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Say the Magic Words: Alexa Kindle Commands

Are you in love with reading but often find yourself strapped for time? Or you’d like to continue with your favorite novel while busy cooking or driving. If you’ve been searching for a hands-free, versatile reading solution, you’re in luck! In combination with your Kindle, Amazon’s Alexa is here to revolutionize your reading experience. This article will guide you through the ins and outs of the Alexa Kindle commands, bringing your virtual assistant and e-reader into perfect harmony.

Harness the Power of Alexa Kindle Commands

Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, is not just for playing music, setting alarms, or checking the weather. Combined with Kindle, your Alexa device can read your favorite books out loud, turning your home into an immersive audiobook environment. This feature, known as Alexa’s “Read-to-Me,” allows you to engage with literature in new, dynamic ways.

How can you get Alexa to read a book from your Kindle library? The command is straightforward:

  1. Wake Alexa by saying, “Alexa.”
  2. Ask her to read your Kindle book by saying, “Read [book title] from my Kindle library.”

Alexa will start reading the book aloud, beginning where you last left off.

Diving Deeper: Advanced Alexa Commands for Kindle

Once you’ve mastered the basics of using Alexa Kindle commands to read your books, you should explore more advanced commands that can further enhance your hands-free reading experience. Below, you’ll find a variety of commands to help you control your reading without ever having to lift a finger.

These commands allow you to navigate through your book effortlessly.

  • “Alexa, go back.” This command rewinds the book by 30 seconds.
  • “Alexa, go forward.” This skips forward 30 seconds in the book.
  • “Alexa, go to the next chapter.” This skips to the next chapter of the book.
  • “Alexa, go to the previous chapter.” This rewinds to the beginning of the current chapter or goes to the previous chapter if you’re at the start of a chapter.

Playback Control Commands

These commands provide you with complete control over your book’s playback.

  • “Alexa, play faster.” This command increases the speed of the narration.
  • “Alexa, play slower.” This decreases the rate of the narration.
  • “Alexa set the sleep timer for [time].” This command sets a sleep timer for your book, perfect for bedtime reading.

Library Management Commands

These commands help you manage your Kindle library with ease.

  • “Alexa, what’s in my Audible library?” This command lets Alexa list down the books in your Audible library.
  • “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” This command gives you news and information updates from your Kindle library.

Where Can I Find Books for Alexa to Read?

Alexa can read most books in the Kindle Store, Audible books, and books borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited. Additionally, Alexa can read personal documents you add to your Kindle Library. Learn more about books for Alexa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Alexa Read Any Book?

While Alexa can read most Kindle books, some are not supported due to rights restrictions. Also, note that Alexa’s reading capabilities are text-to-speech, meaning it won’t match the experience of a professionally narrated audiobook.

Can Alexa Read My Kindle Books on Any Device?

Yes, as long as the device is Alexa-compatible, you can use these Alexa Kindle commands. This includes Amazon Echo devices, select Fire tablets, and even smartphones with the Alexa app installed.

How Do I Stop or Pause Alexa While It’s Reading?

Controlling Alexa while it’s reading is as simple as giving a command. Say “Alexa, stop” to stop the reading, or “Alexa, pause” if you want a short break.


These Alexa Kindle commands present an excellent, hands-free way to dive into your favorite books. Whether you’re multitasking at home or on the go, the powerful duo of Alexa and Kindle ensures you always take advantage of your reading time. Explore the wide world of books available and enhance your reading experience today. Remember, a good book is just an “Alexa, read…” away.

For more tips, check out the Alexa Archives.

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