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Narrative of Kindle books through Echo by Alexa
January 25, 2016, 11:01 am

If you are confused by all the names in the title, remember it is just Amazon’s way of telling you that its Kindle e-books can now be read out to you in the family-friendly voice of their digital assistant, Alexa, through their Echo smart speakers.

Amazon last week announced that Alexa, its voice-powered software will narrate Kindle books aloud through the Echo. You can now start a narration by saying, "Alexa, read "[Kindle book title in your library]," and the software will launch into a reading, albeit in a more robotic tone than your standard audiobook narrator.

The software will keep track of which book you were reading last, so you can also launch a narration by simply saying, "Alexa, read my Kindle book." Alexa will respond to commands like "pause," "go forward," and "resume reading" too. Unlike the Amazon-owned Audible service, however, you cannot specify a certain chapter to jump to in your Kindle book. Still, Amazon continues to think up unique ways to make the Echo and Alexamore handy beyond its ability to answer basic internet queries and play music, and Amazon is doing so seemingly at an accelerated clip. The updates are all part of a broader initiative to establish Alexa as a go-to partner for the smart home industry.

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