Along with announcing the new Kindle Fire HD lineup, Amazon announced some enhancements to it’s Kindle technology. One is called “Immersion Reading” where you can listen to an audiobook, and have the corresponding line highlighted onscreen at the same time. I assume the idea is to help people learning languages, where they can follow along with what they’re hearing.
The other is similar and called “Whispersync for Voice” and expands Kindle’s Whispersync technology to Audible Audiobooks. So now the book you’re reading isn’t just synced across your devices, but also on 2 formats: both the Kindle eBook, and the Audible Audiobook. This way you can read your book while on lunch break, then pick up right where you left off, during your commute home. Pretty cool stuff. My smart wife Jill said somebody should build this, several years ago.
In order to promote this and get it launched, Amazon is offering a bunch of classic eBook + audiobook combinations for free right now. While many of the eBooks were already free, because they’re out-of-copyright classics, the corresponding audiobooks normally cost $15-$40. In total there’s 20 books available for free in both formats. Whether you have a Kindle or not, you can read Kindle eBooks and listen to Audible audiobooks on both Android and iOS devices by installing the appropriate apps. Here’s how to do it, just use this link to get to the list of free books, then I demonstrate how to do the rest in the video below:
After you’ve purchased them all, the ebooks will be sent to whatever device you designated. The audiobooks will still need to be synced via the appropriate app, unless you have a Kindle Fire HD.
The books available are:
- A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
- Moby Dick – Herman Melville
- The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
- Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
- The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
- David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
- Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahme
- The Sign of the Four – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
- The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
- House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
- Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
- Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
- Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
There’s really a little something in there for everyone. The bold ones above ought to make great Halloween monster or mystery reading/listening.
Notes: I don’t know when this started or how long it will last, so grab them soon. Thanks to my brother, Travis for showing me this.
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