A new Amazon Echo smart speaker will soon have an Alexa-powered interface that will let you search for books using the voice commands on its speaker.
Amazon is making the device available through a $129 price tag.
The Amazon Echo speaker is powered by the Alexa technology that is used in Amazon’s Echo smart home devices.
Users will be able to access the Alexa-enabled Echo by asking it a question with the voice command “Alexa, Search for a book.”
Users will also be able tap a word or phrase in the Alexa interface to find the book.
A new Alexa feature, the “Buy Now” feature, will allow users to pay for a digital book and add it to their shopping cart without having to open the device and input their credit card information.
Users will be presented with a list of Amazon’s top selling books, and the Amazon Kindle app will automatically launch the books they have selected.
Once a book is selected, the Amazon assistant will begin scanning the books’ pages and highlighting the titles, titles and ISBN numbers of the books.
Users can also search for specific titles with the search bar on the Echo’s Alexa-compatible smartphone.
The Alexa-equipped Echo will also have an app that lets users tap on the book’s title to start reading.
Users can also ask Alexa to read the book aloud, and it will read the selected text aloud for them.
Users are also able to ask the Echo to play a song, and Alexa will play the selected song.
Users may also ask the device to turn on a flashlight, turn on an audio speaker, turn off an alarm, or open an app, and Amazon will launch the apps.
Users also can ask the Alexa to “Find my way home” or “Find out where I am,” and it can do that.
Users may also say the name of a book and Alexa would search for it.
Amazon will also allow the Echo-powered Echo speaker to display personalized recommendations based on users’ browsing history, friends, and interests.
Users who make multiple purchases in a short period of time, for example, can expect recommendations that include books from their friends.
Users who make more than $150 in purchases a month will have a personalized recommendation to buy the book that most closely matches their interests and preferences.
Amazon says that it will use data about the recommendations to help improve its recommendations.