If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a growing pile of books that you swear you’ll be able to read … eventually … maybe … once things get a little less hectic at work, I swear. Thank god for the audiobooks, right?
Some literary snobs may look down on audiobooks, but frankly, we think these people have too much free time. We love an audiobook here at The ambient, and now that we can use smart assistants like Alexa to read them to us, it’s easier than ever to get back to a good read when you have a few minutes to spare (this is great for bedtime, too). And no, you don’t need an Audible subscription to do that.
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Below, we’ll walk you through how to do it and give you some handy Alexa commands. If you haven’t already, also check out our guide to listening to podcasts with Alexa.
What Kindle Books Can Alexa Read?
* Excellent * question. Alexa can read anything that supports text-to-speech technology. While not all Kindle books support it, the vast majority do. Books purchased from the Kindle Store, borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle Unlimited, or Prime Reading, or anything shared in your Family Library, usually works with Alexa.
Comics and graphic novels are generally not supported for obvious reasons. There are also a few features you can’t use with Alexa yet: narration speed control and immersion reading. If you’re not familiar with immersion reading, this is a feature that lets you read along with audio narration. At this time, you can only use it with Kindle iOS and Android apps, or with Fire tablets (2nd generation and later).
There are two ways to get Alexa to tell your Kindle book. We will first review the method of the application.
1. Open the Alexa app.
2. Press the To play button in the bottom menu.
3. Scroll down to your Kindle library, which should appear below Recently played and your Audible library.
4. Select the book you want Alexa to read. Then select the Alexa device you want to read.
Alternatively, you can just ask Alexa to read your book without touching the app at all. Just try some of the following commands:
“Alexa, read the Kindle book, How to get Alexa to read your Kindle books on the Amazon Echo. “
“Alexa, read my Kindle book.” (This will pick up from where you were last listening)
“Alexa, read my book, How to get Alexa to read your Kindle books on the Amazon Echo”
“Alexa, read How to get Alexa to read your Kindle books on the Amazon Echo. “
If you have an Echo Show, you can ask Alexa to show you your library of Kindle books. Say it“Alexa, show me my Kindle books.”
Need to pause it? Say it “[Pause / Skip / Stop / Resume]” to control Alexa playback.