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Text-to-Speech no longer a feature in the new kindles (including Paperwhite)


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Initial post: Sep 15, 2012 12:26:31 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers

FYI- I've been told that NONE of the newest kindles have text-to-speech. I've recently become a huge fan of the Kindle Touch, mostly because of the T-T-S feature, and after showing my friends, peers, and fellow students how useful T-T-S is, many of them either started using it or finally decided to buy one.

Now I've been eagerly waiting to buy the new Paperwhite only to find it lacks the most important feature to me. Why would Amazon pull T-T-S? I'm sure many Kindle users have gotten used to it, and regularly use it. Now the Paperwhite comes out without that component, so what would motivate someone like me to bother upgrading? I'll just go spend my money on a Samsung or the Nexus tablet where I can download T-T-S software for free and use that to read on.

So long Kindle. It was fun.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 12:28:06 AM PDT
Hawkeye says:
Kindle fire hds have tts and it is improved.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:30:15 AM PDT
Told? By whom? Did you consider actually looking for yourself? Of the five new models just introduced, four have TTS. Only the Paperwhite does not, and that's because it has no audio whatsoever. We assume it's just the first of a new line of Paperwhite based models, although Amazon does not pre-announce future plans.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:34:29 AM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
Text-to-Speech is also available on Kindle Fires. And since you apparently don't care about the new high-resolution "paperwhite" display, TTS is also available on the Kindle Keyboard 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:38:48 AM PDT
The new Fire HD tablets have TTS. Actually no other tablets in the world have TTS except for the Fire HD for mainstream books. The apps that allow TTS on Samsung and Nexus tablets don't work for Amazon or mainstream books. Basically, you will only find public domain, fan fiction and some self-pub books available on Samsung and Nexus.

You were told wrong it seems.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:44:23 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Was just told by "Parvaru" (sp) an amazon associate that the new HDS will not have tts for book reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:48:44 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
well, he/she's obviously not read the product page:

Read-to-Me
With Text-to-Speech, Kindle Fire can read English-language content out loud to you, when available from the publisher

copied that directly from here: Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 2nd)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:49:18 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:52:39 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Where did I say I didn't care about the PW display? Whats that they say about assuming?!? Thats the only reason I bothered looking into the newest kindle. Keyboard didn't do anything for me, so I got the Touch. But when I saw the PW I thought a lighted screen upgrade would be nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:54:41 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
heh!

they can be a big help, but sometimes not (as you've just experienced) - you might first ask here as a lot of people have already received theirs and often are a better source of information (as you did) concerning what they can and can't do (paperwhites haven't shipped yet)

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 12:55:48 AM PDT
You could have asked here instead of going into a rant.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:56:29 AM PDT
King Al says:
There are legitimate reasons for streaming music from your library. The most obvious one is if your music library is much larger than the storage capacity of your Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:58:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 1:00:28 AM PDT
Actaully, no, the new Fires will NOT have TTS as it is in its current form on older model Kindles. The Fires will have Whispersync for Voice, and Immersion Reading, both of which cost up to $4 per book (if it's available at all) in order to have your Kindle books read to you on the new Fires. See here: http://kindlenationdaily.com/2012/09/what-about-tts-collections-on-the-new-kindles/, and then clink on the links to read about these two new features. :)

Edit to add that I was wondering why Amazon would ever offer free TTS on its Android tablets when Android is driven by app purchases. Now I see that Amazon was smart enough to decide to profit off of the TTS functionality by offering it as a paid "option" instead of a freebie.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 12:59:35 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Hmm... I got TTS to work on three recent books on my phone and a friends tablet. Downloaded a few different TTS apps. I think it was SVOX. It worked on my copy of Hitchikers Guide, and Foundation, and his copy of some Asimov book. Though I don't get all my books though Amazon so maybe thats the issue?

Anyway, if the new HD kindle does indeed have TTS...then yes I was told wrong by TWO AMAZON ASSOCIATES. Don't shoot the messenger.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:00:48 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
repeating from the product page:

Read-to-Me
With Text-to-Speech, Kindle Fire can read English-language content out loud to you, when available from the publisher

and here's instructions on how to turn it on: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_201009460_listening?nodeId=201009460#listening

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:03:03 AM PDT
Bryan - You are incorrect. I have my new Fire HD in my hand and can tell you that it most definitely has text-to-speech.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:05:12 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
I saw that too, but when I went looking for that info in the comparison chart. It wasn't listed. So I thought I'd ask a human being, just to be sure. Hm...guess I'll wait to see a working model in the store. But honestly I was more likely to get the Paperwhite than a FireHD, until I heard it didn't have TTS that is.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:10:22 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
True... I like to be a pre-informed buyer (I don't like making returns) and until someone says, " I have a PW/FireHD/Fire2Gen and it does TTS" I'm gonna be skeptical. And if Amazon can't get their humans to give proper info, what does that say about the website?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:12:06 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Pineapple just said it does and I happen to know she received hers yesterday

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:12:16 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Paperwhite won't have TTS.. which was what I was ultimately looking into buying. After getting mix information, and supposed confirmation, I decided to share that info, and add some commentary. Is that a crime?

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:13:00 AM PDT
Android apps only have free TTS for a limited set of books, mostly public domain.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:15:16 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Thats not the point I was trying to make. Can you stream? Sure you can. Can you stream on a Paperwhite? Apparently so. Would you stream music while your trying to read on your Paperwhite? Why would you?!? Say goodbye to the 8 week charge if you do.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:15:55 AM PDT
You were giving out invalid info.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 1:17:01 AM PDT
Now you're just nitpicking and trolling.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 1:18:55 AM PDT
coyotebilly says:
Thanks for the info Pineapple!. Finally user HELP. Now I'll cross my fingers someone gets a PW and can tell me the same thing!
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