[IAEP] AP: Schools shun Kindle, saying blind can't use it

Ton van Overbeek tvoverbeek at gmail.com
Wed Nov 11 13:44:07 EST 2009

On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 7:35 PM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 09:44, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
>> http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jEvsVQEnfo1Y-ibxGgcsCqTzjOJwD9BT4BD81
> So, no text-to-speech on Kindle? Very silly. The blind will have to
> wait for the mp3 versions of books, then.

Kindle 2, Kindle DX and the new international Kindle all have text-to-speech
for the books.
Two problems: The navigation menus (needed to enable text-to-speech for a book)
themselves have no text-to-speech, so you need somebody else to enable it
for you (this was pointed out in the article Sean Daly referred).
The second problem is that publishers have to give permission for text-to-speech
to be enabled for a specific book (afraid of losing audio book sales ...).

Ton van Overbeek

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