How to use Kindle with Alexa

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In this article, you will learn how to use various voice commands to read your Kindle books with the help of your Alexa assistant.
As Kindle is an Amazon service, it is already connected to Alexa under the same Amazon account. You don’t have to add it to the Alexa application.
If your Kindle book supports Text-to-Speech technology, it will be read with Alexa’s voice. Even though reading with a synthetic voice is not (yet) as good as being read by a real person (like in Audible audiobooks), the result is still of good quality and appreciated if you have difficulty reading.
If your book is written in another supported language, Alexa will use her corresponding international voice to read it to you. For example, if your book is written in Spanish, Alexa will read it in Spanish.

Kindle Library

Alexa can tell you which are your latest purchased Kindle books, but for a complete list, you can visit the Alexa app.

Alexa, what are my Kindle books?
Alexa, what is in my Kindle library?

You

There are [number] books in your Kindle library, including [title1, title2 and title3]. For a complete list, go to the Play section in your Alexa app.

Alexa
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Listen to a Kindle book with Alexa

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Read one of your Kindle books

Alexa, read [title]
Alexa, read the book [title]
Alexa, read my Kindle book
Alexa, read my Kindle book [title]

You

Resuming your most recent book: [title]

Alexa
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Pause reading

Alexa pause | stop

You
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Continue the last Kindle book where you left it

Alexa, read
Alexa, continue my book

You

Resuming your most recent book: [title]

Alexa
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Adjust reading speed

Alexa lets you control your Kindle book reading speed. The setting will apply only to the current book you are listening to.
There are 7 preset speeds:

  • slowest speed (0.5x)
  • very slow speed (0.75x)
  • slow speed (0.9x)
  • normal speed (1x)
  • fast speed (1.25x)
  • very fast speed (1.5x)
  • fastest speed (2x)
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Decrease the reading speed

Read your book one step slower to the minimum speed of 0.5x.

Alexa, read slower

You

Reading at 90% speed

Alexa
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Increase the reading speed

Read your book one step faster to the maximum speed of 2x.

Alexa, read faster

You

Reading at 1 1/4 speed

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Reset the reading speed

Read your book at the normal speed of 1x.

Alexa, read at normal speed

You

Reading at normal speed

Alexa
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Schedule shutdown (sleep timer)

You can ask Alexa to stop reading after a specific period of time.

Alexa, set a sleep timer

You

If you want to stop reading in 5 minutes, just say:

Alexa, set a sleep timer

You

Timer for how long?

Alexa

5 minutes

You

Sleep timer for 5 minutes, starting now!

Alexa

You can also specify a time to stop reading in your command.

Alexa, stop reading in [time]

You

Sleep timer for 5 minutes, starting now!

Alexa
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Navigate in the book

Alexa allows you to move the playback position backwards or forwards. By default, the jump is 30 seconds. But you can specify a different duration at the end of your instruction.

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Go forward 30 seconds

Alexa, go further
Alexa, skip ahead

You
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Go forward another duration

Alexa, forward [duration]
Alexa forward [1 hour]

You
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Go back 30 seconds

Alexa, go back

You
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Go back another duration

Alexa, go back [duration]
Alexa, go back [10 minutes]

You
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Change the chapter

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Go to the next chapter

Alexa, next chapter

You
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Go back one chapter

Alexa, previous chapter

You
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Information about the book title and author

If you are unsure about the book Alexa is reading to you, you can ask her to remind you of its title and author.

Alexa, what is this book?

You

This is [title] by [author]

Alexa
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