Fast Tips Friday: Alexa, Manage My Content

Post published 7/26/19 – While searching for a specific title in my Kindle book library on the Amazon site, I noticed a new tip at the top of the screen: “Try saying Alexa, manage my content.”

It works, sort of…

I gave the new command a try, followed Alexa’s response prompts, and discovered three things.

First, per Alexa’s response, as of this writing the new command only enables Alexa to send your Kindle and Audible books to a Kindle reader device that’s registered to the same Amazon account as your Alexa device. I tried sending something to a Fire HD tablet, and it didn’t work.

Second, you have to know the full, exact title of the content you want Alexa to send and the registered name of the device you want to send it to. Alexa will first ask what you want to send, and if she can’t match whatever you said against a title in your Amazon digital library, she’ll return an error message. Same goes for device name.

You can find your various registered device names in the Manage Content and Devices section of Your Account on the Amazon site, but once you’re there and have looked up the title, it’s faster to use the Actions button right there on-screen, next to the title, to send it to your device—and from there, you’re not limited to sending only to Kindle reader devices.

Third, the larger your digital content library and the more Kindle devices you have registered to your Amazon account, the less likely this is to work. I ended up in a pretty repetitive exchange with Alexa, being prompted to name the content I wanted three times and to name the target device twice. Ultimately it didn’t work, but I don’t know if it’s because I got the target device name wrong or because there’s a bug in this new function.

WARNING: YOU CAN ALSO ASK ALEXA TO “DELETE” KINDLE AND AUDIBLE BOOKS BY TITLE, BUT DOING SO DELETES THEM FROM YOUR LIBRARY FOREVER SO DON’T DO IT UNLESS YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO ACCESS THAT TITLE AGAIN.

If your Kindle book and Audible book libraries are modest and you only own one Kindle, this probably works fine. But I’m afraid it’s going to need a little more work to be of much use to the rest of us. Hopefully Amazon’s already on it.