Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: Hoopla Digital
Description: Your local public library and hoopla have teamed up to offer you hundreds of thousands of audiobooks and music albums free of charge. Register online at hoopladigital.com. Alexa supports playback of audiobooks and music that you already have borrowed. (Additionally, eBooks, movies, television, and comics are available on Amazon Fire, iOS, and Android devices.).
Real world use: There’s quite a few apps and services available that can connect you to your local library to allow you to check-out digital content. But, Hoopla may be the first one to enable this feature through Alexa and other Fire devices. Enabling this skill allows you to get information about available titles, but also to listen to digital content through your Echo speaker devices.
You can’t use the skill to actually check-out content yet. You still have to do that through the app or website. The app is available for several devices including iOS, Android, and Fire tablets and Fire TV.
iOS app: Hoopla Digital on iTunes
Android app: Hoopla Digital on Google Play
Fire app: Hoopla Digital on Amazon
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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