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Does the new Kindle have text-to-speech?


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Initial post: Oct 15, 2012 3:54:44 PM PDT
Does the new Kindle have text-to-speech?

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 3:56:32 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Which new Kindle? The Paperwhite does not have speakers or headphone jack so has no audio capabilities at all. The Fire HD does have Text to Speech.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 3:56:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2012 3:58:36 PM PDT
Paperwhite and $69 Kindle don't have it. Kindle Fire (all models) have it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 3:56:50 PM PDT
Cynthia, the new Fire models have TTS. The Paperwhite does not have speakers, so it has no audio capabilities. The Kindle Keyboard also offers TTS.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 2:01:10 PM PDT
The first generation Kindle Fire does NOT have text-to-speech (and still doesn't - no software update fixed that).
Also note that when you have text to speech, you need to confirm the book you are buying has that feature enabled. It's impacted my purchasing decisions many times to avoid books that disable the feature. This allows them to sell you the book again via audiobooks if you are sufficiently interested to hear it as well as see it. That said, if there are ten nearly-identical books on a subject, why get ones where the feature is disabled?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 2:16:37 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 29, 2013 2:25:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2013 2:27:47 PM PDT
Same here. I tried the TTS in the car and couldn't follow what was going on in the book. I've used it a few times at the gym, when running on the treadmill makes reading all but impossible, but I'm in the middle of a really good book.

But audio books for me are far better. I understand why a lot of people like the TTS, but it's just not for me.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 3:00:41 PM PDT
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Posted on May 10, 2013 10:55:55 AM PDT
None of you are thinking past your own needs . The text to speech feature is a great rehabilitation tool for anyone who has had a stroke with remaining reading problems. Also it is invaluable as an aid to anyone with a reading problem. Some of the reasons are: the page turns itself so you don't get lost. Also you can control the speed, the size of the font, the no of words per line. Audio books don' offer any of these features . Need I say more! It is wonderful-every therapist should be able to use it as a tool

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:01:57 AM PDT
Text.To.Speech.*IS*.Still.Available.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:02:44 AM PDT
Or maybe you're just mistaken in that some of us do have those problems and more, but don't hold Amazon liable to fill our every need and desire.

Feel free to judge the rest of us, or to, you know, actually send feedback to Amazon instead of perpetuating an issue here which none of us can do a darn thing about.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:03:27 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:04:15 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
so people who need it can get a Kindle Fire which has text to speech

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:06:44 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:07:04 AM PDT
When I purchase an electronic gadget, I never think beyond my own needs. I want a device that works for me, not 3% of the population.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:07:39 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:08:22 AM PDT
The Kindle is not designed as a medical aid. It is an e-ink reader. If it can be of assistance to those with medical problems, so much the better. That does not place an obligation on Amazon to make sure that EVERY model of the Kindle can accommodate EVERY possibility.

There are models of the Kindle that provide tts. There are others that do not. Why should I be required to pay for additional features I will not use, because someone else does want/need them? That is the very reason there are multiple versions of the Kindle. Choose the one that meets your needs. Don't demand that everyone make the same choices.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 11:47:43 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013 2:09:35 PM PDT
I don't think anyone was demanding that everyone make the same choices. Text-to-speech is useful for some people. It doesn't hurt the people who don't use it to have it available.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013 2:18:27 PM PDT
If they take the basic Kindle and add a 1-oz speaker, that increases the weight by 17%. It would also add to the cost. There's no reason to do that for those of us who just want to read.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 2:21:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2013 2:23:01 PM PDT
Evidently, the tts option is like the DX model. More of a niche "need" than one that is wanted by large numbers of users.

Amazon has price points they want to hit. The increased cost and weight was enough to have tts excluded from the Paperwhites. It means adding a speaker, headphone plug, and the components that make it work. That means a reworked case. Meaning screeching from users because the new Paperwhite didn't fit the covers they bought for the first gen model.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2013 2:24:57 PM PDT
I think you're right - it's very much like the DX. Those who love it really, really love it. The rest of us have other priorities. If enough people ask for tts on an e-ink reader, it will probably happen. I would be surprised if it doesn't. That does not alter the fact that a very large portion of Kindle users don't care about tts and are going to buy the devices that have features they will actually use.
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