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Kindle for iOS Adds Ability to Listen to Audible Books

Amazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS to version 4.3, adding the ability to listen to the Audible version of Kindle books that you own. According to Amazon, there are over 45,000 Kindle/Audible titles eligible for this new in-app listening feature.

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The new Audible feature ties into Amazon's Whispersync technology, which automatically syncs progress between the Kindle and Audible versions of a book. The feature allows Amazon customers to read a book at home and then listen from where they left off when they open the Audible version of the book. In order for his feature to work, customers must own both the Kindle and Audible version of the book title.

Other changes in Kindle 4.3 for iOS version include the ability to download a collection of books, the addition of a sleep timer and new narration speeds up to 2x. Amazon also improved its X-Ray search feature and improved overall performance and stability of the app.

Kindle for iOS is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 11 weeks ago

Wow. Kindle for iOS only supports downloading samples. And the Amazon app doesn't either. Books must be purchased in Safari for iOS or on your computer and "sent" to the device. Seems like a strange, multi-step process.


This was part of apple's strategy to keep amazon from selling on the phone. They aren't allowed on ios to let people buy without giving 30% of the price to apple, AND they're not allowed to sell for a different price elsewhere. So either they do it this way or they raise the prices by 30% for everyone. I just buy on the web or on the android edition.

Also, on ios I can add an audible title that I own the kindle edition of to my wish list and then buy at a steep discount at amazon already. I think the book I was looking at went from $34 to $6
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Posted: 11 weeks ago
Who owns both the Audible and Kindle versions of the same book? I read some books on my kindle and listen to others using the Audible app, but never buy the same book twice.

I guess it would be convenient occasionally, but I doubt that it's worth paying twice unless you are very well off.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 11 weeks ago

Who owns both the Audible and Kindle versions of the same book? I read some books on my kindle and listen to others using the Audible app, but never buy the same book twice.

I guess it would be convenient occasionally, but I doubt that it's worth paying twice unless you are very well off.


This past year I got about $50 in Audible freebie credits that I was able to use with the matching program. Some audiobook companions are only $0.99-4 this way. So yes, I was able to buy both and not actually pay a single dime of my own money. I bought some things I didn't buy as Kindle ebooks too though.

Generally speaking, I like having both. You can't annotate audio, but you can markup eBooks. I often listen first, then go back and note stuff in the book.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 11 weeks ago
It seems that some books are offered that when you buy the kindle book, the audio is a $3.95 add on. That isn't actually bad. Question is whether that is standard pricing or whether the cost will vary significantly. This is certainly a feature that iTunes/iBooks would be losing out on if they don't copy. All of our eBooks are iBooks and all our Audiobooks are iTunes(Audible), but not sure how quickly Apple would be to react and add "add the audio" syncing and pricing to their books.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago
PSA: For those that don't know, iTunes U has free lectures for all kinds of stuff that you can listen to when you run out of audiobook credits. It's worth checking out!

Besides, I thought the Kindle app would read the text of a non-audio book, so you should be able to do that now, no?


I used to listen to a ton of audiobooks when I worked at night and it can depend heavily on the person reading. A storyteller can make or break a good book and synthesized voices aren't really known for their storytelling. Granted, I haven't tried the text to audio feature on Kindle before, so I may be pleasantly surprised. I should note that for nonfiction it matters a lot less than it does for fiction.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago

How can you see the add on cost for an audible book to a kindle e-book purchase?


I don't know if it is in the app, but their website shows the price at least.

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Posted: 11 weeks ago

While it's not the typical use case, this is basically why DRM exists - so they can sell you the same content over and over.


I fail to understand how you can consider an ebook (which is text) and an audiobook (which is a narration) the same content. Audible audiobooks are narrated by professionals which tend to expect to be paid for their work.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago

I don't know if it is in the app, but their website shows the price at least.

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Thanks for this. I will try it out.

I really wish there was a bundle for physical book and audio book. Id pay $4 more for the both everytime. I still prefer holding an actual book.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago

PSA: For those that don't know, iTunes U has free lectures for all kinds of stuff that you can listen to when you run out of audiobook credits. It's worth checking out!


I also do that too. :D Awesome, awesome program that is.
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Posted: 11 weeks ago

While it's not the typical use case, this is basically why DRM exists - so they can sell you the same content over and over.

On a side note: If Apprentice Alf's tools did not exist, I would never purchase a Kindle book. Fortunately as it stands, I've bought a lot of them.


+1 for Apprentice Alf's tools. A must have, in my opinion.
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