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Initial post: Aug 24, 2011 6:51:41 AM PDT
A. Clark says:
If I use audible to purchase and download an audible book to my K3....can I also listen to it through my kindle app on my iphone (as if it were an ebook)?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:54:00 AM PDT
I don't think the Kindle app can do audible books. There is an iPhone app for audible that I used. It's a really nice app.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 6:56:03 AM PDT
Zimdle says:
I don't believe the Kindle iphone app has the ability to play Audible books. The Audible books don't even show up on the archive through the app. However, you can either put them into iTunes and listen through the iPod portion of your iPhone or download the free Audible app. I've done it both ways, but I've found the Audible app to be the easiest.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:58:08 AM PDT
Aren't audiobooks mp3s? (I'm not sure if all are, actually, such as from If so, if your iphone can play mp3 files, it should be able to play an audiobook, I would think.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 7:08:49 AM PDT
Audible books are DRMed, so the iPod app in the iPhone won't be able to play them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 12:34:27 PM PDT
Ahhh I forgot about the ol' drm. I guess an audioBOOK would have that. thanks

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 5:17:30 PM PDT
Go to and get the iPhone App for audible books. is owned by Amazon but an audible book is not a kindle book, it can be listened to on the kindle, just like any other mps.

I use the app for andriod and it is excellent. Bookmarks (with your verbal notes), sleep timer by time and chapters, it's really a good app.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 5:24:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2011 5:32:09 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
On the iPhone you can play your audio books through the iPod app (already on your phone), or download the Audible App for iPhones which will also play their audio files. Personally, I tried both but prefer the iPod app. As far as the Kindle app, that is only for reading and not for listening.

Edited to add: I tried to listen to one book on my K3 but it was miserable compared to the ease I get with my iPhone/iPod. If you've never downloaded music or books to your iPhone, its very easy. You do it by downloading iTunes ( *and* the audio manager. You will need to register an account just once. After you buy an audiobook on select 'download' from your library. That will launch the audio manager where you can watch the download progress. After it is about 97% done downloading it will open your iTunes and add it to your BOOK category. (Some times this snags, so I always open iTunes before I download to prevent any trouble getting it into iTunes.) Once it is in iTunes, connect your phone to your computer and notice your phone show up in the left menu. Click on it and select 'Books' to set up your download preferences. When preferences are set, hit the button 'synch' and it will download onto your iPhone and be visible on your iPod app.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 5:52:30 PM PDT
Why was it miserable on Kindle? You open it and click play... unless I have misunderstood you?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 6:00:18 PM PDT
Ah yes. I forgot that you can use iTunes to link the audible account and use the iPod app. I don't know why I forgot seeing as this was how I used to do it. Doh.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2011 10:22:32 PM PDT
Karlyn says:
Because I'm used to putting the iPhone in my pocket while I walk and shop, but it was hard to do that carrying my Kindle. The iPhone/iPod/mp3 devices are just more portable. If I was sitting, then it is fine.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 9:11:05 AM PDT
Ah, I see what you mean! I don't have enough space on my IPhone to have audiobooks on it, because I have so much music and so many podcasts. So I was very naughty and bought a special padded bag, with an adjustable shoulder strap for my Kindle to ride in, when I am walking home. I love it. Got it from BorsaBella on

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 1:47:13 AM PST
S. Rebinski says:
I have an android with the kindle app and the audible app. Is there a way to transfer books from my kindle app to the audible app?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 2:41:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 2:42:17 AM PST
Paxton says:
The two apps are for two different things. The Kindle app is for reading books. The Audible app is for listening to audiobooks. Both can be on the same device, but each handles a different type of file, not both.

ETA: if you mean "make an audiobook out of the Kindle book" - no, it will not do that.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 10:41:18 PM PDT
Steph says:
I bought an audible audiobook on my kindle fire and want to listen to it on my iPhone. I don't see the book in my kindle I need to download the audible app? Once I do, how do I access the book I already bought from the new app?

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 11:45:08 PM PDT
luvshihtzu says:
I have a friend who has the Kindle 2ed Generation. I load only one audiobook on it at a time that is in a MP3 file format. That way the book files will play in order. That works nicely for the friend. I use audio files that are DRM free for listening on the Kindles and I prefer to use books that are in one long file, if available.

I really prefer using MP3/WMA players (Creative or Sansa) for listening to audiobooks. They play files with DRM on them from Overdrive and One Click Digital libraries. You can also use the Overdrive and One Click Apps on different devices and tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2013 12:10:59 AM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
I think there is a way to transfer an Audible book to your iPhone from iTunes, through an application on your computer, but I'm not sure of the details. The easiest way I've found is to load the Audible App on your iPhone, and directly access the audiobook from it. You'll find the Audible app in the Apple App Store.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 12:52:07 PM PST
My first kindle lets me listen to books.My second kindle does not seem to let me do that ...why ...and how can I listen on no.2?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 12:56:11 PM PST
Possibly your second Kindle does not have audio capabilities. Since you didn't specify which Kindle, I am guessing but the basic Kindle and the Paperwhite don't have audio capabilities.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 2:21:02 PM PST
Christina says:
There are no apps that allow you to listen to a kindle book without buying the audio version? Or to have a text version of an audio book?

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 8:15:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2015 8:16:01 PM PDT
? says:
Just swipe two fingers down from the top of the
Iphone let it read for you
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