If you enjoy reading, you probably also enjoy audiobooks as they allow you to «read» a book while you do other things. Here’s how you can listen to audiobooks on Amazon Echo using just your voice.

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Using an audiobook service called Audible, you can play your audiobooks through Amazon Echo and control them with your voice. You can also listen to your Kindle books through the Echo if that particular Kindle book supports it — though it will be read in Alex’s slightly more robotic voice than the real person you get on Audible.

Either way, it’s very easy to set up your Audible account and use Echo to read your audiobooks aloud. In fact, if you’re logged into your Amazon account on your Echo device, Audible is already up and running (since Amazon owns Audible and they’re tightly integrated). If you have an Audible subscription, you can start listening.

Sign up for an Audible account

If you don’t have an Audible account yet, you can easily create one. Since Amazon owns Audible, signing up for the audiobook service is very easy and straightforward. Start by going to the Audible website and click Sign In in the top right corner of the screen.


Enter your Amazon email address and password on the login screen. Click Continue to create or sign in to your account.

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If you’ve never used Audible before, you’ll get a free 30-day trial that gives you one free audiobook.

After you sign up for Audible, your account will be automatically linked to your Amazon Echo if your Amazon account is linked to the device. From there, you can buy audiobooks and listen to them on Echo.

How to control audiobooks with your voice

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There are several voice commands you can give Alexa when it comes to listening to your Audible audiobooks. Here are some options you can use to start listening to your audiobooks. Keep in mind that you will need to own or rent an audiobook from Audible in order to listen to it.

«Alexa, play the book [название]».

«Alexa, play the audiobook [название]».

«Alexa, play [название] from Audible.

You can also control your audiobook by using your voice, pausing, rewinding, etc.

«Alexa, pause.»

«Alexa, summary.»

«Alexa, come back.» (This will rewind the audiobook by one paragraph.)

«Alexa, go ahead.»

Alexa even recognizes individual chapters in audiobooks, so you can tell Alexa to skip to another chapter or skip to the next chapter.

«Alexa, next chapter.»

«Alexa, previous chapter»

«Alexa, go to chapter # (#).»

«Alexa, go to the last chapter.»

How to play audiobooks on echo from your phone

If you don’t want to use your voice to tell Alexa to play the audiobook, you can use the Alexa app to find the audiobook and start playing via Amazon Echo. Once it starts playing, you can use the above voice commands to control it if you like.

To play audiobooks from your phone, start by opening the Alexa app and tap the menu button on the sidebar in the top left corner.


Click on Music and Books.


Scroll down and click Sound.


A list of your audiobooks that you own or rent will appear in the list.


A simple tap on one will start playing it. If you’re in the middle of an audiobook, it will start playing from where you last left off.


After you’ve listened to it now, you can go to the Audible app and pick up where you left off when you listened to it on the Echo. You will receive a pop-up confirming the location in the audiobook.


It may be that you don’t want to listen to audiobooks at home (I find they are best for listening in the car), but if you’re doing household chores, cooking dinner, or just relaxing, listening to Audiobooks via Amazon Echo can be a great way to finally , finish that book you wanted to read… er… listen to.

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