Audible Clips Lets Users Share Audiobook Snippets

Audible, Amazon, audiobooksAudible has launched Audible Clips, a new feature that allows listeners to share samples from audiobooks over social media and email. The company intends to make listening more social, and the new feature functions similarly to memes and images of book quotes that are regularly shared online.

“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.”

To share a sample, listeners simply clip parts they want to save and choose where they want to share it online. There’s also a note-taking tool, as well as a bookmarking tool that lets listeners revisit saved clips and go straight to that location.

Of course, the rollout of Audible Clips is also a savvy move for the company itself, as it’ll no doubt greatly increase Audible’s presence on social media.

The feature is currently available on iOS and Windows and will soon be available on Android.

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One thought on “Audible Clips Lets Users Share Audiobook Snippets

  1. Michael W. Perry

    Am I the only one who’s not gushing over more cut-and-paste in world of social media? Am I the only one who thinks that those who comment should actually comment in their own words, building on their own reflections about what is said? Am I the only one who thinks that bleating out short snippets isn’t a real conversation?

    Check out the Youtube interviews of today’s college students. See how many wave their arms about, unable to express even the simplest of ideas because nothing in their education or their day-to-day experience forces them to explain anything coherently and in detail. Everything is becoming short tweets, celebrity gossip, and in the case a bit of audio they paste into social media.

    Here’s a good illustration of my point about college students so unable to express themselves in anything other than vague snippets that even they become embarrassed at their inability.

    That is dreadfully depressing and scary too if you think about the impact of this on society over the long-term. They know no geography. They know no history. They can’t make connections between events. They lack even a basic framework into which to place what they read. They spent their high school years posting selfies and tweeting about celebrity trivia. And their schools, if you even want to call what the attended schools, did nothing about that. This video is about teaching them about the Holocaust, but what good is that if they don’t even know who the Allies in the war were, who Hitler was, or can even date WWII within a decade?

    All too many people think that just because technology like social media can do something, that doing it, particularly doing it in excess, is a good thing. Not so.

    –Michael W. Perry, editor of Chesterton on War and Peace



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