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’200 Ways to Use Alexa’ Reveals Little-known Skills to Interact with Alexa-enabled Devices

December 4, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- From finding the cheapest gas and accessing live sporting events, to tuning your guitar or having a conversation with Pikachu, there are thousands of innovative Amazon Alexa skills – and many of them are little-known. In the new book More Than Just Weather & Music: 200 Ways to Use Alexa, author and voice-technology expert Bradley Metrock showcases a multitude of best-in-class Alexa skills and how valuable Alexa-enabled devices can be for the everyday user. The richly illustrated book features Alexa skills across 20 different categories, in addition to award-winning Alexa skills.

“Millions of people around the world are quickly adopting and interacting with Alexa-enabled devices, but they’re only utilizing a very small fraction of the skills available,” says Metrock. “There’s so much more that can be done with Alexa beyond just weather forecasts and playing music. This new book is meant to be an essential resource – a companion for every Echo purchased – for those who want to benefit from Alexa on a daily basis.”

According to Amazon, Alexa skills are like apps for Alexa, helping customers perform everyday tasks or engage with content naturally with voice. The book comprises the best little-known skills, including how to:

Katherine Prescott, founder and editor of VoiceBrew, who wrote the book’s foreword, says, “Voice technology is poised to become one of the primary ways that people interact with technology. However, there is one big problem: Most people only use Alexa for an extremely narrow set of tasks. Bradley Metrock’s insightful new book will change all of that, helping people discover the myriad ways Alexa can be used.”

The Alexa skills featured in the book cover Business, Car & Drivers, Culinary, Education, Entertainment, Games, Health & Wellness, Kids, Music, News & Radio, Outdoors & Travel, Personal Finance, Pets, Productivity, Relaxation & Medication, Religion, Shopping, Sleep & Nighttime, Smart Home and Sports. Precise verbal commands to enable these third-party skills, as well as specific language by which to interact with them through Alexa, are provided with each description.

More Than Just Weather & Music: 200 Ways to Use Alexa retails for $29.99 and is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart. In addition to the print version, an ebook is available on Apple and Kobo for $4.99. An Alexa skill version of the book, designed for use with Amazon’s Echo Show, will be available in early 2020.

About Bradley Metrock
Bradley Metrock is CEO of Nashville-based Score Publishing, host of the No. 1 tech podcast This Week In Voice, and executive producer of the national VoiceFirst Events series, which includes Project Voice – the No. 1 event for voice tech and AI in America (taking place Jan. 13-17, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the week after CES). Metrock is a recognized leader with voice-first technology and AI, speaking and writing regularly on related topics.

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