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BLOG: Kindle tablet ‘Immersion Reading’ is a book lover's dream

James A. Martin | Feb. 4, 2014
Amazon/Audible’s combination of listening to professional narration while reading ebooks is unique and valuable, according to CIO.com blogger James A. Martin. Unfortunately, the “immersion reading” feature is only available on Kindle Fire tablets.

Source: CIO

n general, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks. But I’m seriously enjoying "immersion reading" on my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet. It's "Whispersync for Voice" feature combines professional audio narration (from Audible.com books) with real-time Kindle ebook highlighting.

I enjoy seeing words on the page or, more recently, on the screen, so I mostly avoid audiobooks. I like to see the structure the writer built: how the sentences, paragraphs and punctuation look. When I listen to an audiobook, I miss that part of the experience. As a result, I find that during most audiobooks, my attention wanders, especially if I listen while driving or walking.  

Amazon’s immersion reading brings together the best of the audiobook and printed book experiences. As the professional narrator brings the story to life, the corresponding words are automatically highlighted in the Kindle book. The narrator, provided he or she is doing a good job, pulls you deeply into the story. The animated words hold your attention while showcasing the author’s writing style. Narrator reading too slowly? You can easily speed him or her up, nearly to Alvin and The Chipmunks speed. 

Currently, I’m listening to/reading Armistead Maupin’s latest Tales of the City novel, The Days of Anna Madrigal, with actress Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) doing a bang-up job as narrator.

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n general, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks. But I’m seriously enjoying "immersion reading" on my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet. It's "Whispersync for Voice" feature combines professional audio narration (from Audible.com books) with real-time Kindle ebook highlighting.

I enjoy seeing words on the page or, more recently, on the screen, so I mostly avoid audiobooks. I like to see the structure the writer built: how the sentences, paragraphs and punctuation look. When I listen to an audiobook, I miss that part of the experience. As a result, I find that during most audiobooks, my attention wanders, especially if I listen while driving or walking.  

Amazon’s immersion reading brings together the best of the audiobook and printed book experiences. As the professional narrator brings the story to life, the corresponding words are automatically highlighted in the Kindle book. The narrator, provided he or she is doing a good job, pulls you deeply into the story. The animated words hold your attention while showcasing the author’s writing style. Narrator reading too slowly? You can easily speed him or her up, nearly to Alvin and The Chipmunks speed. 

 

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