Sunday, 24 August 2014

Bookish and Bloggish News



Whispersync for Voice launches in the UK; switch seamlessly between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding audiobook without losing your place

Kindle now even better with Audible integration; keep the story going, in app or across devices, wherever you are

Try Whispersync for Voice free today

LONDON – 18 AUGUSTAudible.co.uk and Amazon UK announced today that Whispersync for Voice, called “Amazon’s killer new app for books” by The Wall Street Journal, is available in the UK for the first time. With Whispersync for Voice technology, Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Kindle reading apps are now even better, with a free software update that builds a seamless listening experience into devices and the Kindle app.

Whispersync for Voice is a revolutionary feature that lets you easily switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding, professionally narrated audiobook without losing your place. Whenever your eyes are busy, go from reading the text on the screen to listening to the narrated performance by actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Kenneth Branagh and thousands more. Now you can keep the story going, in app or across devices, whether driving to work, exercising or picking up the kids from school.

“We hear from many Kindle and Audible customers in the US that Whispersync for Voice has profoundly changed the way they read,” said Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz. “In fact, switching back and forth between reading and listening has become their preferred way of experiencing stories. We are thrilled to be able to open this up to UK listeners and readers for the first time.”

“We’re working hard to help customers find more moments each day to enjoy a great book,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle Europe. “Integrating professional narration into our Kindle apps means you never have to put down a favourite book—start reading at home, get in the car and simply tap a button to continue listening without losing your place.”

Since its launch in the US in 2012, millions of eBook-audiobook pairs have been bought.

Starting today, over 25,000 Kindle books and 25,000 professionally narrated audiobooks are available with Whispersync for Voice in the UK, including bestsellers like The Fault in Our Stars, The Silkworm, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Goldfinch, and brilliant performances by actors including Juliet Stevenson, Alan Cumming, Derek Jacobi and Greg Wise.

You are invited to try Whispersync for Voice for free for a limited time with 10 Kindle and Audible titles, including Dracula and Heart of Darkness, at www.amazon.co.uk/wfv.

You can easily add professional narration to your favourite Kindle books, for as little as 99p, with one click using Matchmaker (www.amazon.co.uk/matchmaker), a service that scans your Kindle library and lets you know where a companion audiobook is available.

Whispersync for Voice is available from today on Kindle devices, Kindle for Android and Kindle for iOS, with a free software update that builds a seamless listening experience right into the app.

To learn more about Whispersync for Voice, go to www.amazon.co.uk/wfv. Download the new version of the Audible.co.uk and Kindle app from the Apple Appstore, Amazon Appstore for Android, or Google Play today.

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