The world’s most popular online retailer has just announced that its new robot, dubbed The BookBot, will allow you to order coffee or coffee and order pizza from the Amazon app, while reading books.
Amazon says that the bookbot, which can read books on Kindle and other digital devices, will also deliver personalized offers, as well as automatically respond to your requests for things like reading time, price, and delivery status.
The bookbot is the first bot Amazon has announced in its history, and it joins a growing list of robot services that Amazon has added to its own Alexa app, which includes a robot to vacuum, a robot who reads the weather, and a robot that can make your laundry detergent run faster.
The bot’s first task will be to make your coffee.
The Bookbot will be available to Amazon Prime customers beginning on June 23, with plans to expand its capabilities over time.
Amazon hasn’t yet announced pricing for the robot, but a promotional video it posted today promises it will be $20 per month, or $99 per year.
Amazon also says it will offer its robots with “everyday tasks” and “real-life situations,” which it describes as the “real world” for its customers.
“This is a great time to be a customer at Amazon,” said Michael Schulman, vice president of retail, in the video.
“We’re thrilled that Amazon is creating new ways to interact with customers.”
The bot is also being marketed as a way to make shopping easier.
“Amazon customers love a good surprise, and the new BookBot brings that same feeling of discovery with a fun, conversational approach to book shopping,” Amazon said in a blog post announcing the bot’s launch.
The Amazon bot has been featured in promotional videos and on its own website, where it is also advertised as being able to “read and answer questions for customers.”
Amazon has previously touted its ability to read the Kindle’s weather and offer a personalized offer to customers.
However, its bots are primarily marketed as part of its Alexa service, which lets users ask questions, request things, and get replies.
It’s unclear whether Amazon plans to use its Alexa bot to make a living selling coffee or other Amazon-related products.