Amazon Echo Gains Ability To Read Kindle eBooks
"With Kindle Books by Alexa, you can ask Alexa to read Kindle books in your library. Alexa reads books purchased from the Kindle Store, borrowed from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited, or shared with you using Family Library," Amazon explains in a support document. "Alexa reads your Kindle books with the same text-to-speech technology used for Wikipedia articles, news articles, and calendar events."
You can issue commands like:
- Alexa, read "[Kindle book title]"
- Alexa, ready my Kindle book
- Alexa, pause
- Alexa, resume my book
- Alexa, go forward / back
Unlike hiring a famous actor with a memorizing voice to read your books (John Malkovich and Scarlett Johansson are two more names that comes to mind), Alexa will perform the service free of charge and at your convenience. The catch, of course, is that listening to Alexa inevitably means that certain nuances in language will go ignored, but again, it's a free function.
Memory is in Alexa's favor. No, not memory as in DRAM, but her ability to remember where you left off in a book, courtesy of Amazon's Whispersync for Voice technology. That includes jumping from device to device -- you can listen to a Kindle book on your smartphone during a lunch break at work and then resume where you left off later that evening on your tablet.
Pretty neat, don't you think?