Don’t Use Audible with Amazon Echo

Don’t Use Audible with Amazon Echo

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.

About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • matt farmer

    NEW – Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off.

    That is right off the Amazon Echo page. Is yours not set up correctly? I don’t use Audible So I don’t know.

  • Komrad

    The solution is not so simple when you are in the kitchen wanting to listen to your audiobook book and the Phone is in another room on the charger.