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Amazon Kindle App Gains Whispersync for Voice, Lets You Switch Between Text and Audio Seamlessly

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In lieu of self-driving cars, audiobook narrations are a great way to progress through books while driving. But keeping track of your place between book and audio can become a bit annoying – in the book, you have to search for the page you’ve reached, and on the audio file, fast forward or jump around for the spot you left off. If you do your reading on Amazon’s Kindle app, though, that inconvenience is now a thing of the past with Amazon Whispersync for Voice. 

A feature previously exclusive to Kindle Fire devices, Whispersync for Voice lets you seamlessly transition between books and their companion Audible audiobook with the touch of a button. Your current page – audio or text – is synced across devices, meaning a lot less searching for your place and a lot more reading.

Amazon helpfully points out that your existing library can be scanned for companion audio using the Matchmaker feature. Audible audiobook upgrades are available for as little as $0.99, or $3.99 for bestsellers.

The new app is available today from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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  • Tiuri Elvander

    Too bad Matchmaker is US only :(

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    FinallY! . . . I pay monthly for Audible and only use the free credits I get every month to buy audio books. Hopefully I can just use those credits the same way here.

  • bagheadinc

    Are we also able to use audio/video elements in enhanced Kindle books? This was previously only available on Kindle Fire and iOS.

  • swmask

    Looks like they finally added copy/paste too… that’s the best part of the update to me!

    • Bubba Gump

      I totally agree!

  • Tony Byatt

    Chromecast capable Prime app…

    DO IT!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.

      • Cael

        Amazon is retarded. Google should revoke the youtube access for the FireOS.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          All Google cares about is Ad revenue. Why would they do that?

          • Cael

            They did it to Windows

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Windows Phone? Windows Phone didn’t have enough users for Google to care. Amazon is a different beast.

          • Joe

            That’s because the Windows Phone YouTube app prevented the ads from showing, let users download videos, played videos that Google didn’t have permission to be played on certain platforms. All of which were violations of Google’s terms.

            So, yes, Google mostly cares about the ad revenue.

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    yay!!!