The retail giant announced today that they are integrating audiobooks from Audible directly into the Kindle apps for both iOS and Android. Once readers install the new update released today they will be able to listen to Audible audiobooks without ever having to leave the Kindle app.
Having launched Whispersync for Voice with the Kindle Fire HD in late 2012, Amazon has long supported syncing between the Audible and Kindle apps. They currently offer 45,000 titles which support this feature, which Kindle users can add an audiobook to their existing Kindle purchase for an additional fee.
The matching titles are identified on their pages in the Kindle Store, and for those with an extensive existing Kindle ebook collection Amazon also offers a service called Matchmaker. This handy tool scans a user's library of Kindle ebooks for titles compatible with Whispersync for Voice and then offers a list of titles that have a matching audiobook. Readers can bundle an audiobook with the Kindle ebook at a relatively low price (between $1 and $4, in my experience).
While that might be more than a reader paid for an ebook, it's still far less than the price of most audiobooks.
If you would like to try Whispersync for Voice yourself, Amazon offers a free bundle each month. Right now you can get Black Beauty as both a free audiobook and ebook. All you have to do is buy the Kindle ebook, and then on the next page scroll down and elect to also buy the audiobook.
In related news, Amazon reports that the Kindle Android app gained improved notifications and cross-device sync as well as a couple improvements which will likely please students and note takers. The Kindle app for iDevices also got new features, albeit different ones:
- Download an entire collection – gives customers the ability to download an entire collection with the tap of a button, making it easier for readers to download in bulk and load their favorite books on a new iOS device
- Students can now find terms that are in X-Ray for Textbooks by using search – occurrences in X-Ray are shown right above occurrences in the book
- Finding where an X-Ray term occurs on a textbook page is now easier – tap a page thumbnail in the X-Ray feature and you will see the term highlighted in the page of the book