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

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Wed Nov 11 16:53:19 EST 2009

On 11 Nov 2009, at 18:44, Luke Faraone wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 13:35, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
> So, no text-to-speech on Kindle? Very silly. The blind will have to
> wait for the mp3 versions of books, then.
> The Kindle has text to speech, but they allow it to be disabled on a  
> book-by-book basis by the publisher. Most publishers opt for this,  
> in the hope of boosting audiobook / playaway sales.

Fascinating, even ignoring all the horrific Kindle DRM issues (when  
you die, all your books die with you), this seem quite some breach of  
fair use especially for folks with visual disabilities, I hope some  
group take the offending publishers to court.


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