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Listen Up: How to Get Alexa to Read Your Kindle Books

Ever wondered what it would be like if Alexa could read your Kindle books to you? Well, wonder no more! This post will guide you through how to get Alexa to read Kindle books. Whether you need a break from screen time or want to relax and listen to your favorite book, Alexa can make it happen.


Amazon has leveraged its ecosystem to bring more comfort and convenience to its users. An excellent example is the integration of the Kindle and Alexa, two of Amazon’s most popular products. This seamless integration is easy to set up and use once you know how.

What You’ll Need

Before we jump into the steps, ensuring you have everything you need is essential. Here’s a quick list:

  • An Amazon account
  • A Kindle eBook
  • An Amazon Echo device (or any device with Alexa)

You can find free Kindle books that fit the bill on Amazon.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Setting Up Your Alexa Device

Firstly, ensure your Amazon Echo device is set up and connected to the same Amazon account as your Kindle eBooks. This is because Alexa will access your Kindle library directly from your Amazon account.

Finding a Book for Alexa to Read

For Alexa to read your Kindle books, you must have eBooks in your library. You can purchase Kindle eBooks from the Amazon store, or if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can take advantage of the Kindle Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited. You can also find free ebooks on Amazon.

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Instructing Alexa to Read Your Book

To start reading, say, “Alexa, read my Kindle book,” followed by the title. For example, “Alexa, read my Kindle book ‘The Great Gatsby.'” If the book is in your Kindle library, Alexa will start reading it.

Remember, the commands you use are essential. If you ask Alexa to “play” the book, she might search for an audiobook version instead.

Find more Alexa Kindle Commands.

Once Alexa has started reading, you can use voice commands to navigate the book. You can tell Alexa to pause, resume, go forward or backward, or skip chapters. For example, “Alexa, go back” will make Alexa return a few seconds in the book.

Using Sleep Timers with Alexa’s Reading

One of the features that many users find helpful when getting Alexa to read Kindle books is the sleep timer function. This feature allows you to set a timer for Alexa to stop reading, which is perfect for when you want to listen to a book as you drift off to sleep.

Setting Up a Sleep Timer

Using a sleep timer with Alexa’s reading is pretty simple. All you need to do is say, “Alexa, set a sleep timer for [amount of time].” For example, if you want Alexa to stop reading after 30 minutes, you would say, “Alexa, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes.”

After you’ve set the timer, Alexa will continue reading your book but stop reading when the set time is up. This can be extremely helpful if you often fall asleep while listening to books, ensuring you will stay in your place.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Books Can Alexa Read?

Alexa can read most Kindle books available in your Amazon library. However, she cannot read books borrowed from the library, comics or graphic novels, or books in formats that Alexa does not support.

Can I Speed Up or Slow Down Alexa’s Reading Speed?

Yes, you can. You can say, “Alexa, read faster,” or “Alexa, read slower,” to adjust the reading speed to your liking.

Does Alexa Support Other Languages?

Yes, Alexa can read Kindle books in other languages, provided Alexa supports the language. Be sure to set the language settings on your Alexa device correctly.

Can I Change the Sleep Timer Once It’s Set?

Yes, you can. If you want to change the sleep timer after it’s been set, give Alexa a new sleep timer command. For example, if you initially set a 30-minute timer but want to extend it to 45 minutes, you would say, “Alexa, set a sleep timer for 45 minutes.” The new timer will replace the old one.

What Happens When the Sleep Timer Ends?

When the sleep timer ends, Alexa will stop reading your Kindle book. The next time you ask Alexa to read the book, she’ll pick up where she left off.


In conclusion, you can make Alexa your personal storyteller with a few simple steps. This feature brings a new level of accessibility and convenience to Kindle book readers, making it easy for you to enjoy your favorite books in a new way. So, why give it a try?

Keep following for more insightful guides on how to do different things with specific software and hardware products. We aim to make technology easy, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone. And remember, whether you’re looking for a respite from screen time or a hands-free reading experience, Alexa can be your assistant in discovering and reliving the stories you love. Happy reading (or should we say listening?)!

Find more helpful tips in the Alexa Archive.

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