the way it works on Zune is that you have to “side load” audiobooks onto the device, either from Audible or OverDrive, using their own software. I happen to use Audible, and the Audible Manager software they provide (and not the Zune PC software) gets the content onto the device. I agree that direct integration into Zune Marketplace would be superior (and simpler), and hopefully that will happen. But at the very least, I’d expect it to work like it does on the Zune.
If you use Audible Manager, you know it’s not exactly great software, but it does get the job done. I’ve not tried OverDrive, but I assume it works in a similar manner.