Amazon Whispersync for Voice is a fantastic thing for audiobook listeners because it lets you buy audiobooks a lot cheaper than on Audible. But it also makes it possible to read the same title in both ebook and audiobook format!
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What are Amazon Whispersync Books?
Whispersync is a system by Amazon that allows readers to switch between the ebook and audiobook format of the same book. “Whispersynced” books are marked with a special icon on Audible. In order to be eligible, the ebook and audio version need to be identical.
Whispersync is very popular because it offers readers several benefits:
It syncs your ebook reading progress with the Audible version so you can swap between both formats.
For example, if you enjoy reading at night in bed, you can read the ebook in a Kindle app or device. And when you commute to work in the morning or have boring chores to do, you continue with the story in Audible.
The Kindle or Audible app will always jump to the point where you last left off in either format. You don’t have to do anything to use Whispersync other than owning the ebook and audiobook on the same Amazon account!
Amazon also lets you experience immersion reading this way. You can listen to the Audible narration while reading the ebook. Practicing readers can greatly benefit from this. But many proficient readers also enjoy experiencing a story this way!
And last but not least, we get to the “Whispersync deals”. As you can see in the Audible screenshot above, Whispersynced audiobooks are offered at a significantly reduced price.
These deals are a great option for audiobook fans who don’t like subscriptions and anyone who likes to own all of their audiobooks. It’s a very affordable way to buy audiobooks from a huge selection!
Why Whispersync is so great for Audiobook fans
You’ll find that most Whispersynced audiobooks will be either $1.99 – those are most often Amazon Publishing or Audible Studios productions – or $7.49 – that’s the standard Whispersync price most publishers and indie authors get.
You can also find offers for titles from big publishing houses, but if you only want the audiobook, these are rarely worth it. Spending an Audible credit will be the cheaper option here.
Generally, when you want to buy an audiobook, you should always check Amazon first to see if you can buy it cheaper with what I like to call a “Whispersync deal”.
Let’s check out an example:
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover** was a huge hit. You can buy it for an Audible credit which I consider worth $14.95 or you can get the very same Audible book through Amazon. You go to the title’s ebook page, and you can now buy the Kindle book for $5.99 and add the Audible narration for only $1.99!
So, instead of spending an Audible credit worth $14.95, you now get the audiobook for only $7.98! And you own the ebook as a bonus.
If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can get it even cheaper. The ebook is included in KU, and when you borrow it for free, you can also buy the Audible narration for only $1.99.
In both cases, whether you buy the ebook or borrow it through Kindle Unlimited, you own the audiobook! It will be automatically added to your Audible app, and you can listen to it whenever and as often as you want.
You do not need an Audible subscription to listen to Whispersync Audible books!
You simply install the free Audible app and log in with the same email and password you use for your Amazon account.
Buying a Whispersynced audio version works independently of an Audible subscription. So, even if you don’t have an active Audible membership, you can buy these cheap audiobooks on Amazon and listen to them in the app as you would listen to any audiobook you bought for a credit. They are added to your Audible library and will stay there!
How to add Whispersync Narration to a Kindle book
Follow this link to browse through all Kindle ebooks that have cheap Audible narration**. Unfortunately, you can’t sort by price for the audiobook here. But you can filter for recent releases and genres you are interested in.
Sometimes, when an ebook is included in Kindle Unlimited, you can’t immediately see whether the book has a cheap Audible narration. You have to click on the tiny grey arrow under the big yellow “Read for Free” button to find the buy options which includes adding the Audible narration. Simply toggle that before either borrowing the ebook through Kindle Unlimited or purchasing the ebook.
If you have Kindle Unlimited and don’t want to own the ebook, you do NOT need to buy the ebook to get the cheap audiobook!
Just toggle “Add Audible narration” and then click the “Read for Free” button.
If you’re looking for Whispersync deals for Kindle books you already own, Amazon has a really nice tool in place for this, the so-called Amazon Matchmaker**. It looks through all the Kindle ebooks you already own or have currently borrowed and offers you the Audible narrations for a reduced price.
A little tip: Whispersync is the reason why I always snatch up ebooks when they are temporarily free or $0.99! Then I can always get the cheap audiobook later on.
You can also find these Audible deals in your Kindle app by clicking on “More”. In the menu that opens up, navigate to “Read & Listen with Audible” to get an overview of all your Whispersynced ebooks. Now you can buy the audiobooks for a cheap price.
I have to mention here that this works perfectly in the Kindle app on my Android phone. But it does not work in the Kindle app on my Fire tablet! The menu entry is the same, but on the tablet, it takes me to a general store page of Kindle ebooks with Audible narration, not to an overview of the titles I already own.
If you experience that on your device, I recommend you use the browser version of the Matchmaker that I linked above. You can also use this with a phone browser!
By the way, if you enjoy Romance audiobooks, I suggest you pop by my Facebook page and give it a follow. Every Friday, I post that week’s best Romance audiobook Whispersync deals there!
And you can also check out my blog post with popular free Romance ebooks with cheap Audible narration.
FAQ and Summary
What is Whispersync and how does it work?
The short version is: Whispersync allows you to seamlessly swap between an ebook and its audiobook. Your Kindle device/app and Audible app sync automatically so you can always continue with the book where you last left off. But Whispersync also allows audiobook listeners to buy Audible books much cheaper. Read more…
Do all Kindle books have Whispersync?
No. Firstly, not every ebook has an audio version. Secondly, Amazon has specific requirements for Whispersync books. The Kindle version and Audible version have to be exactly the same, word for word. Because of this, it sometimes takes a few weeks after an audiobook release until Amazon adds a Whispersync deal to the accompanying ebook.
Can you add Whispersync after purchase?
Yes! You can add the Whispersynced Audible narration at any point later on. Read more about how to find Audible deals for your ebooks…
Eline Blackman (pronouns: she/they) fell in love with books as a child – with being read to and reading herself. 10 years ago, she bought her first Audible book. It was love at first listen! An average of 250 audiobooks per year has become the new normal and you will rarely see Eline without a wireless earbud. Romance and Fantasy are the go-to genres for this audiobook fan.