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Can you read and listen to an audible audiobook at the same time?

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Initial post: Apr 19, 2011 10:02:19 PM PDT
Jared says:
I have an audible audiobook and a kindle version of the same book. Is there any way I can read along with the audio on the same device at the same time?

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 10:23:38 PM PDT
Jared says:

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 10:33:48 PM PDT
No, you can't read an ebook an listen to the audiobook at the same time.

You can read the book and listen to text-to-speech at the same time, if the books has the TTS enabled by the publisher.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 10:35:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2011 10:40:51 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
There is no text file in the Audible purchase, just the sound file. The only way it MIGHT work with two files would be to try to put the Audible file manually into the music folder by itself, so it would play while you read. The big drawback (if it is even possible) is that music folder files aren't searchable and start over at the beginning each time you access them. On Audible.com, you can get the manager program and download to your computer instead of your Kindle. Then you can load it onto an mp3 player and listen while you read.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 11:57:38 PM PDT
Robert C. says:
I'm now really used to read book in this new way: on my ipod / IPAD, listen to the audio book playback on Audible app at 2X or 3X speed, and at the same time read the text of the kindle book on the Amazon Kindle app. All your sense are engaged, and you read really fast. Very enjoyable!
The down side is that you pay twice for the same content: for audible, and for kindle. But it's well worth it. (or tell me that I'm crazy :-) )
AMAZON, can you consider to sell kindle ebook/Audible audiobook bundle? I'd be very happy to buy the bundle all the times.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2011 12:02:34 AM PDT
Artist says:
You could listen the audiobook on a music player.

Posted on May 11, 2012 12:22:49 AM PDT
mir says:
I enjoy reading and listening at the same time, I am currently using both my laptop and kindle to do so but if you are on the road it will be a bit difficult to do so.I hope that future kindles will solve this issue,

Posted on May 11, 2012 12:24:59 AM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Robert, the publishers control the pricing so Amazon cannot make combo packs or offer discounts on ebooks. You would have to contact the publishers and get them to offer a combo pack.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 6:47:48 AM PDT
Eun says:
Do u mean you use one device or two separate device? If you use the ipad only, how does it work?

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 3:12:32 PM PST
Vaughn says:
I've been able to play the audio book via the audible app for kindle and read it at the same time. The down side is that if you need to pause you have to pop open the audible app and pause which takes a few seconds.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 3:17:28 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Of course you have but of course this thread is several months old and they didn't have it back then.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 1:14:24 AM PDT
Yes providing you're reading on an iPad at least, just open up the audible app as well as the Kindle app and you should be good to go

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 1:30:26 AM PDT
Michael - You're replying to an over two year old thread. Things have changed drastically since then.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 2:17:09 AM PDT
How have they changec? Can you now do this

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 4:07:17 AM PDT
Yes. It's called Immersion Reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 7:33:56 AM PDT
Paul - Click on these two links for more info:

Whispersync for Voice - http://amazon.com/wsv
Immersion Reading - http://amazon.com/immersion

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 11:30:40 AM PDT
Have two kindles. Read a text version of the book on one of them-say a PW, or Basic-and listen to the audio , or TTS, version play on the other...perhaps a Keyboard, or Fire HD.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2014 11:34:01 PM PDT
HCM-CUC says:
I have kindle fire HDX and I can't listen and read audiobooks at the same time. Can you show me how? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 2:43:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2014 5:02:30 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Pineapple's reply 2 posts above gives you the links that explain how to do this.

To wit:

Immersion Reading

The Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire 2nd Generation have Immersion Reading built into the device. ****Immersion Reading can be used when both the Kindle book from the Kindle store and the audiobook from the Audible store have been purchased. Once both are downloaded*****, simply open your Kindle book, tap the play icon in the lower left hand corner and watch your book come alive with professional narration and real-time word highlighting.
Any time you want to pause the narration, click the pause button. No matter what page you are on click the play button again and immersion reading will start from where you left off reading.


In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2014 4:49:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 18, 2014 4:52:15 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"I have kindle fire HDX and I can't listen and read audiobooks at the same time."

Keep in mind - you have to have bought the audiobook for this to work... (I might be channeling Captain Obvious)

And there are some books that don't have audiobooks. To check you might visit the Match page...


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2015 8:32:38 AM PDT
Kathy says:
I do it on my Samsung Note. Once I start the audible version, I search for the text in the Kindle version and then read while listening.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 3:21:56 PM PDT
Sometimes I get a book with the audible narration and the narration does not automatically play along with the book. If I push the play arrow/button on the lower left of the book the regular Text-to-Speech computerized sounding voice plays. If I swipe from the top down on my Kindle Fire HD tablet and tap Sync the narration will then "talk" along with the book.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 1:39:40 AM PST
John C. Lord says:
You can search for "Whispersync" and find out that Amazon has added Audible capability into its Kindle player, but meanwhile, I have simply been playing the audible file in background while reading the text ebook and flipping pages manually to keep up with the audiobook. It's not that hard.
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