There’s been a bit of news of late for iOS users:
First off – Audible recently updated their iPhone app, and they released an iPad-native version. It’s a sleek, new, graphics-heavy way to browse the store putting cover art at the forefront. Other updates include: you can sign in with your Amazon account more easily, and you can download 3 hours of content over cellular. You can find them in the App store.
Second – A trick recently came out turning your iBooks into Audiobooks, a la Siri. Essentially, you just use Siri Dictation to read either a portion – or the whole text – of an iBook. Here’s how:
- Navigate to Settings > General > Accessability. Tap “Speak Selection,” slow down the rate if you like, and turn on “Highlight Words” so you can track from where Siri is reading.
- In iBooks, open the book you want to hear. Tap the “aA” icon, tap “Themes,” and select “Scroll.” Tap and select a word, drag through the text as far as you’d like to hear, and tap “Speak” in the resulting menu.
- Tap and select anywhere and choose “Pause” if you need a break.
Check out the Example below: