Smart Speakers Offers Stephen King Library

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KingAmazon Alexa, and Google Assistant are offering downloads of the “Stephen King Library” to their users. King’s publisher Simon & Schuster has released what they call “the first voice-activated book recommendation tool dedicated to an author’s body of work from a major publisher.” The library was jointly produced by King’s longtime publisher Scribner, S&S, and Simon & Schuster Audio, and was developed by Skilled Creative. Fifty-six King titles will be available to readers/listeners.

“Simon & Schuster intends to be at the forefront of utilizing voice interaction technology to connect books and authors to readers and audiobook listeners. Using A.I. through Stephen King Library is a fun and innovative experience for exploring this master storyteller’s work.”  S&S executive v-p and chief marketing officer Liz Perl said in a statement.

The program asks users a series of situational questions and then offers a reading list developed by the responses. Readers can buy the books from their platform’s retail store shopping carts.