Amazon sells a lot of ebooks on its Kindle platform, but it also owns Audible to push audiobooks. It sells a lot of those, too, even though audiobooks tend to be rather spendy. Audible subscriptions are a cheaper way to get the books, and you can save a ton on an Audible subscription today. It's $50 cheaper than usual, and they'll throw in an Echo Dot. Read More
If you're anything like me, you probably have an unending list of books that you want to read but never actually get around to because you just don't have the time or the patience. Audiobooks are a great way to take back some of the time that's spent on a commute or on the treadmill, so it's no surprise that Amazon-owned Audible is so popular. So popular, in fact, that it has now crossed 100 million downloads on the Play Store. Read More
Avid audiobook listeners will be excited to know that Sonos has just added support for Audible to its line of smart speakers. Despite having already worked with Amazon to equip its Sonos One speakers with Alexa, Amazon's Audible audiobook service was still surprisingly missing from the list of available music services in the Sonos app after having been removed two years ago. Read More
Amazon's Echo is one of the most popular smart-speakers out there, and we've pointed out discounts on it before. Not only is today's the lowest we've seen, but it also comes with a few treats. If you've been waiting for a bonus to sweeten Amazon's Alexa-powered pot, right now over at QVC, you can pick one up for just $75, along with three vouchers for Audible books, and two months of Music Unlimited (three for new subscribers). What a savings... savings... savings. Is there an Echo in here? Read More
Sometimes you just want to sit down with a good book, but you've got places to be. That's where Audible comes in. This Amazon-owned service is the largest source of audio books online, and you can buy a 1-year membership right now at a steep discount. $100 gets you a year of Audible with 12 credits. Read More
Audiobooks are a great way to 'read' when you're driving, cooking, or doing some other activity in which you want listen to something that isn't your favorite musical act. Good thing, then, that Audible is offering free streaming audio books and Channels to Amazon Prime members as part of the 'Prime Benefits' scheme.
The number of audiobooks is upwards of fifty, with the selection changing every so often, so there'll likely be something in that list for even the most picky of readers. In addition, Amazon is offering Audible's newest feature, Channels, to Prime customers, which includes things like ad-free podcasts, comedy shows, non-fiction, and narrated articles from some of the world's biggest and most well-known publishers. Read More
Amazon's official audiobook outlet is getting a few tweaks after its latest update. The most notable is Clips, a new feature that allows users to easily create and share bite-sized portion of an audiobook narration from within the app. Here, let me show you a Clip from one of the Harry Dresden novels in my Audible library (feel free to critique my taste in the comments). Read More
We all love podcasts, amirite? I'm currently listening to the latest 'No Such Thing As A Fish' episode. Audible, the audiobook company owned by Amazon, has officially put live 'Channels,' a way to listen to news shows and podcasts in the same app you listen to books in.
Audible members get unlimited access to Channels, meaning they can listen to ad-free podcasts, news shows, and comedy at no extra charge. The content in a channel can be either streamed or individually downloaded for offline listening. Channels can also be followed, giving users an easy way to stay up-to-date.
Left: The main Channels screen. Middle: A list of content in a Channel. Right: The Channel Player, similar to the audiobook player. Read More
Audible makes audio books more convenient than most other sources thanks to its integration with Amazon Kindle, but it was not very convenient for Android Auto users until now. The app has finally been updated for Google's car interface, but there are a few other notable improvements too. Read More
Amazon's HAL 9000-style voice controlled gadget thing, the Echo, (yes, that's the best way to describe it in a single sentence) is gaining more capabilities with each software update. If you can get over the creepy implications of that, it's amazingly cool. The latest update adds the capability to interact with user recipes from the popular IFFT (If This, Then That) web service. At the moment it's mostly requests for music, to-do functions, and connected gadgets.
The practicality of this is dependent upon which recipes you've created or imported. The example from Amazon's promotional email is an Alexa song request that's automatically funneled through IFTTT and shared on Facebook. Read More