Good e-Reader is now available as a Flash Briefing on Amazon Alexa. This includes the Alexa app for Android and iOS, in addition to the Echo line of smart speakers. Alexa will read all of the latest headlines and the news articles, which is ideal if you prefer the audio editions of our stories.
Getting started with adding Good e-Reader to your device is easy. If you are using the Alexa app, simply click on the menu icon on the top left hand corner and click on settings. Scroll down to Flash Briefing and click on Add Content. A search bar will open up and you can conduct a search for Good e-Reader. It will then say “Good e-Reader Flash Briefing” and it will be added. Click on the back button and Good e-Reader will be available, simply click on the toggle button to enable it. You can then ask Alexa to play your Flash Briefing and it will read the latest news from our website. If you want to skip a story, while it is playing just say “skip” and it will move ahead to the next item.
If you have an Amazon Echo product or another smart speaker system that has Alexa built into it, there is another way you can add Good e-Reader. Visit the Alexa website alexa.amazon.com Go to Settings > Flash Briefing. Click Get more Flash Briefing content. Search for a Good e-Reader. Click on the link and click Enable Skill to add it to your Flash Briefing.
The feeds in your Flash Briefing play in the same order that they are shown in the Flash Briefing settings page, from top to bottom. New feeds added will jump to the top of the list, which might not be where you want that feed to play in the queue.To change the order in which they are played, in the Amazon Alexa app or at alexa.amazon.com, go to Settings > Flash Briefing and click Edit Order in the top right corner. Click the hamburger button to the right of a feed, drag it to the position you want it to play in your Flash Briefing and drop it. When you’re finished rearranging feeds, click Done in the upper right corner.
The Good e-Reader Flash Briefing is free and does not have any advertising. We created this skill so people can listen to us in the home or commuting, or just being bored waiting for an appointment. It adds a new dimension to the Good e-Reader experience. Within the next few weeks Amazon will be unveiling a special newscaster voice, which should greatly enhance the audio experience.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.