I\u2019ve become a huge fan of audiobooks in recent years, they\u2019ve become my preferred way to read to the point where my Kindle e-reader has been collecting dust as it sits idly on my dresser. I get my audiobooks from Audible, which offers a huge selection of books.\nAudible\u2019s app for the iPhone and iPad makes it very easy and convenient to download audiobooks and listen to them. The Audible app is one of my most used apps on all of my iOS devices, I have it on the dock of each of my iOS devices.\nBut Audible still hasn\u2019t released an app for the Apple Watch.\nThe lack of an Audible app for the Apple Watch has long struck me as a very odd thing. Audible has been fantastic in its support for iOS devices, so why not the Apple Watch?\nAudible audiobooks and the Apple Watch\nPart of the problem may have been that Audible\u2019s audiobook files are in a different format than MP3, according to an answer in this Apple support thread. But that problem should have been dealt with in watchOS 2, and there is still no Audible app for the Apple Watch in sight.\nI suppose it\u2019s possible that listening to audiobooks via the Apple Watch\u2019s speaker might not be an optimal experience, or that doing so might run down the watch\u2019s battery too quickly. To date I haven\u2019t seen numbers on how listening to audiobooks would affect the Apple Watch\u2019s battery life, however.\nSome folks have come up with a work around that uses iTunes as a way to get audiobooks to play on the Apple Watch:\n\nI\u2019ve managed to get this working. All I needed to do was to change the media type of the audiobooks to music in iTunes.\nStep by step -\nCreate new playlist folder in iTunes > select audiobook files >select all, right click, get info >agree to edit multiple items > options tab - change media kind to music > sync iPhone with iTunes.\nYour audiobook will now appear in your playlists in the watch app on your iPhone and can be selected to sync to your watch.\nMore at the MacRumors Forum\n\nWhile it\u2019s great that people have figured out how to use iTunes to play audiobooks on the Apple Watch, it\u2019s a very inelegant solution compared to a native Audible app for the Apple Watch.\nIt\u2019s past time for an Audible app for the Apple Watch\nI\u2019m sure that the folks at Audible have at least considered the possibility of an Apple Watch app. But how far along they might be in creating one is not known to me. I spent some time poking around online, but I have not been able to find anything substantive about an Audible app for the Apple Watch.\nHopefully Audible will surprise us with an app soon, perhaps after watchOS 3 is released next month. One thing is for sure though, Audible needs to stop dragging its feet and release an app for the Apple Watch.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.