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Initial post: 17 Aug 2014 17:04:29 BDT
Well the good news is that the Whispersync for Voice is being fully rolled out in the UK for Tablets and Android/Mac apps.

The bad news is that Amazon simply copied and pasted the HELP pages and forgot that they have NOT rolled out the feature for the eReaders in the UK.

So don;t get all excited and buy a load of audible books expecting to be able to use the Whispersync for Voice feature on your ereaders since it will not work.

Acaording to Audible it is PLANNED - but no date is available at this time.

Just for info the help page does has a fantastic "scan your existing library to see what audible books are available to you" - it's a great way of bankrupting you :)

Posted on 17 Aug 2014 18:17:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Aug 2014 18:32:07 BDT
Audible are doing a rather excellent "Try this out with a classic" feature for just 99p

There then follows a rather HUGE list of classics offered in full unabridged format for 99 pennies. Rather an excellent offer.

Oh my lord! Dracula. 99p Tim Curry. Alan Cumming. nom nom nom!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2014 19:49:34 BDT
Denis Powell says:
I've been using Whispersync for a couple of days now - between my Paperwhite and Fire HDX. So far, it's worked flawlessly.

Couldn't agree more about "bankrupting". It's cheaper to buy them under this scheme than using my Credits. As a result I now have an even bigger "Wish List" than I had before.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 12:58:42 BDT
I wonder if you could point me in the direction of further information about this. Nothing showing for me on Audible home page, can't find any info about "try this out with a classic" or even any general info on Amazon UK site. Google has not been my friend this time :(

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 13:04:44 BDT
[Deleted by Amazon on 20 Aug 2014 13:39:37 BDT]

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 13:44:18 BDT
CarolW says:
Many thanks for this info! Just downloaded all ten free audiobooks.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 13:44:24 BDT
Many thanks for this CW.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 13:47:18 BDT
Looks like Amazon didn't like you advertising their services, CW.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 13:47:36 BDT
CarolW says:
Just posted thanks to Combat Wombat and then saw the posting had been deleted by Amazon. Does anybody know why?

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 13:51:14 BDT
That's rather curious - It's their help page and their product page.

There is a problem in that the help page should NOT say it works on any eReader devices - maybe they are trying to correct their pages and clearing up any references.

I'm just happy it's worked for some. I'll risk posting the Dracula reference again to see if that's acceptable at least.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 14:33:52 BDT
Bookie says:
In addition to the 99p titles mentioned by CW, there are also 10 free titles with a free Audible version. A friend pointed me there yesterday...

Download the free ebook, then click the yes I'd like an audio version free and it appears in your Audible library. They're all pukka versions with narrators like Branagh, Juliet Stephenson etc.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 14:41:17 BDT
Am a small puppy in a sweet shop listening to Dracula, David Copperfield and Gullivers travels. I want more hours in a day please!

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 14:42:26 BDT
Thank you for the help. Sadly I didn't check back quickly enough to see the reply before it was deleted. Totally bemused by this - surely if this a new feature for Amazon products they would want it known about. Don't understand what's going on but thank you anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 14:47:10 BDT
Denis Powell says:
If you go your Library list on Audible it will indicate any that you already own that for which there is an appropriate ebook.

If you look at the bottom of the Audible web page you'll see a link for "Whispersync for Voice". There are various ways there to look for ebooks that match etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 14:49:28 BDT
Damaskcat says:
You can see all the offers here - free, 99p or 2.99

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 14:51:47 BDT
Denis, Damaskcat, Combat Wombat - many, many thanks. Am going to start with Dracula. Really kind of you all

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 15:39:18 BDT
Damaskcat says:
You're welcome :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 15:51:02 BDT
Denis Powell says:
I've often purchased the audio book to accompany the ebook in the past as my eyes are often very tired in the evening. I had no problem "syncing" as I always reached the end of a chapter before moving from reading to listening and vice versa. As a result, I already have quite a number of ebooks and audible books that have the "whispersync for voice" connection so I've been thoroughly enjoying it.

I like the way that the last word "spoken" will be the first word on the page when I open the book on my paperwhite so I don't even have to search for the exact place.

As, in almost all cases, the audio book now costs less than 1 credit those may last me a little longer. For many of the audio books I buy, I'm getting both the ebook and audio book for less than the cost of the paperback as most of those are around £15.

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 15:51:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2014 15:51:39 BDT
Subtle Knife says:
I was going to buy a subscription to Audible. This seems too good to be true. I wonder how long it lasts. but thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 16:03:33 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Whispersync for Voice is, I believe, here to stay and, hopefully, more books will join the scheme over time. A number of existing ones only offer a very small discount so those are still cheaper to buy with a Credit (mine cost less then £5 and some of the "W4V" audio books still cost around £9.

Also, I buy a lot of old BBC comedy programmes such as The Navy Lark and those don't have ebook versions so subscribing is still worth it for me.

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 15:48:56 BDT
Maryon Jeane says:
I was tremendously excited to hear that Whispersync for Voice had been released (having written a story about this facility when I was eleven, given that I shall be sixty in December I've been waiting quite a while...) and I immediately took advantage of the free book offer and downloaded everything necessary.

This was my experience:

1. The Audible software would not recognise that either my Creative Zen or my Kindle was connected (other programs recognised them as usual).
2. After trying to refresh the devices and disconnect and reconnect them, I received an error message that the Audible software needed Windows Media Player and opened the relevant download page on the MS site.
3. I downloaded the Windows Media Player (thinking "Surely I've got this already as part of the system files?") but thinking that I may have uninstalled it because I'm certainly not a fan of Microsoft and I have several other audio programs.
4. When I clicked on the .exe file to install the download I received the message that this version of Media Player was for XP 32-bit only (my OS is Windows 7 64-bit).
5. I searched for help on Amazon and Audible but without success, so I uninstalled and deleted everything, having spent an inordinate amount of time on this exercise.

I won't be trying Whispersync for Voice again for a very long time (I will wait until many other people have started using the facility with success and there are plenty of audiobooks from which to choose - by which time of course there might be a similar facility on offer elsewhere, with better DRM than Audible offers).

I'm very, very disappointed.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2014 16:26:41 BDT
@MJ: I don't doubt that with Audible there is either "it's so easy" or "eek! It's a nightmare!" For some reason my computer sometimes finds it impossible to work with Audible, on others it's like a hot knife though butter.
I believe (having poked and prodded it) that there are auto-check things that can be turned on and off in the settings that make it behave - I've yet to work out which ones so that does not help you I'm afraid.

Hope your next experience is a little more user friendly :)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2014 17:52:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2014 17:53:55 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Did you check that your Creative Zen device is listed as an Audible supported device? Which Kindle do you have?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2014 19:01:02 BDT
Bookie says:
Lol 😄

Is 'creative zen' a joke or a device Damaskcat...

Hands up, I've had no probs with whisper sync; but I'm not using a PC and must confess I don't understand the issue. Maybe it's truly zen and not meant to be.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2014 19:19:25 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I think it's an MP3 player but I don't know whether it's on Audible's list:-)
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