What do I mean by listening to words? Well, we got a lot of feedback from our Growth Hack about listening to audiobooks at two or three times speed. Got a lot of information and I love hearing from you, so thank you.
One of the questions I got was, “Doug, I don’t have the audiobooks. A lot of the books that I enjoy reading either come in hardcover or Kindle versions. What do I do then?”
Well you have a couple options and the one that I’m going to share with you today is simply by taking out your Kindle, Amazon has what’s called Whispersync. Whispersync has a really unique feature. Now, most audiobooks now have this. You can either buy it separately, but what I found is that it actually is included in most books. Now Whispersync allows you, at the bottom of your Kindle, to select the audio version.
Now this is usually for visually impaired and it’s not quite as good as having an author or a professional reader, but it works really well. With Whispersync, you can set the audio to be slower than one-time speed, but you can also go up to three times speed and even four in some situations, depending on the software you’re using. Now I find Whispersync not to be as good again as the author because of the clarity, the pronunciation isn’t as good and the flow of the words. You’re having a computer reading the words one by one to you. For me, it’s usually about two to two and a half times speed is my speed spot, but you may find it to be different for you.
What you’re able to do then is download books that aren’t quite ready for audio format, that may be on a Kindle or another device or an e-reader. Utilizing the Whispersync or accessibility functions, like the iPhone has, you can actually go to iPhone and set your accessibility reader functions so that it’s reading for someone who is visually impaired and the iPhone will actually read the text for you. Again, it’s not as good as the audiobook, but give it a try.
This will allow you to digest books and content at a much faster rate and thus letting you go one step closer to being the author of your own story.
That’s it for me today. I’ll see you tomorrow.
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