A lot of you that use Kindles or the Kindle App, may have noticed when you purchase a title, you are sometimes asked if you would like to add Professional Narration. If you are not a fan of audiobooks, you probably could not care less. For those of us that have caught the audiobook bug, this service can be really exciting.
What is Whispersync for Voice / Professional Narration?
Basically, Whispersync For Voice is a service that Amazon offers to their Kindle customers. With this service, you can add the Professional Narration, or the audiobook, to your kindle book purchase for a X amount of extra dollars. The cool part about the program is the audiobook and Kindle book are synced. Where you stop on one media, you can pick up at the same place on the other. If you are listening to the audiobook on the drive home from work, you can pick up right where you left off when you get into the house and pick up your Kindle or Kindle App.
So what do I need to use this service?
To start, you will need either any of the Kindle devices, or the Kindle app. Then you will also need an Audible account that you can get here, and a device that you can run the Audible app on.
How will I know if a book has Professional Narration available?
There are a few ways you can check to see if the book you want is available. If you are at Amazon buying the kindle book, you will see this:
You can also go here and Amazon will automatically search your Kindle library to find your books that are Whispersync enabled. You can also browse other available titles from here.
If you are in your Audible account. You can go into your library and a column will give you the option to buy the matching Kindle book if one is available.
Is it easy to use?
Depending on which device you are switching to, a window will tell you that you are a certain percentage or page number on the other device and ask you if you wish to go there. When you answer “Yes” your device will automatically advance to the farthest location you’ve read on either device.
The service is really easy to use. Besides being able to have more time with your favorite books, you can also get some really great deals on audiobooks. I know I have added an audiobook to my kindle book for just an extra $3.95. As a lot of you know, audiobooks can run between $15 and $20, so this is a HUGE benefit. You can also use credits if your book choice does not have one of those great specials on.
If you haven’t tried this service before, give it a shot and let me know what you think of it. If you have used it, were you happy with the experience?