Audiobooks are the most underestimate form of literature, but Audible Cloud Player and Audible’s Windows 8 app make them accessible and fun to listen even more than ever before.
With a quality audiobook app for Android, iOS, and even for Windows Phone, Audible is definitely not new to the game. Owned by Amazon, Audible has the largest collection of new and popular audiobooks, and many of them will also synchronize with their Kindle counterparts so that you can switch between listening and reading.
Audible Cloud Player
Give Audible a shot on your Windows 8 device, and you are bound to love it.
Get Started With Audible
Let’s get started with the free 30 day trial with Audible, you will get two free audiobooks. Given that they usually walk around $20, it is nothing to ridicule. If you do not cancel your membership, then you will be charged $15 per month, get a free audiobook per month, and get a discount on the additional audiobook.
To sign up and get started for a free trial, visit the Audible website, or you download the Audible Windows 8 app and follow the setup there. If you already have an Amazon account but do not have an Audible account, you will be asked to sign in with your Amazon account, but you will still get two free audiobooks because technically you will get a new audio account Opening and connecting with your Amazon one.
Using the Windows 8 App
Once in the app, you should still have a familiar user interface for Windows 8 users: large text, horizontal scrolls, and a simple design. It’s similar to other amazing Windows 8 apps in Amazon: Kindle.
From the Home screen, your only choice is your library or store.
Books should be downloaded completely before you can listen to them, and the books downloaded will look completely colorful (such as Legend) and the books that have not been downloaded will appear gray-out (like divergent). Then you can select one to download and play.
Audiobooks tend to take a good part of the storage. At 110MB, the legend is already a small book and is being downloaded in the average quality rather than just the exceptional quality. If you have got any type of 3G or 4G data connection in your Windows 8 device, then you may want to switch to Wi-Fi for odd download.
You also have the option of observing the chapters for how long they have been or view your bookmarks and add notes to them. As you can see above, an orange line at the top of the screen indicates how many chapters you are in.
However, the purchase of audiobooks within the app is limited. A horizontal bar will appear on the right which operates independently from the rest of the app, which is shown above, which means that you have to sign in again. This will allow you to browse the best seller and browse new releases or search specific books, but this does not have individual book recommendations for a full-fledged website.
The Audible website creates an air to find Audiobooks, however, to recommend other books based on what you have purchased. You are better than using the website but if you leave the Audible app to visit the website, how do you use the controls? With your volume keys.
A tap on the volume keys will bring up the menu shown in the top left corner of your screen. Play or pause your book, go to the last or the next chapter, and tapping the Audible logo will open the app. Not particularly useful, and hopefully in the future, it will be replaced by a skip backward 30-second button. Now to do this, you have to keep the app on the edge.
In its flammable form, you can easily leave 30 seconds behind or bookmark a certain section. In the Audible’s setting, you can also change how many seconds the button is behind. Looking at the orange line at the top, it allows you to see how long you have in the chapter.
Using the Cloud Player
If you spend more time in desktop than the modern interface, you may find the Cloud Player more useful. Even if you are stuck with the device with limited storage and do not want to download the entire audiobooks to your computer at once, it is also easy.
You can use the cloud player by visiting your Audible library and clicking on any of your purchased books. It will open in another window and there will be very basic controls.
The Cloud Player will also synchronize all you’re listening like a Windows 8 app, so you can bookmark a specific Cloud Player URL and then open it to open that bookmark where you left off.
Of course, Audible is not your only option to listen to audiobooks on Windows. For free, public domain audiobooks that you want to check out AudioLiterate, but for newer books, the Audible is your best choice.
I never thought I would be one to join audiobook, but after doing something on Audible, I realized that they are perfect for listening while doing other tasks.
When do you listen to audiobooks most often? And what do you think about Audible’s Windows 8 app and cloud streaming? Let us know to drop a comment in the given comment section and share your experience with us.