When Whispersync was announced in 2012, Amazon began offering substantial discounts on audiobooks to those who purchase the Kindle version of the same title. Many audiobooks that regularly cost $10-15 can now be purchased for as low as 2, 3 or 4 dollars. Even though you need to purchase two products, often you can get both the e-book and audiobook for significantly cheaper than just purchasing one at full price.
A Real Life Example of Incredible Savings
Let me show you an example with “October Baby” from B&H Publishing.
If you’d like to listen to the audiobook it will cost you $9.95 on Audible (an Amazon owned company).
Recently October Baby went on sale in the Kindle store for $0.99. If you purchased the Kindle book, you’re now entitled to download the audiobook for just $1.99. So for less than $3 you could get the e-book and audiobook of October Baby. That’s incredible!
The Walk-through: Step #1
To take advantage of great offers like these, first verify there is a discounted audiobook available. Not every book has an audiobook, and not every one is available at a discount. When you’re viewing a Kindle book on Amazon look for the “Whispersync for Voice” box underneath the price which looks like this:
The Walk-through: Step #2
Next, purchase the Kindle book and Amazon will bring you to their confirmation screen. On the right hand side of that page you’ll see a Whispersync box which will give you a direct link to the Audible audiobook. The image to your right is the box you’re looking for.
Now just click the “Buy at Audible.com” button and complete the checkout process.
Works on FREE E-Books too
This particular example (God Built) is of an audiobook that’s available for $3.99. What’s great about this deal is the Kindle book was FREE. So instead of paying the $10.95 for just the audiobook I can get both for less than $4.
Kindle Books I Already Own: Did I Miss Out?
To see if a discount audiobook is available for an e-book you already own: 1) Login to Audible.com 2) Search for an audiobook that you own the Kindle version of. If there is a discount available it will say “Special Price” like below:
(Update: Feb 2015) You can also login to Amazon’s Matchmaker which is a simplier way to find out if an audible deal is available.
So if there’s a book you’d love to listen to, buying the Kindle version when it goes on sale may be the cheapest way for you to get that audiobook.
If you’ve never tried Audible before you can get two free audiobooks of your choice by clicking on the banner below:
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