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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 9:42:08 AM PDT
workfree says:
Does Kindle Fire have text-to-speech functionality?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 1:49:47 PM PDT
Great question.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:09:41 PM PDT
Bertalan says:
I've been searching for an answer to this question all day. The answer will decide whether I preorder or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:11:16 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
Have you called kindle CS? They'd be more likely to know than a bunch of customers with the same information you have access to.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:11:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 2:12:18 PM PDT
That would probably be a good question to ask Amazon Customer Service, guys. :) If anyone does, could they share the answer in these forums? (it's not a feature I care much about, so I'll pass on doing it)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:13:51 PM PDT
Meya says:
I pre-ordered one, but would also like to know the answer to this question.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:16:51 PM PDT
I don't think any of the Kindle apps have text-to-speech, and the Fire would be using the Android app.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:17:30 PM PDT
Bertalan says:
Thanks Coleen and Carol, that's not a bad idea. I also think it's important to keep a running tally of how many potential consumers are interested in this feature and how important it is for them. Doing so may influence Amazon's decision to include the feature in future products or develop the feature as a later software addition, whether it has been finalized or not. As an owner of every kindle product from the first generation to the present, it is one of the most important features I look for when shopping for any kindle, and that's why I'm recording my voice here, publicly.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:26:26 PM PDT
M. Bolick says:
I too would only be interested if it offered text-to-speech. Hopefully it will.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:27:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 2:28:14 PM PDT
Looking through the product pages for each of these, some highlight "text to speech" prominently in their lists of features and others don't mention it at all. Judging from that, it appears they break down like this:

- Base Kindle - no TTS
- Kindle Touch - TTS is featured (which is great! I'm glad they included it in the next-generation epaper Kindle)
- Kindle Keyboard - TTS is featured (makes sense since these have it now)
- Kindle Fire - no TTS

I'd like to go on record as someone who finds TTS an essential and very valuable feature. I'm agreeing with Ehrman--my family owns 3 Kindles now, but we won't be buying any Kindles that don't include TTS.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:28:12 PM PDT
Meya says:
I'm one of those who won't call my Fire a Kindle. IMO, it's not a Kindle, it's a tablet.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:30:18 PM PDT
Sandra says:
I bought the kindle 3 wifi and 3G for my Dad who has macular degeneration because he cant see well and it will read for him so now I am curious if any new kindle has this

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:39:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 2:41:38 PM PDT
EPMoto2002 says:
You know the problem with Text-to-Speech is that even "IF" it's supported on the device, whether or not you're "allowed" to use it is up to the individual book publisher! They can and DO disable text-to-speech capability on the majority of ebooks b/c they think it cuts into their audiobooks sales. Interestingly enough, you can download a special visually impaired version of Kindle For PC with Text-To-Speech reading that will read ALL ebooks regardless of publisher restrictions on text-to-speech.

"Because this software is an assistive technology, there are no restrictions on text-to-speech reading."

It's a huge download, over 200mb, because it includes 2 voices (male & female).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200596280

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:40:45 PM PDT
Wanda Sykes says:
I searched the Kindle help support for TTS but none of the new devices are listed except the name changed K3. I sure hope it has TTS as I enjoy listening while driving.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:43:19 PM PDT
I would preorder it now. If you find that you don't want it you can always cancel the order. If you wait, you will be further down the list to get one.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:46:53 PM PDT
Actually, out of 500+ books on my Kindle, I've only found 5 or 6 where TTS was not enabled.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:49:13 PM PDT
Bertalan says:
Thanks for the advice FoundQuilting, but I think I'll wait until I know for sure. My Kindle 3 serves most of my needs. I'd like an additional backlit kindle to read without the overhead light, but it's useless to me if it doesn't have text-to-speech.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:51:13 PM PDT
EPMoto2002 says:
I stand corrected. My apologies. But still, the principle of the matter chafes me. Why does Amazon feel it's ok to discriminate against the blind with their H/W based Kindle readers but not with their S/W based PC eReader apps?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 2:52:22 PM PDT
Bertalan says:
yea, as much as I was worried when they first backed down after threats from the audiobook representatives, I haven't come across any academic or scholarly text that has disabled the feature. Although I have a feeling it is much more prevalent among more popular fiction titles.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 2:53:48 PM PDT
Paxton says:
It's not available on the Kindle apps, but all of those apps are on non-Amazon devices. Maybe since the Fire is Amazon's own piece of hardware, they can pre-install the TTS feature?

I would like to know the answer to this as well - I already did pre-order the Fire, but hope that the TTS is something that can come with it, or be added on in a future firm-ware update.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:46:34 AM PDT
R. Wakefield says:
My wife likes to use the TTS feature on our Kindle while driving. If the Kindle Fire doesn't support TTS I won't be upgrading to it.

*I* read books on the Kindle app for iPad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 8:18:37 AM PDT
Contacted customer service at Amazon.com. I asked if the Kindle Fire will have Text to Speech. This was, in part, the response.

"I'm sorry the text-to-speech isn't available in Kindle Fire."

If that is the case, I will not be purchasing the Kindle Fire. Even though I already had an iPad, I bought the (previous generation) Kindle specifically because it has Text to Speech.

Hopefully enough people will contact customer service and request this crucial function and it becomes included later on. All it takes is a short email message.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 8:28:33 AM PDT
Lauren says:
Thanks for calling them and checking, NMNL. Based on that answer, I will probably NOT order the new Fire. I use the text-to-speech a LOT... anytime I'm reading something that's so good I don't want to stop, I just plug my headphones in and drop my kindle in my pouch, and do whatever it is I need to do, while still listening to whatever I had been reading. So TTS is definitely a HUGE factor as far as I'm concerned. I was planning on ordering the new tablet, but I guess now I'll just stick with my K3, which I'm totally happy with anyway. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 8:38:42 AM PDT
PitBullMom says:
Wow, that is dissapointing. Thank you for finding out. I already own and ipad 1 and the no-Flash issue drives me crazy. I thought the Fire would be the perfect resolution for everything I want. But perfect would only be if it had TTS.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 9:08:32 AM PDT
Bertalan says:
Thanks for checking NMNL. I'm not going to preorder one now either. I have a sad feeling this may be like foreign language dictionaries. Something people want, something that could be implemented easily in the software, but something that they will just refuse to implement. Maybe they want us to buy the kindle touch too. I don't know---I'm happy with my old Kindle 3 for now.
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