What is Whispersync? #JIAM2016

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Miscellaneous | 53 comments

Audiobook month

As part of Audiobook month,I thought I would share with you some of my tips about audiobooks.

I’ve been asked several times from people who either new to audiobooks or haven’t started yet, “What is Whispersync?” Well, it is when a Kindle book is synced with a professionally narrated Audible audiobook. You can read part way through your Kindle ebook and it will sync with the Audible app and will let you pick the story up at the exact spot on audio and vice verse.

This is the reason Whispersync was created, but not how I use it. So, how do I use Whispersync, well when you purchase a Kindle edition of a book, if it is available with Whispersync, you can get the audiobook from Audible at a discounted rate. Have you ever seen the check box under the Amazon buy button that says “Add Audible narration to your purchase for just $2.99” or some other price? That is way cheaper than paying for a credit, depending on what you have to pay for the book. For example, this book, Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha (see review here), is free on Kindle right now, so you can grab the ebook and then add the Audible narration for just $2.99 instead of using a credit. I’ve done similar things with books on sale for $0.99 or $1.99.

Beyond Shame Whispersync Example

Whispersync Example

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What about all of those free Kindle ebooks you’ve picked up over the years, but haven’t read yet? Want to know a fast way to find out which ones have the Whispersync deal? Well, there’s a way to see all them in one place. I didn’t know about this until I was complaining about it one day, and an Audible tweeted me think link. So helpful. If you’re logged into your Amazon account, click on this link, it will take you to a page that will show you a list of Kindle books that are available. I have no idea what order they are in (i’m thinking the order you bought them with most recent first, but I’m not 100% sure), but it will give you author, narrator (YAY!!), and the cost to buy the audiobook. You can even play a sample of the audio right there on the page.

 

Whispersync Page Example

There are a few things that you have to have in order for all of this to work. You must have your Amazon and Audible accounts linked. If you’ve been an Audible member since before Amazon bought them, your account might not be linked. You can learn how to link them here. If you see the Amazon login when you login to Audible, you are good.

When you’re browsing Kindle books on Amazon, you can also filter by books with Whispersync. This is a great way to find cheaper audiobooks, if your not sure what you’re in the mood for and are just browsing. Or there is this link to books with narration.

Do you use Whispersync? If so, do you use it as intended, switching between Kindle and audio? Were you aware of seeing your existing Kindle library available for Whispersync was available on Amazon?

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. I use Whispersync to help me bump up a Kindle e-book since I can multitask and read that way faster than I can find time to sit down and read with my own eyeballs. I love it! I have an iPod Classic, the one before they stopped selling it has massive storage. I think they stopped selling it because of that, lol! They want customers to need to buy more storage probably, so I feel lucky to have invested in my iPod classic when I did.

    • I’ve never tried mixing up reading and listening on the same book. I’ve never had a classic iPod. I’ve had Nanos and Shuffles. I use my iPhone now.

    • I have the iPod Classic, too. But I didn’t think you could use Whispersync with it.

  2. I have used this, and occasional check on the audible website to see what books offer discounts. Fantastic post.

    • Thanks Kimberly. It is a question that I’ve been asked before, so I thought it would be a good thing to cover for Audiobook Month.

  3. I haven’t used whispersync yet, but it sounds helpful to be able to switch between reading & listening.

    • I’ve never tried it using it for that. I prefer to either read or listen. I’m the same way with series. I have series I read and series I listen to. I like to be able to get the discounts.

  4. I haven’t used Whispersync, but bought an audio like this because you told me it was cheaper. I don’t remember which title was it. The only problem is I forgot about it and haven’t check the Kindle books before buying the audios. From now on, I’ll check all the titles before buying them.

    • Hey!! Glad to see you. I’ve missed you. 🙂 I don’t always remember it either. Audible will tell you before you buy them. I do a lot of one-click a lot of freebies if I see that they offer audios. I won’t buy the audios until I’m really to listen.

  5. Thank you for the link to the upgrades!!! Holy guacamole, I have a lot I can do cheap upgrades 😀 Maybe you shouldn’t have shown me this lmao

    • A lot of those Freebies from your Thrifty Thursday posts have audio add-ons. I sometimes one-click freebies, but don’t buy the audios until I’m really to listen.

  6. I rarely use Whispersync since I’m an either or type of girl, but when I have used it it’s been very beneficial and cheap!

    • I’m the same way. I prefer to read or listen too. I just use it for the discounted prices. I have series that I won’t read and will only listen to.

  7. Whispersync is awesome- I use it all the time! I don’t use it as intended (switching between ebook and audio) though, since I prefer audiobooks anyway.

    Also- if you borrow ebooks from the library through Overdrive those books are eligible for Whispersync as well. That has been really helpful to me to save $ and also to acquire audiobooks that aren’t available at my library.

    Happy Audiobook Month!

    • I prefer audiobooks too. I can listen to 2-3 audiobooks for every book I read. Plus, I like the addition of having the narrator add to the stories. They do such a great job bringing even more life to books. Thanks for sharing your Overdrive secret.

