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Reading on the couch and then suddenly you feel like a walk? Don’t worry, Amazon has you covered as it has cleverly brought together reading and listening in the new update to the Kindle app. With a tap you can now seamlessly go from reading to listening without losing your place in the book. The Audible audiobook service has been integrated in the Kindle apps for iOS and Android by piggybacking on the Whispersync for Voice feature.

Audible has a large collection of 45,000 books – all professionally narrated. The Whispersync feature allowed you to switch between reading and listening, but you needed to have both the Kindle reading app and the Audible app installed. The new single-app solution helps avoids the tiny interruptions as you hop from one app to the next. The reading progress stays synchronized. One can say that the latest update could lead to a more immersive reading experience.

Kindle & Audible

Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz says,

We continue to hear from a growing number of Whispersync for Voice converts who tell us the innovation has profoundly changed the way they read—in fact, switching back and forth between reading and listening has become their preferred way of experiencing stories.

The Android and iOS apps can be downloaded from the respective stores. Some other improvements are noteworthy – you can download entire collections with a tap, the X-Ray tool has been improved, narration speeds go up to 2x, and there’s a sleep timer.

Amazon also makes it easier to find the companion audio version to the Kindle book with its Matchmaker tool. With the audio titles available for as less as $0.99 in many cases, there’s no reason not to try out both the modes. If this gets a thumbs-up, it should give Audible a fillip, give Amazon some more drops of in its profit bucket, and get readers back into fitting more books around their busy schedules.

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Source: Amazon

  1. Dan Bromberg
    June 14, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Using my Kindle, is it possible to get the translation of a word (ex: English to French) by just hovering over the word (and NOT go through the time-consuming annoyance of clicking thru to extra screens, etc...) ? i.e., I want to see the translation immediately by highlighting and hovering over the word.
    Dan

    • Saikat Basu
      June 19, 2015 at 7:13 am

      I believe the exact process is this:

      - Highlight a text. Tap on a word and hold for a second to highlight it, or tap and move a finger to highlight a sentence or paragraph. ...
      - Run a translation. To translate the selected text, in a dialog box which opens after highlighting, tap on More button.

      • Dan Bromberg
        June 20, 2015 at 4:17 am

        Thanks Saikat, call me spoiled needing immediate gratification, but I don't want to go through yet another dialog box. I want to hi-light a word and immediately see the translation (understanding that I have already somewhere preset my preference from one language to another). Clicking on any additional screens to achieve this goal is a waste of time and should be unnecessary.

        C'mon Kindle - wake up to our needs if you want to be #1 !

  2. Matthew Looper
    October 6, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I am an author and use my Kindle for organizing my notes with Clippings.io. Was wondering if anyone had any other good site recommendations?

  3. Matthew Looper
    October 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Sounds great! regarding on Kindle user who loves to read I would share some apps that might useful for you. I just found out that there is a website called Clippings.io for organizing all of the highlights for managing the Kindle notes and highlights you make on your Kindle. Best of all it's free, hope you enjoy.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 9, 2014 at 1:04 am

      I take all my Kindle highlights and notes into Evernote via Amazon. Wonder if there's an IFTTT recipe that can do it automatically. But yes, Clippings.io looks really cool.

  4. Maryon Jeane
    June 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    "Lazy people"? ", "Reading on the couch and then suddenly you feel like a walk?" - don't MakeUseOf writers live in the real world (or don't they read books, perhaps)? This is what I've been waiting for most of my life (I'm not joking - I wrote an essay about it when I was twelve!). Readers mostly want to stay immersed in the world created by one author when reading a book, but "reading on the couch" for long periods is not often an option in everyday life because there are a million other, non-sedentary things to be done (DIY, cooking, housework, mending things, gardening, etc. ad nauseam). To avoid boredom when doing these mundane chores there are two choices: be driven mad by the inanities of a radio broadcast or listen to an audio book. However it's not good to have to switch (as I am at the moment) from Middlemarch to The Age of Innocence and back during a day, or from Far From The Madding Crowd to Vernon Coleman's Diary of a Disgruntled Man (as I was last week) - in fact it can disrupt enjoyment of both books in each case. This idea (whose time has not only come but is overdue by decades) is the real-life answer to a prayer, a dream, and a reader's heart's desire. And when the hell is it going to be available this side of the Pond?

    • Saikat B
      June 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

      I have been reading books since I was knee-high. If one loves reading, one makes time for it. Even after a 14-hour workday, I "steal" time to get an hour of reading done. And that comes after I have gone through umpteen RSS feeds and online articles :)

      Yes, it's never a good idea to switch from one book to the next, so this latest feature really helps.

  5. Drsofler
    June 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    very cool nice wow

  6. Drsofler
    June 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    very cool

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