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This guide has been prepared to show you the required steps involved in listening to audio books on your Amazon Alexa smart speaker. The guide covers all the Amazon Alexa Echo Speaker and Show devices, including those with a screen and those with just a speaker.
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People without an Amazon Echo device can use these feature as long as they have the Alexa app installed on their phone or tablet. Here are some handy links to the app stores for Android and Apple:
Audible is a great way to immerse yourself in a good book, often the authors also do the narration which adds a whole new dimension to the experience. There is a huge range of books. If you take out the subscription (which is at the time of writing £7.99) you get one book a month included.
You can browse books on the mobile phone app or through the desktop website. There’s a wish list where you can add new books. Note that you cannot make purchases through the mobile phone app at present, this will require you to go into the website to purchase and then you can download into the library on your phone. This means you can listen to your content both online or offline. You can also listen to your library using an Alexa speaker. The great thing about this is that it keeps your place as you move from your phone to the other speakers in your home.
There are some free titles available to try out and see if you like the service, just say: ‘Alexa, what’s free from Audible?” You also get the first month and book for free and can cancel the subscription if you decide it’s not for you.
Here is a step-by-step instruction of how to play Audible books on your Alexa speaker:
You will notice that within the list of devices, that your device (i.e. mobile or tablet) can also be used to play your chosen book.
You can also listen to Kindle books using Alexa. This is not as nice a listening experience as the texts are read in the Alexa voice. However, the Kindle books are very affordable and if you are an Amazon Prime member there is a vast library of free books and magazines.
To find out more about setting up and using the Kindle services see the Amazon website.
Here is a step-by-step instruction of how to play Kindle books on your Alexa speaker:
For further tips on using Amazon Alexa and helping you to get familiar with the features we’ve also prepared a Quick Tips guide.
If you want to try out some more of the entertainment features you can also read our blog article with more help and advice on displaying photos, playing music, games and more.
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