  8. Wow, great tips I’m writing them all down!! And thanks for the fab contest too!

  9. I love whispersync! I recently started listening to audiobooks and I am in love:)

    • I prefer to listen to books than read them. I think a great narrator can really add so much to the story.

  10. I use it the way you do and have talked it up to people that don’t yet listen to audio books. I’ve managed to convert one person that was a Nook user, and she’s so excited about it.

    • I keep trying to convert people to audiobooks too. I’ve managed a few.

  11. I love and use Whispersinc.

  12. Well, I learned something new. I didn’t know any of that. I’ve only listened to one audiobook so their really not my thing but this is great info.

    • I love my audiobooks. I wouldn’t be able to read nearly so many books if it weren’t for audiobooks.

  13. I have used whispersync mostly to get cheaper audible books, too, Melanie. But I had no idea it was possible to actually check all my kindle books and see which ones have whispersync available. I’m going to check out that link right now.
    Thanks for sharing your audio knowledge with us 🙂

    • Anytime, Lexxie. I got this information from Audible about a year ago. I know a lot of people didn’t know about it. I thought now was a great time to share. I have a few other posts like this coming out this month. This one was my favorite though.

  14. Lightbulb! My dad is going to flip! Thank you! I knew about Whispersync and turned my parents on to it but I had NO clue about all those books I had in my TBR (thousands if I sat and counted – UGH). I can’t wait to show him when I go home (Cleveland) this week!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

    And I’m entering your contest so maybe I can win the Nano for me mum 🙂 You guys rock! Thanks!!!

    • Good luck on the contest. Maybe you could win and that could make up for the amount I’m costing you on what you are about to spend on Audible LOL 🙂

  15. I’ve used the whispersync feature to get cheap audiobooks the same as you for quite some time. I had forgotten you can check for cheap ones for books you already own, though, so thanks for that tidbit! I’m actually using whispersync for it’s intended purpose for the first time ever right now and I’m liking it. I wouldn’t do it with a lot of books, but the book I’m reading is one that I don’t want to DNF but am also not LOVING. So being able to listen and read back and forth has been a godsend!

    • I should probably try using it for its intended purpose one day. I just usually go straight to audio, if it is available (unless the narrator is one I just can’t deal with.) Glad it is working out for you.

  16. I used this for the longest time until I started reading an ebook and audio at the same time. I didn’t realize you could still get the deal on free to cheap books as well. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that.

    • That’s the way that I use it most of the time. I love that I can get free kindle books and then get discounted audiobooks. I’ve found several new authors this way. I hope you find some great new audios this way too.

  17. Great advice! I’ve whispersynced my Kindle books before but didn’t know about the search or that page. Something to add: I just clicked on the page you linked and voile! I found my recently library loans with whispersync at the discounted price!!

  18. Thank you; this is a useful post. I hadn’t realized that you could listen to the book on devices other than a Kindle or a device with a Kindle app (like a Smartphone.) Since all I have for audiobooks is an iPod Classic, I was holding off. But I will consider doing this in the future.

    • You can download the audiobooks onto an iPod. It won’t sync with your kindle, but you still get the discount. If you use the app, you can switch back and forth and it will keep track of your place going back and forth between the two.

  19. I remember when you did a post about audiobooks on my blog and I asked this exact question in the comments. thanks for explaining this so clearly. I have seen those offers to buy the audiobook with quite some books, but never bought them os far. That’s good to know there’s a page where you can see them all and still buy them if you want to. I thought you could only buy them right after you bought the ebook, glad to know that isn’t correct. It sure sounds like a affordable way to pick up some audiobooks. Great post!

    • Your questions were one of the things that made me think I needed to do a post on Whispersync to explain it more. I thought Audiobook Month would be a good time to tackle it. You weren’t the only one who didn’t know all there was to know about it. Glad I could share more information.

  20. I use Whispersync all the time to get discounts, but I’ve never actually used it to switch between the text and audio (although I keep meaning too). Since they introduced this program, I actually have trouble finding things to spend all my credits on.

    • It is great to help save some money. I’ve gotten some great and cheap audiobooks this way. I’ve found some great new-to-me authors this way. Found some great new-to-me narrators too. 🙂

  21. I use Whispersync with ebooks I check out from the library in Kindle format. It works the same way if you bought the Kindle book. So basically I check out the library ebook for free and then buy the audio cheap.

    • I think you’ve told me this before and I forgot. I’ll have to make note of that.

  22. Very helpful! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I am a new Google+ follower.

  23. Thanks for this post, Melanie. Since I’m still relatively new to audio, I didn’t understand how Whispersync worked. And that link is awesome. I have so many books that I can get in audio thru Whispersync at a discounted rate!! Of course, you’re now going to be responsible for me spending money! LOL

    • I spent a decent amount when I first found this link too. It is really great when Audible does those deals where you get a $10 or $20 credit if you purchase so many books in a month. They usually do that once or twice a year.

  24. I linked to this post in my Sunday Summary this week.

  25. It is really handy. My kindle tells me how many I have available based on my current books owned. I thought that was real nice. I’ve used it a couple times on freebies or 99cent reads when I wanted the audio 🙂

    • I don’t think my Kindle does that. Do you have a Kindle Fire, Paperwhite or what? I have a Paperwhite.

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