Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you

Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you

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In addition to serving as your connection to Amazon’s vast inventory of products, Amazon Echo can now also read your Kindle books to you

And unlike Amazon’s service Audible, which provides audiobooks for a monthly fee, the book reading service from Amazon Echo is free of charge

Called Kindle Books by Alexa, the service allows the robotic voice of Alexa to read any book in your Kindle ebook library. According to an Amazon update note, the service uses the “same text-to-speech technology used for Wikipedia articles.”

That means you won’t get the same kind of color and drama you’d expect from a book on Audible, but as a free service, it’s likely to be pretty popular with some non-Audible users Read more…

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Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you

Jeff Bezos' big goal for Amazon Studios next year? An Oscar.

Jeff Bezos’ big goal for Amazon Studios next year? An Oscar.

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Jeff Bezos has a belated holiday wish for Amazon.

The CEO of the Seattle-based ecommerce giant is hoping Amazon Studios — the company’s original content division — will win the highest honor in Hollywood: an Academy Award.

SEE ALSO: Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ will be Amazon’s first original movie

“We want to win an Oscar,” he told German newspaper Die Welt in a recent interview. “Amazon has already won Golden Globes and Emmys. Our current target is to produce 16 home movies a year.”

The interview comes after several Emmy wins for hit show Transparent, a slew of Golden Globe nominations and some Oscar buzz geared toward the studio’s first film Chi-Raq. Read more…

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Jeff Bezos’ big goal for Amazon Studios next year? An Oscar.