Report from protest for blind rights at Authors Guild yesterday


5 Responses to “Report from protest for blind rights at Authors Guild yesterday”

  1. Uncle_Max says:

    I still don’t get how publishers think this will decrease the audience for audiobooks. Audiobooks have dramatic readings by (generally) excellent speakers. The Kindle just uses a robo-voice to read things. There is the whole “future technology will replicate human speech” argument, but I really don’t see that as a major concern.

    What they’re doing now by trying to eliminate this feature is just cutting down on the potential market for their books.

  2. legotech says:

    Do we know the authors that support this idiocy? I for one would like to know which books not to buy. (print or electronic)

  3. Waterlilygirl says:

    I have a Kindle 2… The text to speech is not pleasant to listen to (although the female voice seems to be a bit better than the male). The computer voice doesn’t always pronounce words correctly which can be a little distracting. It’s an absurd fight over nothing. Audio Book listeners will continue to listen to Audio Books. I doubt they’d cough up the $359.00 to listen to a generic, synthetic voice when they can do what my mother does and check them out of the library for free.

  4. Gilbert Wham says:

    I’m still unsure as to how people capable of enough structured thought to write, presumably, at least one book thought it would be a good idea to publicly be jerks to blind people. I mean, how does that idea even fly?

  5. Kathy L says:

    The key here, I think, is to vote with our feet. Find out before you buy a Kindle version of a book if it has text-to-speech enabled or disabled. If it’s disabled, don’t buy it. Buy ONLY Kindle books that haven’t insisted on gimping the reasonable capabilities of the device you purchased. If the text-to-speech enabled books far outsell the gimped ones, that hits them in the only place that matters. The bottom line.

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