Amazon Echo Update Adds Support for Audible Audiobooks

amazon audible echoAmazon is sending out an email today to owners of the Echo. According to the copy posted by The Passive Voice, the latest update integrates support for Audible:

Now you can listen to audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Audiobooks offer a great way to enjoy your favorite books while relaxing, cooking, or spending time together with family.

Listening to audiobooks from your Audible library is easy. Here’s how:

  • Start any book you own with “Alexa, read [Audible book title]”
  • Resume the current book you’re reading by saying “Alexa, read my book.”
  • Control playback with “Alexa, go back/forward.”

Echo also supports Whispersync for Voice, which allows you to seamlessly switch between reading and listening with your eligible Kindle books. You can read on your Kindle, tablet, or smartphone and then continue listening on your Echo, right where you left off.

According to another source, Amazon is also marking the occasion by giving away two free audiobooks to Echo owners.

That's great news. A lot of readers have been wanting the Echo to support audiobooks and Kindle ebooks ever since it launched last November, and now we're halfway there.

And what with the way Amazon has been releasing updates on an almost monthly basis, it shouldn't bee too long until they add support for reading kindle ebooks aloud.

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8 Comments on Amazon Echo Update Adds Support for Audible Audiobooks

  1. I’m pretty sure it’s two free books with an Audible trial-

    I’m not a big audiobook user but I just tried it with one and it worked great. I might become a bigger user with the voice control playback.

  2. Christina Avalos // 25 May, 2016 at 1:53 am // Reply

    I purchased the echo from QVC and it offers two free audio books but the code will not work.

  3. I was told I would receive 2 free audio books if I purchased the Amazon echo from QVC. I can’t find it online I only want the free books not a subscription after 30 days.

    • Audible has a standard offer of a free months trial subscription. This would get you the two free audiobooks.

      I think that is what QVC was talking about, which was not honest of them. I think you were had.

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