How to Sync an Audiobook with a Kindle eBook

by Barbara J. Feldman on December 10, 2012

For many years now, I’ve been an Audible member, listening to audiobooks in my car. I’m also a dedicated Kindle reader, reading (mostly) on my Android. So I was pretty excited to test out the new Amazon feature that automatically syncs audiobooks with Kindle books, so that I can pick up wherever I was, no matter whether I was reading or listening!

The rub is that one still needs to buy both versions, but it seems that Amazon (which now owns Audible) is offering a considerable discount on the audiobook if you buy the Kindle book first. For example, after buying the Kindle format of The Round House, I was offered the Audible version for just $3.95. Now, paying TWICE for the same book doesn’t make any sense, but the convenience of reading/listening to one book in both my car and my bed: PRICELESS!

Amazon calls this feature Whispersync for Voice. And you will need the free Audible app (iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire) and a free Kindle app or Kindle reader.

Before this announcement, Kindle already had Text-to-Speech. But this was simply a clever parlor trick, and not an enjoyable way to listen to books. If this is what you think of when you think of audiobooks, you really need to try a professional audiobook narrated by actors.

Switch between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice.

As far as my test run went, it worked exactly as I expected. Keep in mind you need to have Internet access (such as WiFi or cellular) in order for the apps to record/retrieve your last “page.” In the Audible app, I needed to click the sync icon before starting to listen. But this might have been because I was quickly switching between the two. Perhaps if I had more than a few seconds between the two, it would have sync’ed on its own.

Best of all, you can try Whispersync for Voice for FREE with the free Kindle/audiobooks listed here.

The Whispersync for Voice library is currently about 20,000 titles, but I assume this will grow over time.

Anyone else excited by this new Kindle feature?

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Feldman, Barbara. "How to Sync an Audiobook with a Kindle eBook." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 10 Dec. 2012. Web. 29 Nov. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/2010/how-to-sync-an-audiobook-with-a-kindle-ebook/ >.


  • BJ

    Elementary – how do I sync them? Where is this ‘sync icon’?

    • http://www.barbarafeldman.com/ Barbara Feldman

      So, if your ebook and audiobook, haven’t automatically synced, you can hurry things along by doing a manual sync. Where the button is depends on which device/app you are trying to sync from. On the Audible app tap the Settings icon in the left-hand corner of My Library and tap Sync Device Position. On many of the Kindle apps, the Sync to Furthest Read button can be found under the Home menu.

  • Ron

    Not impressed. Haven’t found any of my many Kindle purchases that are available fir sync with Audible.

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