Capstone Brings Children's Book Bundles to Alexa SubscribersWith so much recent focus on using an Amazon Echo to control smart home devices , it's nice to see Alexa gain a new core skill for content consumption: She can read your Kindle books to you. You can use your voice to ask Alexa to begin reading by simply saying "Alexa, read book title. Amazon previously purchased Audible's audio book service, so when I saw the news in an Amazon newsletter, I figured there would be some fee to have Alexa read content aloud. Nope, there's no charge. You'll have to be willing to hear Alexa's semi-robotic voice for reading instead of hearing professional talent read to you - which is typically what Audible uses - but after just a few minutes of listening to Alexa, I don't mind.
25 Amazing Kid Friendly Alexa Skills
Rather than standalone offerings, the Capstone titles are grouped into 12 different themed bundles. All these You Choose Books were previously published as print books, and Alexa serves the books in a new interactive audio format read by voice actors. The Capstone bundles are aimed at kids ages eight to 12, but Amazon lists Alexa content for kids as young as three. Each Capstone bundle contains three to five books grouped around popular fictional characters or themes. What better way to keep books alive than oral storytelling? The individual stories are dramatized with a cast of actors, sound effects, and music—all content created by Capstone. At certain junctures in the story, the narrator asks the reader to make a choice and each new decision creates a different branch in the narrative.
Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon. If you own an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or any other Alexa device then you need to enable these 25 skills that your kids will love. These voice devices are meant for the whole family to enjoy, so why not let everyone in on the fun.
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