November 14, 2018

Wanted – Funny Stories!

Tellables is actively seeking author submissions for our new conversational story experience, soon to launch on the Amazon Alexa platform. Our box of chocolates voice app offers listeners amusing bite-sized stories, each paired with a virtual chocolate candy. What We’re Looking For For the chocolate box voice app we’re specifically looking for humorous stories that run about 200 words. While topics can vary, the general […]
October 22, 2018

Can Robots Tell Stories?

Robots as Storytellers? Can robots tell stories? And do we even want them to? These are questions I’ve been exploring since founding Tellables over a year ago. I think the answer to both questions is “yes.” Robot voices, even with the current technical limitations, might be able to tell certain types of stories, carefully crafted by talented human authors. The resulting experience could be a […]
September 22, 2018

Author Spotlight: Barbara Samuels

Author Spotlight: Barbara Samuels Welcome to our first author spotlight, where you’ll get the inside story on independent authors whose content is featured in voice apps by Tellables. Award-Winning Humorist The first spotlight features Barbara Samuels, an award-winning humorist from the Treasure Coast of Florida. Her work has been published in magazines, trade journals, and anthologies. She is the 2013 Robert Benchley Humor Award winner, […]
September 11, 2018

Digital Book World and Voice First Fiction

Digital Book World is just a few weeks away. This year’s premier event for digitally-aware authors takes place in Nashville, TN and is produced under the new management of Score Publishing and its leader Bradley Metrock. Metrock and the team at VoiceFirst.FM, in addition to all their other writer-focused offerings, have been at the forefront of the voice first ecosystem. They held the first Alexa […]
August 19, 2018

Stories As A Service?

What’s so compelling about stories? Lots of things! But three reasons people love fictional tales are because they: Help satisfy our natural curiosity about other people’s lives Offer temporary relief from our own daily concerns Provide us with the pleasure of feeling empathy for another person, even if that person is a fictional character People who like stories seek them out in many different places, […]
July 3, 2018

Tricky Teacher Now Available on Alexa!

Tellables is pleased to announce the launch of our new kid-friendly Amazon Alexa skill: Tricky Teacher. The skill follows the game formula of our popular Tricky Genie game. Children are encouraged to apply higher level thinking skills as they sort through three lesson books to find the one with the correct answer. As with our Tricky Genie voice game, the Tricky Teacher skill offers lots […]
April 30, 2018

Voice First Fiction

Today I launched a new blog called Voice First Fiction. I plan to explore the emerging world of fictional content created specifically for voice-driven devices, such as smart speakers and intelligent assistants. As more people gain access to devices that understand spoken language, and that are powered by AI, the opportunities for authors increase. When we think of fiction today, chances are good we think […]
March 19, 2018

SXSW 2018 – Wow!

I traveled to Austin last week to experience my first SXSW. If you’re in the tech space and have never gone to a SXSW conference, I highly recommend it. The great thing about this event is how it brings together creative people from so many different disciplines and interest groups. It’s refreshing to be in a session about voice user interfaces or chatbots and find […]
March 8, 2018

Women in Voice First

In honor of International Women’s Day, the team at Amazon Alexa put together a blog post showcasing some of the women in the voice first space. Voice first is the term used to describe the new wave of smart devices that can understand what we say and respond (mostly!) intelligently. Amazon was very kind to feature me in a blog post last year, showcasing the […]