Amazon now a tributary

In the kontinuing Kindle kontroversy, Amazon has re-configured its Kindle 2 so that text-to-speech is now an option controlled by the book’s publisher.  This probably means that this feature will be “off” for most of the content, reducing Kindle’s universal design appeal, and correspondingly raising the value of DAISY and Bookshare, two non-profits committed to access to books via voice.  The ecosystem continues to evolve, with or without Amazon.

Gizmodo: Amazon Caves to Snippy Authors: Kindle’s Text-to-Voice Feature Now Optional

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2 Responses to Amazon now a tributary

  1. So of course now there are reports that the Kindle causes eyestrain. Revisiting speech output would be a useful response–

    Engadget: Kindle 2 users complain of eye strain, mull over possible solutions

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