Kindle Now Supports Wireless Delivery of Audible.com Audiobooks


Did you know that you can listen to audiobooks on your Kindle? I’ve never tried it, but apparently you can download audiobooks from Audible.com and then transfer them to your Kindle via USB. And now owners of the latest generation Kindle don’t even need the USB. Amazon recently announced that Kindle users can download Audible.com audiobooks over Wi-Fi. Amazon says:

Now hear this! We’re thrilled to announce that more than 50,000 Audible Audiobooks are available for download on the latest Kindle via Wi-Fi delivery. Of course, owners of any Kindle device can continue to purchase Audible audiobooks from Audible.com and transfer the titles to Kindle via USB…

Hear Donald Sutherland breathe life into The Old Man and the Sea; Listen to Frank Brady recount the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life in Endgame; Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is illuminated by three different narrators who portray the maids and the white families they toil for in 1960s Mississippi…

The drawback here is that it’s only available over Wi-Fi, not 3G. On Audible.com’s FAQ, they explain that this is due to the audiobooks’ large file size.

If you want to give it a try, you can find instructions for using Audible on your Kindle 3G here. I usually listen to audiobooks on my iPod, but it’s nice to know that I have another option. What do you think of this news? Have you ever listened to an audiobook on your Kindle?

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