Yes, You CAN Play Audible Audiobooks On Echo

**6/5/15 UPDATE*** The Echo now has true Audible integration. Click here for my post about it.

Also see this post, about using Kindle book Text to Speech on an Echo.


You Can’t Ask Alexa To Play Your Audible Stuff, But That Doesn’t Mean She Won’t Do It!

I have no doubt that Amazon’s own Echo developers are hard at work building a direct interface between Audible and the Echo—Audible is an Amazon company now, after all—but you don’t have to wait. Yup, there’s an easy way to pipe your Audible audiobook through the Echo’s speaker. I’ve got one word for you: Bluetooth.


The Easy How-To

Connecting, or “pairing”, the Echo is simple, and once you know how you can use it to pair the Echo with ANY Bluetooth-enabled device. Once a given device is paired, you can play audio from ANY of its audio apps through the Echo speaker just as you would with ANY Bluetooth speaker.

1. Ensure your mobile device has the Audible app installed, and get your audiobook. Note that Amazon Fire devices come with the app pre-loaded and built right into the operating system. In the Audible app, locate and download the audiobook you wish to play.



2. Ensure you’re within 6-10 feet of the Echo device. Make the Echo discoverable with this voice command: “Alexa: pair.”

3. Turn on your mobile device’s Bluetooth adapter. On most smartphones and tablets, this is either under Settings > Bluetooth or Settings > Wireless & VPN. You should see an alert pop up on your mobile device, asking if you want to pair with the Echo device. Confirm.

4. Open the Audible app, turn up your mobile device’s volume and start playing your book. It will play through the Echo’s speaker instead of your mobile device speaker, with a much richer sound quality. You will still need to use the Audible app touchscreen controls on your device for playback control (e.g., pause**, skip, etc.) but you can adjust the playback volume on the Echo with, “Alexa: volume up,” or “Alexa: volume down.”

**UPDATE** My own tests have shown Alexa will respond to Pause and Stop during playback, but not the other Audible app playback controls like speeding up or slowing down playback, skipping ahead or back by 30 seconds, etc.

Remember to turn Bluetooth off when you’re not using it to conserve battery power on the mobile device.


And that’s all there is to it! Easy-peasy, right?



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And now…

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