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Amazon Alexa gains yet another magical feature

by Todd Haselton | January 18, 2016January 18, 2016 6:00 pm PDT

I use my Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant for plenty of things, though I find the most useful options are checking the weather, controlling my lights and playing music. I don’t subscribe to Amazon Audible, but Alexa has been able to play Audible books, too. Now she has another magic power that’s similar.

Amazon recently announced that Alexa can now read back books that are in your Kindle library. That means it won’t play professional voices as you’d get with something like a book you bought the Audible, but it’s still a new free feature and a new way to experience books you already own. Amazon said it employs the same text-to-speech tech that enables the voice assistant to read you Wikipedia entries and other text-based responses.

You can use a variety of commands to begin the feature including, “Alexa, read [Kindle book title]” and “Alexa, read my book.” Own an Echo? Try it now.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...