15 September 2012

News Flash: eBook Meet Audio

Pull up a chair audio lovers (and those considering audios) 'cause I'm itching to hear your thoughts. Did you hear the news Amazon released last week or so? Well if you purchase an eBook and pay an additional $3.95 for the audiobook you can seamlessly transition between the audio version and the print version. So you can listen to a few chapters in the car and then pick up where you left off in the print version before bed. Kinda awesome. Your Kindle device and/or ap will remember where you left off.
So what do you think? Will you be paying the extra $3.95?
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42 comments :

  1. Say whaaaaaaaaa! That's pretty awesome!

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  2. Yes, I did know about that. I chatted with a rep at audible.com (amazon's audiobook site). What I gather is I'm not 100% that the older kindles will be able to support this option. All the new ones will and it doesn't look like they are doing text to speech any more on the newer devices. This is probably the reason why, they want you to buy the audio.

    They also said on the older devices if it will work you will have to seperate files and audio file and a ebook file. On the newer devices its just one file and different ways to access audio verus e-book.

    I hope I'm making sense.

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    1. Oh cool. I love Audible.

      I was not aware (about the old devices). Makes sense. Excellent point.

      What excellent feedback thank you.
      You really helped clarify that.
      Great research.
      Thanks so much for sharing.
      :)

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  3. Oh, wow. That seems kind of awesome! I think that's an amazing technological progression in the book industry! If only it was like that on all eReader platforms. That would make an ebook more interesting to me!

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    1. Right? Me too! Awesome advancement.

      Good point!

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    2. I totally linked you all over the place for this one. On facebook, on twitter. This post made me so happy and I'm not even a huge ebook or audio fan. ;) I just like the creative idea!

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    3. Wahooo! :) Thank you thank you :) It is really creative.

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  4. That's pretty awesome! Thanx for the news. :)

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  5. I have a struggling reader at home and this is going to revolutionize the way in which we can get content to him for his English class that will require him to read and comprehend 4 novels throughout this school year. I actually plan to use the immersion method offered in which he can read and listen at the same time. We will also use the synching so that we can work on parts of the novel with audio and parts for him to read and work on his skills. The Kindle Fire HD is on its way to our home right now. Yeah Amazon!

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    1. O wow. That would be great for him. Wahoooo! I'm sooo glad to hear. Please let us know how it goes for him.

      You're a good mama. :)

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    2. Only a good mama would know I'm a good mama ;-) Love you JuJu.

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  6. interesting! thanks for sharing!! i personally don't listen to audio books so it wouldn't really be for me, but it's great technology!

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  7. I saw it but had no clue what it was all about...I just don't like audio yet!

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    1. Yet ;) I plan to bring you to the audio side *evil playful laugh*

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  8. that's awesome for people who love audio books!! but i don't listen to audio books.

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    1. I completely understand :)
      But I'm thinking it would be a great tool for folks considering audios. Its kind of a great way to get your feet wet you know?

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  9. I got an email from audible about that and I was so excited...and then I realized it was for kindle *facepalm* I have a nook :(

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  10. Oh wow, this is the first I'm hearing of this! That's pretty cool. I'm not sure how much use I would have for this because I usually like to read books either only in text form or only in audiobook form, but there are a few instances that I can think of in which this would be SO useful and convenient!

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    1. I know what you mean. Certain books you want to experience both ways. :)

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  11. Wow, really? That's so cool! I don't listen to audiobooks all that often, but this is such a great idea for those who want to listen on the way to work and then pick up where they left off on their kindles on their lunch break. Love it:)

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  12. Oh, wow, I hadn't heard this. That is very cool!! Thanks for spreading the word, Juju! :-)

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  13. I like the cross platform idea...can't say I'll be taking part though. Still love LOVE love LOVE my paper books! *hugs random book* ^_^

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  14. This is a brilliant idea. I wonder who else will pick up on it and how popular it will be.

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  15. This is incredible! If only I listened to audio books, but alas I do not have the attention span for it. Plus, there's the kids and the many distractions that come with having them :)

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  16. That is pretty sweet, but I can't see myself shelling out the extra $4. Certainly not very often.

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    1. Good point! Especially for those of us mamas that stay at home with our kiddos.

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  17. I had no idea this was happening! Where have I been? Thanks for the heads up. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  18. That's very interesting! I'm unlikely to take advantage of it at this point but who knows how my life will change. I don't know that I would want to switch formats in the middle of the same book. Do you switch? Has anyone? I wonder if it is jolting or a smooth transition.

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    1. Is true!
      I've never had the opportunity until recently with Dead Men Kill ('cause I'm cheap) and I have to admit, it's way fun to switch.
      It's nice to experience it both ways.

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