When Amazon came out with the first e-reader, it was revolutionary. I could go online, find a book I was interested in reading, and with a few clicks, purchase the book and have it downloaded to my device in a matter of seconds. I’m now on my third Kindle. I typically juggle two to three books at a time. I’ll read a chapter in one book, then read a chapter in a second book, and then alternate between books. I recently discovered an even better way to increase my reading–Whispersync. Here’s how it works. Find a book on Amazon that has both a Kindle version and an Audible version. Purchase the Kindle version. Now when you view the same book in Audible, you’ll see that Amazon is offering the audio version at a steep discount. Take my book Scapegoat for example. The Kindle version is $11.99. After purchasing the Kindle version, I could then purchase the Audible version for under $5.00.
So why would I want two versions of the same book? With Whispersync, you can start reading the book on your Kindle and then pick up with audio narration in the car or at the gym exactly where you left off in the Kindle. When you get back to the Kindle, you can then jump ahead to where you left off in the audio version. Amazon has the Audible app for all phones, including my Windows phone. You can purchase a subscription to Audible at $14.95 a month, or you can download the free app and pay for books as you listen to them.
My commutes and workouts now fly by because I’m usually listening to an audio book. If you’re thinking of purchasing Scapegoat, give some serious consideration to getting the audio download on Audible. The narrator for Scapegoat, Fred Filbrich, has already gotten some great reviews on Audible for his work on Scapegoat. You can listen to his smooth delivery in the post Scapegoat audio book sneak peek.
I like it so much that I can’t see me not getting both versions of a book. If you haven’t discovered this cool feature, give it a try.