Audible just launched it's new iPhone app. I'm so excited.
I've played with the app a bit. Here's what it seems to do:
1. You can see and download anything that is in your Audible library.
2. Some advanced playback features.
3. The ability to Tweet, Facebook, or e-mail what you are reading.
4. A note taking tool.
5. News and Events - including featured customer reviews, YouTube Audible links, Audible news and lists.
What am I missing?
As you know, I'm an Audible junky who loves audiobooks but hates the Audible.com website. For a list of my audiobook collection click on this link. It blows my mind that I can't share my list of books with other Platinum Listeners and audiobook freaks through either Audible.com or the new iPhone app.
I find Audible.com continues to suffer from a poor recommendation engine, terrible integration with Amazon.com (the owner of Audible and the place for a much better book browsing and discovery experience), slow and awkward navigation, and a generally poor social features. What I do like about Audible.com are the same things I like about the new iPhone app - namely that I can see and download my whole collection in one place.
One thing that seems to be missing from the Audible iPhone app is the ability to browse and download books. Will I be able to do this from the Amazon iPhone app? Is this feature coming? Am I just missing something?
We should say thank you to the people at Audible for bringing out this iPhone app. This app will push me to put more books in my Library, so they are available for download should I ever find myself bookless and without a computer.
I hope over time the social features of both the Audible.com site and the iPhone app develop. Us audiobook listeners are an oppressed group. We have to endure air quotes when people ask us what we are "reading" lately. We want to connect with each other. We want recommendations, we want to see each others libraries and wish lists, we want to know when someone (who has given us permission to see) buys a book.
Have you tried the new Audible iPhone app? What do you like? What would you like to see included in the next version?
ps. I'm just finishing "reading" Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed, by Gregg Easterbrook - it is amazing!