New feature: Talk to Faithlife on your Amazon Echo!

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 10 2017 11:01 AM

This sounds very promising. I bought a couple of Dots, mainly as a way to hear my music files through our (very) old sound equipment (AirTunes was too flaky). Now, I'm discovering stuff like this nearly every day. Thanks FL, for arranging this.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams

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Jack | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 9:07 AM

Dustin - Ever since you indicated that you just shipped a fix, I am getting "Sorry, I'm having trouble accessing your Faithlife skill right now"

I tried disabling skill and re-enabling skill. I also dropped the reading plan and re-added it but so far I just get "Sorry, I'm having trouble accessing your Faithlife skill right now"

It would be good to know that something is being fixed. I keep trying it every day to no avail.

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 9:19 AM

I also just tested it this morning to find that it is unable to access the Faithlife skill.  However, the Faithlife app would still read the Bible.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 11:08 AM

That is very bazaar...it works fine on my Alexa. We'll keep investigating. 

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 12:04 PM

Dustin Masters:

That is very bazaar...it works fine on my Alexa. We'll keep investigating. 

Could you please give us the exact command you give to Alexa?

Also, what kind of reading plan are you using?  Is it a canned plan or something that is customized?

Furthermore, is anyone, besides Dustin, able to use a reading plan?

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 2:14 PM

I am not finding it working well.  I agree that it would help to have exact commands.  Can I ask Alexa to read me a book in my library such as a commentary?  I tried and it did not work.  I need exact commands posted

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 4:52 PM

Ok, I tracked down the issue. Alexa's API has a limitation to how many words it will read aloud. If you blow past that limit, the skill returns an error. I will ship a fix in a few minutes to automatically truncate readings. Looks like their limit is 8000 words.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 4:54 PM

You unfortunately cannot ask the skill to read books to you by name - a reading plan must be set up ahead of time. You can ask it to read bible verses, and it will use your preferred Bible to read the verse back to you.

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 4:55 PM

Hi Dustin, I have tried to get Amazon in the UK to release the skill and they said they would. I was wondering if there is anything more you can do from your end to get this out to us ?

Thanks

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 11 2017 5:07 PM

As far as I can tell, our skill is set up to be distributed anywhere Amazon has a presence. Maybe your Echo is configured for a language that isn't English? That may cause the skill to disappear...

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 12:45 AM

Hi Dustin, it is something that appears to be nationwide. If I go onto amazon.com and search faithlife in skills I can see it. If I do exactly the same in amazon.co.uk it doesn't appear. I've spoken with amazon and they have told me it is not in their uk catalog. The rep also told me that they will add it. I am concerned though that the message won't getto the correct people. .

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Jack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 3:34 AM

Yes, It is working for me today. Thanks Dustin

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 5:13 AM

Jack:

Yes, It is working for me today. Thanks Dustin

Where abouts are you based Jack. I am guessing not the UK ? 

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Jack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 7:20 AM

Dave Thawley - No I think Dustin was working two issues. My issue was trying to get Alexa to read my reading plan. The UK issue remains unresolved, I would guess. I am in the US

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 7:33 AM

My reading plan started working this morning.  I did not have to reinstall the skill.  Thank you!

Now if we could just get Alexa to pronounce "Job" correctly . . .   :)

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 7:43 AM

Thanks very much for getting back to me and explaining Jack. I thought I was in luck for a minute :-) Glad your issue is sorted now.

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Jack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 9:39 AM

Yeah, Lots of goofy pronunciations but that is not a FaithLife issue.

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 9:47 AM

Dustin,

When there are multiple reading plans, which one does it pick?  Is there a way to control the plan which will be read?

Thanks.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 11:08 AM

It picks the latest reading plan you have joined - use documents.logos.com to see all the reading plans you are in.

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Dustin Masters | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 12 2017 11:09 AM

Dave, I will reach out to Amazon and see what we can do to fix the UK distribution issue.

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