In the last couple of years Amazon has put a lot of effort into their intelligent personal assistant Alexa and now this technology can perform many tasks: It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information.
What you might not know is that Alexa can also read your Kindle Books for you! This is a feature which might come handy for avid mystery readers (Don’t tell us that you never feel too lazy to pick up your Kindle to read). Alexa reads your Kindle books with the same text-to-speech technology used for Wikipedia articles, news articles, and calendar events. Sure, it still sounds a bit robotic but it has come a long way and frankly, for some books it does a decent job.
In order to use this new feature, you need to have either an Amazon Echo or any other device which is Alexa-enabled (For example Amazon Fire tablets). First, you need to download the Alexa app from app store and when you are inside the app, select Music & Books > Kindle Books > Books Alexa can read.
If you prefer to use voice commands to read your Kindle mystery books, simply say “Alexa, Play the Kindle book, ‘[title].'”. You can also make requests to stop, resume, go to the next paragraph or previous paragraph by using commands such as: “Alexa, Stop…resume…go forward…or Go Backward”.
The voice is still a bit robotic, but for many ebooks it does a decent job…
When you ask Alexa to read your Kindle book, it picks up from where you left off in the book on another compatible Amazon device or reading app. The feature is only available to read Kindle books eligible for Text-to-Speech and if you are into comics, you can’t use this feature for those novels.
So far, we have been using the audiobook features of Amazon Echo extensively and love it: Text to Speech technology on Kindle, although still not as good, might soon become our obsession as well.
If you have not tried this feature, give it a try and let us know what you think.