Just a few days after the Amazon Echo received Google Calendar support, the voice-controlled speaker’s rapidly growing list of capabilities has increaed again. You can now listen to audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Since Amazon owns Aubilde, there’s no account linking or setup required. Simply say “Alexa, read [book title]” to begin listening to a book in your library, or say “Alexa, read my book” to continue listening to your most recent audiobook. This new capability supports Whispersync, so Echo will pick up where you left off, regardless of which device you last listened on. To jump back or forward 30 seconds in the book, you can say “Alexa, go back/forward.” Newspaper and magazine audio subscriptions are not supported yet, nor is the ability to skip to a specific chapter. Whether you have an Echo or not, if you’ve never tried Audible, you can get a free book or two when you create an account, and help support AFTVnews in the process. Amazon is also giving away extended samples of 7 audiobooks that are each up to an hour.
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