Whether you want to read more books but don’t have enough time, or you’re already a fan of audiobooks, check out Audible audiobooks. With Audible you can listen to books when you’re doing other things, such as exercising, brushing your teeth, driving, or gazing at the beach on a sunny summer day.
Since I wrote Audible: My Favorite Way to Read a Book, much has changed with Audible. It has made substantial improvements to its app and introduced Whispersync for Voice that make Audible easier to use and buying audiobooks less expensive.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that Audible is still my favorite way to read a book. The professional narration gives an immersive experience that transports you into the story in a way that reading a printed book does not. Plus by being able to multi-task while listening, I can enjoy more books. Quantity and quality.
Download Books over Wi-Fi — You can download books in your Audible library directly to your device using Wi-Fi. No longer do you first have to download the books to your computer and then sync. You can grab your books when you’re on the go.
You don’t have to wait until the download is finished. You can start listening to your book as soon as you start downloading it.
Navigation — The Audible app now makes navigating through books easier. By using the Button Free navigation feature, you can swipe to pause, play, rewind, fast forward and add a bookmark. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Button Free navigation.
The updated app deletes the fast forward and rewind buttons because many people (including me) accidentally hit those, propelling them back or ahead an entire chapter. Instead, you can tap the Chapters & Bookmarks button to move between chapters.
Bookmarks and Notes — You can add bookmarks and notes to your audiobooks. These are are now saved to the Cloud even if you delete a book or the entire app from your device.
Back Button — If your mind wanders or you’re interrupted while you’re listening, you can hit the Back Button to rewind 30 seconds.
Sleep Timer — If listening to audiobooks helps you fall asleep, you’ll enjoy the sleep timer feature. Set the sleep timer to stop your audiobook after a specific time or at the end of the current chapter.
Speed — When you feel the need for more or less speed, you can use the app to adjust the reading speed of the narration. Choose from normal speed (1x), a slower speed (0.75x), or faster speeds (from 1.25x to 3x).
Badges — Earn badges by listening to Audible books. Brag about badges such as Social Butterfly to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Stats — See your stats in colorful graphs so you can track your listening patterns.
Whispersync for Voice
Whispersync for Voice is a useful and cost-saving feature that lets you both read a book on Kindle and listen to it on Audible. Whispersync for Voice syncs your Audible and Kindle book positions, notes and highlights to the cloud so you can access them from any other Kindle device and Kindle or Audible app. Over 15,000 Audible books are Whispersync for Voice Ready.
See, Whispersync for Voice: The Marriage of Kindle and Audible for a full explanation of its features.
Whispersync also works for Audible books alone, even without a Kindle book. You can stop listening on one device and start listening where you left off on another device.
Whispersync can save you quite a bit of money on audiobooks. When you’re shopping for an Audible audiobook, look for Whispersync for Voice Ready in the Audible listing.
For example, the book No Mercy is available for 1 credit* or $17.46 for members/$24.95 for non-members. If you buy the Kindle book first, on sale for $0.99 (a BookBub listing), then the Audible book will only cost you $2.99. You would pay a total of $3.98 by buying both the Kindle and Audible books, a savings of $13.48/$20.97 over buying the Audible book alone.
No Mercy on Audible alone: $17.46/$24.95
No Mercy on Kindle and Audible: $3.98
Savings for getting both Kindle and Audible formats: $13.48/$20.97
Not all Audible books are significantly discounted when you buy the Kindle book first, with Whispersync for Voice. Check to see whether the cost of buying the Kindle book and the Audible book together saves you money. You may have to do a bit of math here. But taking a few moments to figure this out could save you money and get you the Kindle version as well.
Check out Amazon to see free and discounted Kindle and Audible books that are Whispersync for Voice ready.
This video shows how Whispersync for Voice works for iPhone:
and for Android and Kindle Fire devices:
You can listen to Audible books on your PC and using the Audible app for:
Here’s a video showing how you can listen using your PC:
Whether you’re already an audiobook fan or new to audiobooks, check out Audible for audiobooks with useful features and discounted prices.
Do you listen to audiobooks? Do you enjoy listening using the updated Audible app? Do you find Whispersync for Voice useful? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Audible Credits — You can purchase Audible books using cash or you can sign up for a membership and purchase books with credits. I explained the credits in my prior Audible article or you can watch this video to see how credits work:
By joining Audible and purchasing credits you can save on the cost of audiobooks and have access to other benefits such as members-only sales.
** Paradise Found image by Prescott Pym.