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How to listen to audiobooks using Amazon Alexa

Talking to Alexa can make keeping organized easier, but it's definitely useful for more than just an interactive to-do list and search engine. You can also use Alexa to listen to your Audiobooks when you're ready to relax. We've got the details on how to get listening to your favorite books in no time.

Alexa can read audiobooks

Amazon Echo Dot

Alexa on the Amazon Echo can connect to a variety of different apps and services in an effort to make your life easier. This ranges from everything from shopping lists, to movies, and yes, even audiobooks. By just asking asking Alexa to open one of your audiobooks up, you can lay back and listen to the book you've been craving.

To access them you'll need to connect to either your Audible or Amazon account, depending on which service you prefer to listen to. This means that if a new book comes out that you just have to have, you can order it, and then lay back and have Alexa open it for you.

Getting set up shouldn't take any time at all, since your Audible account is connected to your Amazon account. The most you'll need to do is make sure you are signed in to the Audible app if you plan on purchasing more books. The app should automatically sync up your library, letting you listen to the books you are interested in within moments of purchase.

How to use the Alexa app to listen to an audiobook

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the overflow icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Music, Video & Books.

  1. Tap Audible.
  2. Tap the audiobook you would like to listen to.

Are you listening?

Alexa is here to make your life just a little bit easier, and that includes playing your audiobooks for you when it's time to relax. With virtually no setup required, this means you don't need to worry about anything but settling in to listen to the story you want to hear. Have you been listening to audibooks with Alexa? Let us now about it in the comments below!

Jen is a staff writer who spends her time researching the products you didn't know you needed. She's also a fantasy novelist and has a serious Civ VI addiction. You can follow her on Twitter.

6 Comments
  • That seems not much different than just... using the Audible app. Since, you're likely to have it there, anyways. Alexa seems nice, and the Echo Dot is very tempting, but outside of just playing Amazon Content and shopping by voice, it seems very limited compared to Google Assistant and Siri (in terms of answering Queries).
  • I have a Dot that was given to me for Christmas and it's still on the box, I saw this article and thought cool. But than after reading it I just think lame. While it's cool you can listen to a audio book on it, why sound you have to use your phone to start it? I thought the whole point of all these smart speakers was not having to use your phone to use them?
  • you would be amazed what the Dot can do without your phone
  • Slightly misleading article. If you are in the middle of a book, you can just say ' Alexa, read my book' and the echo will pickup from your last read point. So it is useful and no phone needed.
  • You don't have to open the Alexa app at all to read a book. I buy the book on Audible and then I ask Alexa to read my book. I just state the name of the book to start. After that you just say Alexa, read my book to pick up where I stopped. Using Alexa to read Audible books is for my blind mother. Not much thought or testing went into writing the article.
  • You don't have to open the Alexa app at all to read a book. I buy the book on Audible and then I ask Alexa to read my book. I just state the name of the book to start. After that I just say Alexa, read my book to pick up where I stopped. Using Alexa to read Audible books is for my blind mother. Not much thought or testing went into writing the article.