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Echo reading WSJ from Audible
« on: January 04, 2017, 12:40:47 PM »
Is anyone able to get Alexa to read the current WSJ or NYTimes?  I get a WSJ read every day from Audible, but no matter how I word it Alexa either says she can't find it or she reads one from a different date a year or two ago!  I have tried every wording I can think of and finally Alexa herself said "Clearly this is not supported."

But it is there in my Audible cloud and once I was able to get her to read yesterday's WSJ and another time one from a week ago.

This has been a huge source of frustration for me and I am ashamed to admit I finally told her she is stupid; she responded "That's not very nice to say" which made me feel bad (and wonder if this is monitored at Amazon!) but also made me realize she has heard this before.

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Re: Echo reading WSJ from Audible
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 12:50:09 PM »
I've had Alexa respond the same way.  ::)

I recommend you send feedback to the Alexa team using the app.  You can open one of the "cards"on the home page where asking for the WSJ didn't work and send feedback from that card.  They will be in touch with you very quickly and will likely ask if they can call you to have you try things while they are on the line.

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Re: Echo reading WSJ from Audible
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 07:06:09 PM »
Thanks Betsy.  Here is their answer:

"unfortunately the Audible function on Alexa is able only for Audiobooks. 
Some Audible content and featuressuch as newspaper and magazine audio subscriptions, chapter navigation by voice, stats and badges, bookmarks, or narration speedare not supported at this time."

I find it a bit strange bc as I said it will play a WSJ. just not the most recent one.  Being owned by Amazon I would think it would not be difficult to support reading the correct date. But so be it. Perhaps in the future.

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Re: Echo reading WSJ from Audible
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 08:19:25 PM »
Hmmm.

I could have sworn the other day, when listening to an audible book on my Dot, I asked her to skip a chapter and she did.

You might reply saying that you've had it read WSJ to you...

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Re: Echo reading WSJ from Audible
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 12:44:05 PM »

You are right, Betsy,  especially since when it does read WSJ (albeit not the issue I requested) I can navigate, going back and skipping to the next chapter. It will also pick up the reading on my other Echo/Dot.  But right now I am too frustrated with the experience to fight with Amazon. There is probably a bug or programming issue somewhere and they have determined it is easier to say it's not supported than to deal with it. Perhaps in time it will be "supported."