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Amazon Echo learns another amazing trick

Looking for something new to do with your Amazon Echo? The connected speaker can already play music, answer questions, buy stuff and even check your calendar with a simple voice command. Now it can read a book to you too.

The new update adds support for Audible, the popular audio book service that’s owned by Amazon. Just walk within earshot of Echo and say “Alexa, read [book title].” Once you start a book, you can pick it up right where you left off by saying “Alexa, read my book.” You can also skip back and forth with an “Alexa, go back/forward” command.

Amazon got its start selling books online, so it’s a bit strange that the company is just now adding Audible support. To be fair, the retail giant does a lot more now. It makes sense that audio books aren’t a top priority, but we’re happy to see that they aren’t being overlooked entirely either.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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