Amazon's Whispersync comes to UK

Amazon's Whispersync comes to UK

Whispersync for Voice, Amazon’s feature which allows for synchronised reading and listening across devices, has been made available in the UK for the first time.

The technology launched in the US in 2012, and allows people to switch between reading a Kindle book and listening to the corresponding audiobook without losing their place. It is available on Kindle devices, Kindle for Android and Kindle for iOA, and has been launched by Amazon UK and Audible.co.uk.

Audible founder and c.e.o. Donald Katz said: “We hear from many Kindle and Audible customers in the US that Whispersync for Voice has profoundly changed the way they read.

“In fact, switching back and forth between reading and listening has become their preferred way of experiencing stories. We are thrilled to be able to open this up to UK listeners and readers for the first time.”

Jorrit Van der Meulen, v.p., Amazon Kindle Europe, said: “We’re working hard to help customers find more moments each day to enjoy a great book.

“Integrating professional narration into our Kindle apps means you never have to put down a favourite book—start reading at home, get in the car and simply tap a button to continue listening without losing your place.”

The launch the UK release, readers can try Whispersync for Voice for free for a limited time with 10 Kindle and Audible titles, including Dracula by Bram Stoker and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

There are currently 25,000 Kindle books and 25,000 audiobooks available for Whispersync for Voice in the UK.