Do Audible Books Come with Read-Along Text? (Explained)

Audiobooks are a growing trend, and for good reason.

They’re great for those who have trouble reading and would like to be able to listen to books instead.

However, some audiobooks also come with read-along text so you can still follow along as you listen.

In this article we will look at the different

Here’s if Audible Books Come with Read-Along Text:

Audible books can come with read-along text. It’s usually narrated by the author or someone else involved with the book. It also comes with a transcript of the book so you know what is being said when listening rather than having to guess based on context clues alone.

Do All Titles on Audible Include Text You Can Read Along?

All Audible titles come with text you can read along with as you listen — if you want to read along, that is.

If you don’t want the text, there’s no need to turn it on.

Once you’ve downloaded an Audible title, open it in the Audible app and tap the “bookmark” icon at the top-left corner of the screen or swipe from left to right across it.

You’ll see an option to turn on “read along” at this point; tap it if you’d like to turn on read-aloud text for this title only (not all titles).

This feature is available on most of their titles, but it’s not available for every book. If a title does not have this feature, it will be listed as “Read Along: Not Available.”

Is This Feature Available to Everyone on Audible?

The answer is yes!

The Read-Along Text feature is available to all Audible members, regardless of whether or not they purchase their audiobooks through or another retailer.

How Do You Enable the Read-Along Feature?

You can use Audible to listen to books on your computer, phone, or tablet.

And you can use it on a variety of devices including Amazon Echo and Sonos speakers.

You can even download audiobooks for offline listening, so you can listen even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.

But there’s another feature that makes Audible even more useful: Read-Along Text.

  • This feature lets you see the text of your audiobook as you listen, so you can follow along without having to read along with your eyes (which isn’t always easy on an e-reader).
  • The first thing you need to do is make sure that your device’s screen is unlocked when you’re listening to an Audible book. If it’s locked, then you won’t be able to access this feature.
  • Once your device is unlocked, tap Settings from the main menu in your app and select Reading Settings from the list of options that appears on screen. From there, scroll down until you see “Read Along” and tap it once so that it’s selected (the icon will turn blue).

The steps are simple:

  • Download and open the Audible App on your iOS or Android device.
  • Sign in with your Amazon account information (or create one if you don’t have one).
  • Search for any title that includes “read-along” in its description. For example, search for “Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones” or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

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Do Audible Books Come with PDF Files?

Yes, all ebooks from Audible come in two formats: an MP3 file and a text file.

You can listen to the audiobook on your device or download the text for offline reading. The text is formatted for easy reading, so you can easily follow along as you listen to your book.

You can also read the book on your Kindle device or app using the Kindle Cloud Reader, which is available for free at

How Do I Know If a Title on Audible Is Available as Text Also?

If you’re looking for a title that is available as both an audiobook and as text, look for the “Text Only” icon next to its price.

You can search for titles by format by going to the “Format” drop-down menu in the top right corner of any page on Audible.

You can also search by title and author to find out if an audiobook has the corresponding text available.

Does It Cost More to Enable Captions on Audible?

The cost of captions on Audible is the same as the price of the book.

If you have a subscription to Audible and are listening to a book that has been enabled for captions, you will not be charged any additional fees.

The cost of the book will reflect an increase in price if it was previously purchased at a lower price, but this is normal because the publisher sets their own prices.

If you do not have an Audible subscription and want to purchase an audible book that has been enabled with captions, you can do so by purchasing it directly from Audible or Amazon.

Here’s some background info:

  • Audible offers a variety of subscription plans that give you access to a library of audiobooks and other spoken content. The latest version of Audible’s technology lets you toggle between text-to-speech (TTS) and captions on many devices. For example, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you can set up your account so that when you turn on audio narration, captions will automatically appear on screen. You may also be able to do this if you have an Android device or Kindle Fire tablet.
  • If you’re using a different kind of device — like a computer or smart speaker — then it’s not as simple as just turning on captions and expecting them to appear. Captions are embedded into audio files in a way that might not work well for all types of devices. Instead, these devices often require special software to convert audio into text before displaying it on screen.

Are Audiobooks on Audible “Whispersync-Capable”?

You can enjoy Audible audiobooks on your Android, iOS or Amazon Fire device. You can also listen to Audible audiobooks in the Audible app on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets, as well as on Kindle Fire HDX devices.

Audible Whispersync for Voice is a feature that lets you switch back and forth between an audiobook and its corresponding text. It’s not currently available for all books, but we’re continually adding more titles to our library.

If you have an eligible book in your library and it has Whispersync for Voice enabled, you’ll see a blue banner with the word “Whispersync” when you open it in the Audible app. You’ll also see the artwork of the book cover marked with a blue badge that says “Whispersync.”

Do People Normally Read Along on Audible?

The Audible app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone has a feature that lets you listen to an audiobook while reading along on your phone. The feature works by displaying the text of an audiobook on the screen and highlighting words as they’re spoken by the narrator.

It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss anything in a long book, and it’s also handy if you want to be able to skim through a book without having to find your place every time you start listening again.

But not everyone uses this feature — or even knows it exists.

Listeners may choose to listen and read along because they want to increase their reading speed, improve their comprehension and engagement, or simply for the fun of it.

Here are some tips for listening and reading along:

  • Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit or lay down. Whether you’re sitting in your favorite chair or lying down in bed, make sure you’re comfortable so you can concentrate on both listening and reading.
  • Pick a book that’s not too long (or too short). If it’s too long, it might be hard for you to stay engaged for that long; if it’s too short, it might be difficult for you to remember everything that happened in the story.
  • Set aside time every day to listen and read along with your audiobook! It’s important that you do this consistently so that your brain can get used to doing both tasks at once (reading while listening).


There are all kinds of reasons to read along with your audiobook:

  • You want to follow along with the text, so you can do it more easily or accurately. You can practice pronunciation that way, too.
  • You want to improve your comprehension of the material. If you’re reading along, you’ll be more likely to remember what you’ve heard.
  • You want to improve your listening skills by reading out loud, which helps you focus more on the spoken word and less on the written word.

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