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Can the kindle fire read books to the read as they follow along?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2015 6:28:19 PM PST
Yes, they do now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2015 6:01:44 PM PST
Does kindle fire have books that you can listen and follow along

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2013 11:16:37 AM PST

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 12:38:24 PM PDT
I returned my first Amazon Fire because the store guy lied: it does NOT have TTS. BUT, I publish my children's books on Kindle Publishing, so I need the Fire to use at book readings and book fairs. I bought my 2nd Fire in good faith that Kindle will come to its senses and make this an upgrade software. See, if Adopbe can add "Read aloud" to its latest version, why is it so blooming hard to add it to an android like Fire?

Finally, as a footnote: I am legally blind with no central vision in either eye. I read corss-eyed through one lite opening in my retina. One cannot read with peripheral vision, you know! So, Amazon, PLEASE add TTS soon!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 7:15:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 24, 2012 7:16:14 AM PDT
Russ says:
I'll never understand the stupidity of some people who demand everything from a simple little piece of technology. Amazon designed the Fire to keep it's selling price under $200 but everyone wants things that needs to be wired in: camera, microphone, tts and 3G service. This would increase the cost beyond it's selling cost.

If you want the sophisticated TTS, it would have to be hard wired in, which it isn't. In case you failed to notice it's not listed as a feature on the product page. Instead of belittling the developers, design one yourself and see how it works out for you. I bet you wouldn't find that too easy, RIGHT??

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 5:49:03 AM PDT
crows says:
What good is Pico if you can't use it on kindle books.
The whole idea is Kindle reader, I would think that would include TTS on the Fire.
I'm never cease to be amazed at the stupidity of developers.
You can use the middle of the road device as a TTS.
But the top of the line device is mute as a old rock.Why does Amazon not just offer an App to make the Fire read aloud ?
Ohh, That would be to easy , Right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 10:47:39 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There is also another app that has text to speech if you have books in PDF format. ezPDF Reader

Posted on May 26, 2012 10:33:59 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Yes, the Kindle Fire has text-to-speech...although it isn't as sophisticated as the text-to-speech Amazon paid to license on some other models. I use it just about every workday on my commute.

Here's how it breaks down:

Kindle 2, Kindle DX: RealSpeak (licensed from Nuance, the people who make DragonNaturally Speaking)

Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch: Vocalizer (the updated software from Nuance)

Kindle 1, Kindle (the $79/$109 model): no text-to-speech

Kindle Fire: Pico (used on Android devices)

The biggest negative to Pico is that it can't be used with Kindle store books. I use it with books in text format from Project Gutenberg.

You also need to use another app to access it. I've used several, but for books, my preference is Droid Talker. It doesn't have a lot of features, but it is free and it does work. :) I am not associated with that app except as a user.

That said, we have seen some indicators that something new is coming for the Fire regarding TTS, and I suspect it will work with Kindle store books,although I'm just guessing. One of the main indicators is an app that appeared in a recent update called TTS Service. It doesn't appear to do anything yet, but may be part of future functionality.

Janetta, if you bought your Kindle Fire within the past thirty days, you can return it for a refund. My guess is that we are going to have new tablets (and at least one RSK...Reflective Screen Kindle) announced by Amazon before the end of the summer, but I'm just guessing. I think we are likely to continue to see updates for the Fire, and one of those might include TTS.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 10:16:36 AM PDT
NavyMom says:
That is disappointing. I really wish I had just stuck with my old Kindle and not purchased the Kindle Fire. It isn't worth it to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2011 2:08:03 PM PST
 nospin  says:
The Kindle Fire does not have Text to Speech.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 2:06:54 PM PST
Cita says:
Still can't find TTS feature. Is there not one? Disappointing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 5:54:31 PM PST
michelemabelle, considering how popular TTS is in Amazon's other Kindle (e-ink) devices, if the Fire came with built-in Text-to-Speech, similar to the other Kindles, I have no doubts that Amazon would have prominently advertised that fact on the Fire's product page. As it is, there is no such proclamation of the Fire having TTS ability on its product page unfortunately.

This doesn't mean that Amazon might not add TTS ability to the Fire's Kindle application at some point down the road (if that's even possible to do with an Android application). Also, there are a few TTS applications in Amazon's Android app store that "claim" to offer the ability to read your e-books on your Android device. Provided these apps work according to their claims, and provided that they will work on the Fire, this would be another option for having TTS for e-books on the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 5:27:12 PM PST
 nospin  says:
The feature is called Text to Speech (TTS). There have been conflicting reports as to whether the Fire will have this feature. It is probably best to wait until next week when people have it in their hands and can report back before ordering.

Initial post: Nov 6, 2011 5:03:17 PM PST
Does the kindle fire read the books to a reader as they follow along as the older models do? I can't find info on this. I want to purchase it for a struggling middle school student. Any info you could provide would be helpful. Thanks
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