Audible has just announced new program called Clips. It allows you to share 45-second clips of whatever you’re listening to and works everywhere from Facebook to SMS.
“Audible customers are book lovers whose print books are likely to be full of their own annotations and underlines,” said Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible. ‘Clips’ now gives them the ability to memorialize their own personal reactions to narrated text and performance within the Audible app.”
“Listeners also love talking about books, authors, and narrators they are passionate about, and Clips makes it easier for our customers to start meaningful conversations with their friends and family directly from their audiobook whenever inspiration strikes!” added Katz. “We are also excited to launch this new, easy-to-use tool that authors and narrators can use to raise awareness of their audiobooks.”
Before ‘Clips,’ literary quotes could only be shared from ebooks or transcribed from print books. For the first time today, audiobook listeners will be able to share pieces of audio content with their social network. Clips can be shared across multiple destinations including Facebook, Twitter, SMS, e-mail, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more.
To use ‘Clips,’ listeners simply tap on the clips icon within the app whenever they come across a particularly interesting or shareable moment while listening to their Audible audiobook. The tool then allows users to select up to 45 seconds of audio that can easily be edited, saved and shared. Friends can quickly listen to a quote or excerpt that inspired the sender without having to create an account or download an app. When listening to the clip, the recipient is also given the opportunity to share it and purchase the full audiobook. With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy their first audiobook for free.
Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible continues that tradition of innovation today by becoming the first and only provider to offer the ability to save and share passages of audiobook content. In 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from Audible outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.