Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, is the closest thing we currently have to Star Trek tech in our homes. Like the omnipresent Computer, Alexa responds to voice commands. If you’ve only mastered asking her the time, you may be surprised to learn some of the things she can do!
To enable a new skill for Alexa, you’ll need to follow a couple of quick steps.
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone, computer, or tablet, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner, and then tap on Skills.
- Search for the particular skill you want or browse the categories to find something new.
- Tap on the skill you want, then tap Enable.
Pretty simple, right? Go forth and learn new skills alongside your plucky virtual assistant!
20. Play an Audiobook
If you’re an Audible customer, you can ask Alexa to play any of your purchased or borrowed books with a simple command. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, play Book Title.” This skill syncs with your listening activity on other devices, so it will pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (not that we’re obsessed with Harry Potter or anything…) where you left off on your phone or laptop.
19. Read a Kindle Book
If you don’t subscribe to Audible or simply haven’t bought an audio version of an eBook, Alexa can read it to you. This is a really fantastic skill for people who are visually impaired or don’t have time to read. Now, you won’t get a professional performance the way you would in an audiobook, but Alexa’s a pretty good narrator.
Just say, “Alexa, read me my Kindle book” and then tell her which title you’d like to hear.