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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:30:24 AM PDT
M. Collins says:
I also would like to know if the Fire reads to you as I am a professional driver and would like that. But only if it is not a computer generated voice and more like the voice that you will get with regular audio books

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 9:51:04 AM PDT
Nancy says:
Can Kindle Fire be read on the beach or other outdoor locale?
Does it do whatever an IPOD would do?
Does it have a text to voice capability or is that feature located in the particular book ?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 9:56:14 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
M. Collins, we don't know for a fact that the Fire has text-to-speech, but if it does it will be a computer generated synthetic voice necause, well, that's how TTS works.

It's not completely horrible, though. There are a number of demos on YouTube -- search for: Kindle 3 text to speech demo

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 10:00:04 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Nancy, the Fire is going to be subject to glare, like a smartphone or computer screen.

It is sort of like an Amazon iPod with a larger screen, but with no camera, microphone, docking connector, gyroscope, available HDMI output, etc.

It will play audiobooks such as those you can buy from Audible. See above re TTS.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 10:00:22 AM PDT
There are no consumer devices that can take a book, or any other text, and render it in a normal speaking voice. It takes a voice actor to do that well. Check out - I think you'll find what you want. I use it every day for my drive to work.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 10:23:14 AM PDT
Nancy says:
Thank you.
Will I be able to download to Fire the podcasts I subscribe to on ITunes? My entire ITunes library?
Does the anti-glare protective shied accessory that Amazon offers make it possible to read the Kindle outdoors?
And finally, can the Fire be read in a dark room?

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 10:37:00 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
You won't be able to integrate iTunes withthe Fire or download from iTunes to the Fire directly. You will be able to copy music or podcasts that are DRM-free MP3 or AAC files to the Fire or to the Amazon Cloud.

If reading outdoors is very important to you, consider a regular E-ink Kindle for that. But no one can answer your question about filters until we have Fires in our hands.

Yes, the Fire is a backlit LCD display, just like a smartphone.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 11:43:40 AM PDT
JimF says:
Re: Mirroring. I saw the Bezos demo of mirroring from the Fire to a TV, but couldn't find any specifics on Amazon's site. In other words, you can stream a movie from Amazon Instant Video to the Fire and send it wirelessly to your TV. But details are unclear.

Does anyone know: Does this require either a Roku or a new TV with Amazon software built it, or will Amazon offer a simpler, wireless modem connection?

What video quality does mirroring provide? (Example: Streaming from an iPad 2 to Apple TV is limited to 720p, but looks pretty good, however "mirroring" the display runs at much lower resolution IMHO).


Posted on Oct 23, 2011 11:47:00 AM PDT
bookfinder says:
It is similar to the ipad screen, but you can dim the brightness if it bothers you, and then it will be like a basic kindle almost...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 3:08:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011 3:09:15 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Jim, that wasn't mirroring... or, rather, they had jury-rigged Bezos' Fire so that it could mirror to the projector (you can see the added wiring if you look closely at the video when he moves his Fire onto the lectern), but mirroring is not a feature of the Fire. He was discussing syncing, where you can use your Amazon-capable streaming device (eg Roku box) to pick up your place on a movie that you start watching on your Fire.

The Fire has no video outputs and no mirroring.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 3:19:45 PM PDT
JimF says:
@Clark. Not arguing, but the press reported that Bezos not only demonstrated mirroring, but dissed Apple by pointing out it didn't support mirroring yet but the Fire would (iPad 2 does as of, what, last week?).

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 3:34:29 PM PDT
tdub says:
Anyone know if the Fire will be able to sync with a tv and allow you to stream the amazon prime movies and content on the tv? One picture shows it with the whispersync, but does that mean I still need to get one of the amazon instant video compatible tv's?

Kinda new to the idea of streaming wireless movies to the tv, have always generally just watched them thru the dvd player, or moved my laptop to the tv. Looking for somethign simpler and for the baby room. ..


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 5:11:51 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
That did not happen. The video is available on YouTube if you want to watch it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 5:13:30 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
tdub, excuse my snark but geez, I answered your question in the post right before yours.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 5:19:25 PM PDT
will i be able to use the fire for writing papers and taking notes for school?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 5:24:47 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
You can but you probably won't enjoy it much.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 5:27:37 PM PDT
but it has to come out with the ability to use a keyboard and transfer to a regular computer, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 7:35:14 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
It's a small screen that will be significantly obscured by the virtual keyboard. Fine for writing a quick note or an email, less so for trying to write a paper. There are a lot of 7" tablets out there; you should go to a store and try typing on one.

I'm sure you'll be able to move documents onto and off of the Fire and edit them in compatible word processing apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 11:05:16 AM PDT
JimF says:
@Clark. Interesting. Thanks for your feedback. Again, I'm not disagreeing with you, but just FYI here are some of the press reports. Maybe the media confused WhisperSync with mirroring, but I haven't seen any corrections either. Thanks again.

Information Week.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also demonstrated how you can wirelessly mirroring Kindle Fire content to a TV (Apple's iOS 5 will support this via AirPlay). Amazon's mirroring will work with any internet connected TV, or a device like a Roku box, and it is tied to the Amazon Prime service.

"It Has Both Wireless Mirroring And Native Streaming Media

"Granted, the upcoming update to Apple's mobile operating system iOS 5 will add wireless mirroring (the ability to transmit what is on your screen onto a connected TV or monitor without an accessory), but juuuust in case: Bezos showed off the Kindle Fire's wireless mirroring at his keynote, and it looked pretty good. Add to that the option to add on Amazon Prime for Amazon's streaming library, and you have a pretty powerful home entertainment hub that doesn't require third-party apps or on-demand purchasing of video media"

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 11:36:39 AM PDT
If you have a Roku or an internet connected TV, why do you need to mirror? You can just access your content, at least that purchased from Amazon, direct.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 11:46:59 AM PDT
JimF says:
Yeah, just watched the YouTube of the full Bezos demo, not the excerpt, and R. Clark you're right. Journalists apparently just made up mirroring. Thanks.

@Cliffs. Yup, if you have a TV with built in Amazon software (not just internet connected, apparently) or some of the Roku boxes, mirroring would work for some music and video, and that covers most uses.

Why would I or anyone else care about mirroring? Travel, presentations, personally-created video, Pandora, games ...

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 12:04:18 PM PDT
Is this only going to work in wi Fi places or is it like the Kindle 3g where you can pick up cell phone service for the kindle

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 12:21:11 PM PDT
D. Freed says:
I'm new to all of this, including Kindles, Ipods and tablets (I have been hiding under a rock, or something!)

I'm wondering about playing music: will the Fire be able to connect to a dock or stereo system so you can listen without headphones (I assume it allows headphones).

This may be pretty simple, but does it allow you to keep your books on the device so you don't always have to be online?

And does it let you decide to be online or not, or are you always connected?

Best, David

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 12:29:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2011 12:33:49 PM PDT
David have you even visited the Fire Web page? Or watch the many videos available on You tube?

Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 12:33:00 PM PDT
D. Freed says:
Ah, just found the answer about the music: "3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers." And I assume since it says it can store thousands of books, that you don't need to be online to view them.

I didn't find the answer to the question about internet connection however: whether you have the choice to turn the connection on and off? Best, David
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