On Tuesday Amazon announced plans to add new Alexa voice features to the Fire TV. Soon you will be able to talk to your set top box and have Amazon’s virtual digital assistant play videos, search for info on local businesses and restaurants, launch apps, check the weather, and more.
And it’s that “more” more which has me interested today. At the bottom of the new features list is a mention that you will be able to have Alexa read your Kindle ebooks to you through the Fire TV.
All you have to do is use the command “read”, followed by the title of an ebook in your library, and you will soon be listening to Alexa.
You can find a list of voice commands for reading Kindle books with Alexa on the Amazon website.
Although, this is as much an accessibility feature as it is straight TTS. It almost makes more sense for the visually impaired or the blind to use Alexa’a voice command features with the Fire TV or an Echo than use a Kindle.
The latter has a 6 hour battery life and requires plugging in a dongle to a Kindle, while the Echo can read ebooks to you from across the room. Assuming, that is, that you’re in the same room as the Echo. If you’re on the go then the Kindle wins by default.