Amazon integrates Audible in Kindle for iPhone and Android, whither Windows Phone?
Correction: Turns out that this update is only for the Android and iOS versions of Kindle, and not Windows Phone. Which is pretty lame, eh? You can let Amazon know you want Audible integration on Windows Phone here (opens in new tab).
Original story follows.
Amazon is integrating professional narration into its Kindle app through a software update. The new version of the app allow you to switch from reading a book to an audiobook version of the same for as low as $0.99.
Amazon states that the new update makes it easier to switch from going through an ebook to listening mode with a single tap, without ever having to leave the Kindle app. The technology that Amazon is using to make this feature work seamlessly is called Whispersync for Voice (opens in new tab).
There are over 45,000 professionally narrated Audible titles in the Kindle store, and you can easily find accompanying audiobooks for ebooks in your Kindle library via Amazon's Matchmaker service (opens in new tab).
Upgrading to an Audible version isn't free, as most titles cost $0.99. Bestsellers in the Outlander series and The Hunger Games trilogy will set you back $3.99. Head over to the Windows Store from here or scan the QR code below to download the latest version of the Kindle app.
What do you think of the service? Would you be interested in buying an audiobook version of an ebook to listen to while driving?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.
By Jez Corden
Hi Harish! :D
Second I am so disappointed in this article. My hopes of the kindle app being fixed and I mean fixed. Not only has it no features it is hit or miss if it even opens.
As for the audible app OM Goodness where would I start, the amount of times I have nearly thrown my precious phone in a tantrum.
Today I received my hardback copy of Diana Gabaldon Written in my own hearts blood and I am contemplating buying the kindle version, well be still my beating heart I read this and think oh a triple whammy. Instead on checking nothing has changed. Nothing. Both apps are still crap. Amazon don't care I phone and complain every month. They're still not fixed. So it looks like I will be buying my ebook version of Diana's book elsewhere.
As for this article it may well be for the US but it's certainly not for the UK.
If someone knows better please please feel free to correct me.
Amazon.com have announced on the kindle discussion forum the exciting news of the update. ios and android now can switch within the app to the audio version. Seems before the poor wee souls had to close kindle app and open the audio app. Don't want to make them press anymore buttons than necessary. (US only)
They should try windows phone kindle app they'd need to find the ........book first.