By Rich W Woods
A couple weeks ago, Amazon announced that Echo users would be able to listen to audiobooks from Audible on their Echo. It was a long awaited feature. After all, I can listen to music and podcasts, but not audiobooks from Amazon’s own Audible?
Well, now you can; however, there’s a huge catch. The Amazon Echo doesn’t sync your place in your book.
If you’re familiar with Kindle and Audible, you know that you can listen to an hour of a book on your iPhone, pick up where you left off on the Kindle app on your iPad and read another four chapters, and then pick up where you left off on another device. The Kindle app and Audible apps sync with each other (WhisperSync) across devices.
Not with the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo picks up where you left off on your device; however, it doesn’t sync after you’re done listening, making it virtually impossible to find your spot in your book. It’s also something you need to be warned about because most people will think it works when they say “Alexa, read Game of Thrones” and she starts off where you left off.
Luckily, there is a solution. In fact, it’s the same solution that we used before the Echo had Audible support. Simply pair your iPhone or Android phone with the Echo through Bluetooth and play it through the Audible app.