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will the new kindle paperwhite have text to speech?

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2014 4:20:02 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2014 8:21:21 AM PDT
King Al says:
TTS is not a good resource for learning how to pronounce words --- TTS pronounces a fair number of words incorrectly.

Posted on May 29, 2014 7:59:04 AM PDT
I have the pw kindle but I didn't know it didn't have tts b cuz I wouldn't have bought it after having it on my other kindle I really miss it.i wish they could upgrade it or give a good size discount to trade this one in. Like when you want to know how to pronounce a word tts came in handy since my teen (13)have problems with a word she don't want to find me and ask how to pronounce a word just saying and since this one cost more I just assumed it had tts but we know what they say about assuming

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 3:21:53 PM PST
WakkyWabbit says:
If Amazon wants to make a Paperwhite version with extra stuff on it, that is their option.

However, I love my Paperwhite just the way it is. A simple, well lit, ereader. The best Kindle ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 2:59:30 PM PST
You're welcome.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 2:53:43 PM PST

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 8:03:21 PM PST
That's not so. Kindle Keyboard has TTS and its price has come down considerably.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 7:23:55 PM PST
The problem with this is that you now have to buy a tablet to get the feature which costs more.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 9:31:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 9:36:59 PM PDT
No TTS on the paperwhite is not necessarily a deal-breaker but without it, I'm just going to keep rolling on with my old trusty 1. I have cash ready for when Amazon sees sense.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 4:28:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2012 4:30:00 AM PDT
I know how you feel, Mindwalker. I have a tablet as well (Android), and it's also capable of TTS, so getting a Kindle Fire is superfluous to me. I want TTS on my e-ink e-reader. That's how I prefer reading my books or else I'd have abandoned the kindle for my tablet a long time ago. And the battery life can't be beat when it compared to LCD counterparts. If they don't offer it for future e-ink models, I'll just have to make do with alternative apps on my tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:42:39 PM PDT
Mindwalker says:
I hope they do! They have done a fantastic job with all of the Kindles.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 7:40:41 PM PDT
Mindwalker says:
I should also add that I was just about to hit the "buy" button for two new Kindle Paperwhites until I realized they had dropped that feature. If the Fire has it, that's great - and I may buy one some day - but it would be huge overkill for me to buy one just for that feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:38:23 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
They will most likely come out with a PW model that has audio features in the future, this is the first generation model of the new technology.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:34:34 PM PDT
Mindwalker says:
The Kindle Paperwhite with its built-in light looks really nice. To those of us who also love the text-to-speech feature, however, the fact that it does not include this formerly available feature is a huge letdown. I don't want to have to buy a replacement for my iPad just to be able to get the text-to-speech feature. I personally would be willing to pay slightly more for a version of the PW that had the text-to-speech feature, but if they also offer a version without it that costs less, that's fine with me, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:29:09 PM PDT
It *is* included in the new Fires. It just doesn't *happen* to come on the 1st Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 7:17:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2012 7:19:45 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
What do you mean save it? Just because it is not on one of their models does not mean they are getting rid of it.

The new Fire HD has text to speech, if they were getting rid of it then they would not have added to the tablets.

Every Kindle does not have to have Text to Speech, why should those who do not need or want the audio have to pay for it?

Judging by how popular the PW is there are a lot of people who do not need audio on their reading device.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 7:14:06 PM PDT
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Mindwalker says:
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Posted on Oct 2, 2012 3:16:12 PM PDT
Nikki says:
I was about to purchase this kindle but saw that it did not have text to speech. I refuse to buy one without it. So disappointed!

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 1:44:20 PM PDT
I'm going to have to start treating my Kindle 3 more gently if I won't be able to replace it. Text-to-speech gives me ten extra reading hours a week, and the ancient history books I read will never be recorded by Audible.

I had plans to step up with the Paperwhite to a 3G version. My K3 is WiFi only. But without the text-to-speech it just won't get used.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 5:01:54 PM PDT
Bob says:
Personally, I'm glad that the paperwhite does not support audio, as I'm sure that helped keep the weight and cost down. I listen to audio books on my android phone because it is easier to carry and less fragile than any Kindle. I never used TTS. That said, I'm sorry that people who want TTS and the paperwhite lighting and contrast will not be able get both, at least for now. However, Amazon continues to offer multiple options with TTS.

Everyone would like companies to offer products with exactly the features they want without increasing costs and weight with any features they don't use. The back-order status of the paperwhite suggests that there are lots of people who want a low cost, elegant device focused on reading only, without added hardware for listening, web surfing or watching videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2012 2:39:47 PM PDT
have you read any of the posts in this thread?

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 2:22:23 PM PDT
RTucker says:
Just picked up a Touch in May after my keyboard Kindle died. Was excited to get the new one this fall. Even though my Touch is still kinda new, I wanted the new backlight but there is NO WAY I'm paying money for a device without text to speech. I commute 3 hrs a day and rely heavily on that feature. Hopefully Amazon will listen to all of our complaints and come to their senses and fix this oversight before my Touch dies.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 5:50:56 PM PDT
You can still buy a Kindle Keyboard. It has TTS, as do all the new Fires. It's not as if Amazon no longer supports the feature. Just not on one of the models they carry.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 3:13:53 PM PDT
Dot says:
This was very disappointing to find out that Text to Speech is not available on the Paperwhite. I had assumed it would be. My husband is legally blind and that is such a good feature. I also have a friend who I told about this feature and she was very interested in one because she has glacoma and is losing her sight and also has macular degeneration. I hope you will reconsider in the future because it would help so many people who could use the Text to Speech and enrich their lives. I would rather you had done away with the first ebook that didn't have it and keep the touch for those who can use it and benefit by it.
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