Choose Your Own Adventure with Amazon Alexa and Audible

Chooseco, a company that publishes Choose Your Own Adventure books, has partnered with Amazon Alexa and Audible to create an interactive book series. The Alexa skill is available for two Choose Your Own Adventure books by R.A Montgomery, Journey Under the Sea and The Abominable Snowman. To begin either book, users can say “Alexa, open Choose Your Own Adventure”.

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The Abominable Snowman by R.A Montgomery. Photo provided by Chooseco.

Chooseco spent years trying to convert their books into audio, facing numerous challenges.

“There are critical elements of CYOA in print form that keep reluctant readers engaged—illustrations, text from other storylines to encourage readers to explore more than one storyline in the book, the ability to ‘turn back a page’ after an unfortunate choice—and it was a challenge to replicate this experience with e-books,”

said Shannon Gilligan, CEO and Publish of Chooseco. Audible, the leading audiobook provider and a subsidiary of Amazon, provided the sound team with the necessary expertise to create a seamless user experience. The Choose Your Own Adventure is available as of February 4th, 2019 on all Alexa-enabled devices.

Chooseco is not the only way that users can listen to children’s books on their smart home platforms. Last fall, Google Home partnered with Disney to create read-along books. Users can skip parts and take breaks, making the stories more convenient. Newer titles like Moana and Coco are available, as well as older classics like Peter Pan. Aside from stories, Disney has created Choose Your Own Adventure games for kids available on Google Home.

As children become more and more comfortable with technology, smart home companies rush to create content and products to suit their needs. Last Spring, Amazon created the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which comes with a “kid-friendly case” and parental controls. As the smart home market grows exponentially, read-along kids books and games are expected to increase in numbers.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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