Audible 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshots 001)

The online retail giant Amazon, which just purchased the gameplay streaming platform Twitch for nearly $1 billion, has given its Audible for iOS app a little love earlier this morning.

Now sitting at version 2.1 and featuring a revamped user interface — along with the minimalistic new app icon — the app does away with the outdated design in favor of a more modern iOS 7-friendly appearance.

Audible is an audiobook service owned by Amazon.
In addition to the brighter UI, the refreshed software offers a few new features such as an improved search, an all-new Discover tab, a 30-second forward button in the built-in player and more.

Audible for the iPhone and iPad is available free of charge.

The app already had the 30-second rewind button — useful if you doze off as you listen to an audiobook — so the new 30-second forward button completes the experience nicely.

Audible now puts more information at your fingertips when searching for audiobooks, too. And last but not least, I have a felling that the new Discover tab is going to be hugely popular with fans of the spoken word.

Audible 1.2 for iOS (iPhone screenshots 002)

In the Discover section, you can finally add titles to your wish list. More importantly, Audible now lets you listen to audiobook samples before hitting the Buy button.

Audible 2.1 changelog:

  • New App Design: App now has a brighter, more modern layout.
  • The Player: now features a 30-second forward button.
  • Improved Search: Get more info on your next audiobook.
  • Brand new Discover tab: Listen to audiobook samples and save titles for later.

If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Kindle app, you can now enjoy Audible content within the Kindle app, no need to jump between Kindle and Audible whatsoever.

Furthermore, Amazon’s recently-unveiled $10 per month e-book subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, integrates with Audible, too.

Download Audible free in the App Store.

The 32.8-megabyte download works on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supported by iOS 6.0 or later.

Do you listen to audiobooks at all, or do you prefer the old-fashioned reading?