Flash! Wireless delivery direct to Kindle 3s of Audible audiobooks now available
You’ve always been able to put Audible (owned by Amazon) audiobooks in your Kindle’s Audible folder and listen to them.
However, you had to “sideload” them using your Kindle’s USB cable.
Amazon pays for our 3G use, and that’s what you have on the K1, K2, and KDX.
With the Kindle 3, both models have wi-fi…and you (or McDonalds or Starbucks or other open public wi-fi spots) pay for it.
You can now go to
and download audiobooks directly to your Kindle 3 via wi-fi.
I found it a little confusing when I got there. There was a choice to order a book as an Audible Audio Edition for $14.95, or as a Kindle Edition for $9.66 (on the first book I checked).
Why the difference?
The Kindle Edition is not the audiobook (which is typically recorded by an actor or the author)…it’s the e-book. If you want to get the audiobook for your Kindle, you choose the Audible Audio Edition…and then choose your Kindle to receive it.
This doen’t affect the text-to-speech options. I could download the e-book, and my Kindle would read it to me…but that’s a very different experience from listening to a recorded version by an actor. Oh, and my Kindle doesn’t need to get a residual. ;)
If you join Audible, you’ll get two free audiobooks right now.
* Full disclosure: like many links on this blog, this includes my Amazon Associate code. That doesn’t affect you negatively, but if you go there and then shop at Amazon, I get credit (depending on what you buy) from Amazon. I don’t usualy put the “display name” as a URL different than the actual URL, but I wanted you to see what the actual one is as well.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.