I would love to have it on my Roku streaming to my 65" TV sitting in my easy chair, instead of having to read my Kindle Books on some small screen, or at a desk reading it from my computer. Considering I am on Roku, 98% of the time, to include The Great Courses photography and cooking lessons, being able to quickly bring up my books to continue reading or making reference to them (some are manuals I need to refer to periodically), would be great.
To 37mediagroup re: "Also, advertising. Would someone really want to sit thru a commercial break while reading a book on their TV?
I get it, the 'text' is already written & there on Kindle, so it's only a matter of transcribing it to a channel. But Amazon surely isn't wanting to push Roku's out the door, and Roku surely doesn't want customers sitting in front of there TVs not seeing commercials."
Exactly - it's all about the commercials on TV. Mirroring Kindle Immersion Reading from my phone to the TV, I don't have to watch ANY commercials. Using a TV without the viewer/reader/listener seeing any commercials doesn't interest the big companies who figure they can't make any money that way. If they can't find a way to make money on it, they aren't going to bother to develop it. It's why J.P.Morgan killed Nikola Tesla's idea for broadcast power because they couldn't figure out how to bill users for stuff that was just broadcast over the air. Of course, years later, the British figured out they can just tax people for receiving broadcast TV by detecting and taxing users of the receivers.
We know Amazon collects data about users reading Kindle books - I get "awards" for so many consecutive days of Kindle reading and so many weeks of consecutive Kindle reading. Perhaps they can't figure out how to get a Roku reader to send back data about which book is being read and what page it's being left on to get resumed at? I wouldn't think that would be such a difficulty since Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Google Movies all seem able to resume a movie where you left off. Even Plex can remember which user left at what point in the middle of which movie. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Plex or Kodi had the first Kindle addons created for them. They probably already have EPUB reader addons and I know Plex works on Roku for movies and music and photos because I already use it that way.