1.1 Is it necessary to purchase an Android tablet to try the app?
No, you can install the application on any smartphone or tablet with Android 4.2 or newer. You can also ask a friend who has an Android phone to install it so you can test it. The app can then be removed in a matter of seconds (like any other app).
If there is absolutely no way for you to have access to an Android device you can install an app player on your PC or Mac, for example Bluestacks.
1.4 When I browse books, the titles are not read aloud. How do I fix it?
The Text-to-Speech (TTS) module isn't working correctly. There may be a number of reasons:
voice data for your language is not installed,
your language is not supported by your TTS module,
no TTS is installed on your device.
Go to Settings → Language & input → Text-to-speech output Here you can choose the preferred engine, change its settings (e.g. download more voices) and play an example sentence.
Most devices come with the Google Text-to-Speech Engine installed. It supports a number of popular languages. If your language is missing (or you don't like the voice) you can install other TTS engines from the Play Store. One engine with a large number of supported languages is Vocalizer (paid). You can also find TTS apps for specific languages.
1.6 Can I put the audiobook files on a microSD card in the device?
The application scans all available storage types (both internal memory and any available SD cards). When it finds a folder AudioBooks in the top directory it adds all audiobooks to the list. This way books from an SD card and the internal storage are both available to the user.
Homer Player supports DRM-free MP3 files. Each book may comprise of a number of files that are played in alphabetical order. The files may also be nested in subdirectories (useful when copying books that come on multiple CDs).
This means that most audiobooks thay you buy will work fine. However, subscription and rental services that only work with their dedicated application are unlikely to work.
2.2 Where do I get books to listen to with Homer Player?
There should be a number of sources available to you:
Stores: you can buy books in MP3 for download or on CDs from many
internet stores like
(you probably know the best ones in your country).
Look for DRM-free MP3 downloads.
Libraries: it's often possible to borrow audiobooks at the local
Free classics: there are many services and non-profit projects that
provide free audiobooks (mostly classics).
Here are a few that provide books in English: