A New Hands-Free Way to Enjoy Books! Audiobooks!

Do you multitask: drive, clean house, garden, knit, or crochet while listening to audiobooks or podcasts?

If you do and haven’t heard about Audible Plus yet, you’re in for a treat!

This new monthly subscription program from Amazon is a great bargain! Not only books and podcasts, but Amazon originals, too.

I was introduced to Audible Plus when Kindle Direct Publishing invited me to join Amazon’s beta program for it using their Virtual Voices. I jumped in with both feet. Now over half my catalog of single titles is available to listen to for one low monthly fee. Oh, and the first month is free so it’s a great time to catch up on the Haviland Universe of stories.

I produced/directed every one of the titles I uploaded. When needed, I added a pause or corrected the pronunciation of words read by my personally selected Virtual Voice narrator. I felt that some of my stories sounded best when narrated by a man. The guy I chose has a rich voice, sort of a cross between Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones. Perfect for my sports-themed stories and That Twin Thing.

An English woman’s voice sounded better for my time travel audiobooks. I also used it for a couple of RomComs and Triplets: Three Aren’t One.

 

If you’d rather buy and keep an audiobook, many times you can buy the corresponding ebook for only $1.99.

#FREE on Friday, February 16th only, then on special low price of 99 cents for the rest of February is AYE, I AM A FAIRY.  This book is also available to listen to for free with your Audible Plus subscription. Over twenty hours of action, romance, and intrigue, narrated by the soothing voice of Number Eight. Check both the ebook and audiobook for ‘take me away’ entertainment. A time travel romance novel, the first of fifteen in The Fairies Saga series:

For a bundle of action, romantic suspense of all flavors to read on your Kindle reader, check out UNFORGETTABLE GUARDIANS. A veritable banquet of themes and characters. Enjoy for only 88 cents or #Free with Kindle Unlimited.

Is listening the best way to read a book?

When my fifty-year-old niece begged me to put my books in audible form, I was very hesitant. The expense alone made me hesitate… and then there was all the work involved in a world I didn’t know anything about. And between us, I shied away from having to delve into yet another publishing arena. I’d already taken on too many frustrating responsibilities as a successful author. You don’t want to get me started on all the chores Indie authors have to deal with… we’ll just say I’ve been expensing wigs lately because my hair’s only going to last so long.

But with each visit, she didn’t let up – explaining earnestly that the only time she ever had a spare moment to pick up a book was either when she was driving or doing her exercises. And she could see her peers were pretty much in the same boat.

She confided that her new favorite way to read a book was to listen to it. That way, she didn’t feel like she was sitting on her buff not getting her work done. She’d even started tuning into her books while she cooked, baked, cleaned the house, and got ready in the morning.

Plus, she really wanted to read MY books. Okay – she was working me, and between us, it was rather effective.

So… I decided that I would try an audiobook for myself to see if she knew something I didn’t. At first, I just used the earphones my husband had bought me years ago, and I downloaded a book to my phone. I’ll admit that walking my pup, Charli, everyday became a lot more fun. Soon… I noticed that the wires from my earphones were getting all caught up in everything, and so I invested in a pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones… and that did it.

I was hooked.

It was about that time the other ladies at the Billboard came up with the idea that we needed a separate page on our website for Audible books. Ones that our members had created. I was thrilled. Being that I’d started the process of getting my own popular series put into audio book form, I totally supported their idea.

And so our beautiful new page appeared.

If you click on the Audiobook’s link in the website’s list above, you’ll see some wonderful choices for you to browse through.

***I know there are various plans on the buying end Amazon activated that you might want to look into.

So far, I have three of my books in the Undercover FBI series available, and they can be found in the above page.   

Check it out! Let us know what you think?

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And… if you’ve never listened to a book, try it soon.

The Audibles app is available on everyone’s phone in the Play Store.

You’ll love it!

Hear ye, hear ye: FANTASTIC NEWS!

How to listen to just about any Amazon ebook (even when it’s not on Audible)

How to listen to just about any Amazon ebook (even when it’s not on Audible)
How to listen to just about any Amazon ebook (even when it’s not on Audible)

I have found several ways to listen to an Amazon ebook (that’s not on Audible). I believe the best #FREE way is to listen to your book on an Echo device.

Say, “Alexa, read my book.” That’s it. If you are already reading an ebook, she’ll select that one. ‘Resuming your most recent book, Aye, I am a Fairy.’

If you want to switch stories, say, “Alexa, read my book, One Arctic Summer,” (or whatever title you want). She’ll reply, ‘Getting your book from your Kindle Library.’

Note: my favorite part of listening with this method is I can tell her to go forward or back if I missed something or want to skip forward. ‘Alexa, go back ten seconds’ or ‘Alexa, go forward thirty minutes.’

This method works on my Echo Dot, Echo Show, Kindle Fire, the Alexa app on my phone, and my come-with-me-everywhere buddy, my Echo Owl frames. Oh, and Alexa picks up from where she left off, synching with whichever device I was using. I don’t have to touch anything to get it to start, pause, or stop reading, either. That’s particularly handy when pulling weeds with muddy gloves (wearing Echo Owl sunglasses with built-in speakers) or answering the door when the Echo device is across the room.

Here’s the word direct from Amazon on How to with Kindle Fire

Here’s the word on how to listen to a book on your Fire, right from Amazon.

How to listen to a book on your PC

You can use the free Kindle App on your computer to hear a non-Audible Amazon eBook. 1) Open the Kindle App. It’s free to download if you don’t already have it.

2) Go to Library and search for your book title. Open it. From the Tools Folder, select ‘Start Text-to-Speech’ or use the shortcut Ctrl+T. This way of listening is like hearing a male robot. I don’t like the guy’s voice on the Kindle Text to Speech as well as Alexa’s.

Give it a try!

If you already have the books in your library, give it a try. If not, search ABB Chill Out on Amazon and see loads of The Authors’ Billboard titles. Now you can LISTEN or read!