Text-to-speech under attack

February 27, 2009

In case you were not aware, Amazon’s Kindle 2 electronic book contains a text-to-speech feature that reads e-books out loud using synthesized speech.

Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book

Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book

People with vision impairments or who are otherwise unable to read can download the newspaper or a novel from anywhere (it uses 3G over the cell-phone network) and it will read it aloud.

Cool feature, right?

Roy Blount Jr, president of the Author’s Guild doesn’t think so. Read the rest of this entry »