Friday, April 24, 2015

What Is Whispersync?

Whispersync is Amazon's technology that lets readers switch “back and forth between a Kindle book and Audible professional narration - without ever losing your place.” The way it works is that you first buy the Kindle book, and then for Whispersync enabled books you can add the Audible audiobook to the purchase.
I've actually noticed this even when listening to an audiobook at home and then I decide to download it at work. It opens up right to where I was at.

Why do I bring this up?

Because if someone owns that Kindle book, the Whispersynced audiobook is substantially reduced. For example, the audiobook for A Change of Plans has a list price of $19.95 (which Amazon will discount, of course, if you buy from them).

BUT if you own the ebook, you can purchase the Whispersynced audiobook for $1.99.

I don't know about you, but I think that's kind of a big savings.

I hear from a lot of people that they don't simply listen to the audiobook but prefer to follow along with the ebook.

Because this week has been a celebration of the release of Torn Canvas's audiobook, the ebook is on sale for $.99. That makes it easy to get the Whispersynced audiobook which is $1.99.

So, for $2.98 you can have both the ebook and the audiobook.

So, check out some of your favorite ebooks if you're even the least bit curious about giving the audiobook experience a try. 


17 comments:

  1. That is a huge savings. Although you probably don't make as much when it's discounted, do you?

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    1. No, but I always remember what Larry Brooks said once at a writing conference about how authors worry too much about getting people to buy their books when what they should be concerned about is getting people to read their books. I think I prefer the Walmart philosophy where you sell lots at a lower price rather than a few at a much higher price.

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    1. It is, and while I don't usually listen while I look at the ebook--just don't have the time since I'm usually doing other things at the same time--I love having that affordable option.

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  3. I'm loving how they're starting to package books. There are books I want in hard copy, digital, and audio formats. When it's packaged to save me money it's the best!

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    1. Yeah. I'm all about savings. It means I can read more books.

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  4. That's a great price and a nifty service.

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    1. I know, right? While the savings aren't that marked on the big national titles, those ebooks are also a lot more expensive.

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  5. I still have never tried an audio-book. I know! I think if I had a long commute in the car everyday it would be ideal, though. And good to know you get a savings for grouping the audio and ebook together.

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    1. I live 5 minutes from where I work. I listen while I get ready for work in the morning, when I'm grocery shopping, and when I do laundry or yard word. It can be a great way to make tedious chores fun. If I'm in a particularly good book, my house is REALLY clean. ;)

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  6. Never knew there was such a thing. A great deal indeed

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    1. Ya learn something new every day, right? ;)

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  7. sounds very practical... but I've never had either an ebook or an audio one.

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    1. Let us know when you decide to give one a try, Dezzie.

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  8. Great information. I will check this out.

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    1. You'll have to let me know if you ever give an audiobook a try, my friend. :)

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  9. It is a big savings. I don't listen to audiobooks myself, but I purchase them for my classroom's usage at these great rates.

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