Audiobooks

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  1. DrakeRavensmith, Apr 4, 2018
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    DrakeRavensmith macrumors newbie

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    I've got a fairly simple question that I just can't seem to find the answer to by googling it. I like to listen to audiobooks. If I were to start listening on my iphone, either via the ibooks, audible, or undulib app, can I use the watch to play/pause the book? More importantly, do the controls allow for 15/30 second rewind/fast forward option that would appear if I dug my phone out of my pocket whenever a car honks or something?

    Much appreciated.
     
  2. BillGates1969 macrumors 6502

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    I use Audible and if I listen on my phone, then yes I can control playback on the watch just like any other sources. You can also rewind the 15/30sec etc and adjust the volume.

    I wish the Audible app was native to the watch and we could stream on LTE as I love listening to books whilst walking the dogs and have to take the phone with me if I want to listen to a book.
     
  3. matrix07, Apr 4, 2018
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    The Now Playing on Apple Watch doesn't function with iBook audiobooks.

    FWIW, they don't work on iPhone too (can't play/pause in CC & doesn't have audio sheet on Lock Screen too)
     
  4. HengenJL macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking at my Nike+ Series 2 on watchOS 4.3 Now Playing and it allows me to control the audiobook, including 15 seconds advance/rewind, playback speed, and volume. On my iPhone 7+ iOS11.3 lock screen with audiobook playing I am able to scrub through the audiobook, advance/rewind with 15 second advance, and volume.
     
  5. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    From iBook?
     
  6. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, controlling audiobooks playing on my iPhone works from the Now Playing app on my Apple Watch. I get all of the fast forward and rewind options too. It’s nice, but I really would prefer a stand-alone audiobooks app on the watch.
     
  7. santacruzer macrumors newbie

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    You can control audiobooks once they are started, but you can’t start them with the watch.
     
  8. HengenJL macrumors 6502a

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    Correct, full control when using iBook.
     
  9. DrakeRavensmith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My series 1 watch came in today. I can confirm control with iBooks, Undulib, audible, and the big finish app. It’s terribly convenient!
     
  10. Furzul, Apr 10, 2018
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    Furzul macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I can control audio books from my Apple Watch using iBooks.
     
  11. matrix07, Apr 10, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018

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    Yeah I just got it. For some reason it didn’t show the 1st time.
     

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