I’m pretty new to audiobooks but I am slowly falling in love with them. One of my biggest challenges has been taking notes while I consume them, and while I found that I could add bookmarks & notes on the app I could not for the life of me figure out how to access them! What use are my notes when I can’t find the things when it’s time to write my review?!
This quickie guide honestly came from an intense need on my part to be able to take and access notes on Audible so I can write my very overdue review for Gemina. I wasn’t able to find a source online and it took me playing around on the Desktop app to find my bookmarks… so I decided to put together a quick post on how to access them!
Notetaking is part of my process
I’m a notetaker when I read. I’m used to writing my notes down in my books: scribbling my thoughts and reactions in the margins, underlining and tabbing quotes that I want to use. One of my favorite things about eBooks (especially eARCs) is that I can color-code my notes for different things I like to talk about in my reviews (blue are quotes for my review, red is character development, yellow is general notes/worldbuilding) and this process works really well for me when it comes time to write my reviews. With audiobooks, I have been struggling to retain my thoughts but you can actually take notes & add bookmarks while reading on Audible!
The Bookmark Feature (which is called clips in the app) allows you to mark the specific place in the audiobook and add your notes.
Now you don’t have to worry about furiously writing down notes and quotes in a notebook while you are listening to your audiobook (which helps because I sometimes am doing my dishes at the same time!). Future Kal was very happy to have figured out this feature, but when it came to me accessing them after the fact… I had trouble.
How to Access Notes on Audible
You can access your bookmarks via your mobile app or on the Desktop App. I like that you can access them on your computer because I write all my reviews on my computer so it makes it easier for me, but you can also access them on the app!
- Go to your Library and click to listen to the book you want to access the notes for. I will be using Gemina as my example because this was the book I needed my bookmarks for. Two birds, one stone.
- Click Listen Now and a Cloudplayer will open up in a new window (web app).
- Click the little … on the top right of the Cloud Player or phone app window and select “Bookmarks”
- Voila, all your bookmarks are hereeeeeee!
Screenshots for the web Cloud player:
Screenshots for phone app (Android OS):
After I found my bookmarks it was so much easier for me to write my Gemina review because when you click on the “Go to bookmark” link it takes you to that exact clip in the audio! Magic! Victory!
Do you read audiobooks? What tricks of the trade do you have to share? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!