Audiobooks are a great way to stay on top of your favorite authors on the go. Whether you’re in rush hour traffic, going for a run, or just doing some chores around the house, it’s great to be able to make some progress in reading a book when you can’t sit down and really read.
Audible, an audiobook service owned by Amazon, is arguably the biggest and most convenient way to get audiobooks.
They have a fairly large library and many ways to listen to them, one of which is the Amazon Alexa app and Echo devices.
Listening to audiobooks with Amazon Alexa on Echo devices is pretty easy, and you can get started in just a few simple steps.
You can carry your phone and use headphones with the Audible app, but using the smart speaker is much more convenient when you’re just walking around the house.
Set up Audible on Amazon Echo devices
Below, we’ve included a quick guide on how to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa.
Step 1. Go to Audible.com and click Sign In in the top right corner. If this is your first time using Audible, you should be able to take advantage of the 30-day free trial.
If you have already used this service and linked it to your Amazon account, you can skip directly to step 3.
Step 2. Log in to your Amazon account or register a new one if you don’t have one.
Step 3. Download the Amazon Alexa app from the App Store (iOS) or the Play Store (Android). We’ll be using an iOS app, but the process should be pretty much the same regardless of which operating system you choose.
Step 4. Tap the three bars in the upper left corner of the screen to open the options menu.
Step 5. Select “Music and Books”.
Step 6. At the top of the screen, there should be a section called Audible Library. Select the audiobook you want to listen to on the Amazon Alexa app or Echo device.
Step 7. A menu should appear with your various Amazon devices. As long as your Echo device is connected to Wi-Fi, it should be as easy as clicking on the speaker from which you want to play an audiobook.
If you buy more books in Audible, the library section in the Amazon Alexa app should automatically populate.
Plus, with many Amazon games using Whispersync technology, you can easily switch between reading the title on your device or Kindle app and listening to audio narration.
Many library systems also offer the ability to check audiobooks digitally, which is another alternative to using Audible. However, your experience may be different when it comes to playing a book through your Echo device.
Amazon Alexa only officially supports Audible audiobooks, so you might have to resort to workarounds like using the Echo as a Bluetooth speaker and playing the book through your phone if you want to listen to books from other apps.
Hopefully with this advice you will read or I can listen to your new book. Enjoy!