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Does the Kindle Fire read to you like the other Kindles??

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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 6:47:35 PM PST
SS says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 6:52:19 PM PST
No, the Fire does not have text-to-speech like most other models of the Kindle do.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 12:49:01 AM PST
T. Redmon says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 1:17:38 AM PST
@T. Redmon: To activate the text-to-speech, open a book and then press the Aa button and then select the relevant option. You can also read about the TTS in the user guide on the Kindle.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 8:39:39 PM PST
sunshine says:
Shame on kindle, publishers and amazon for neglecting people with disabilities. I've had extensive chemo and now have vision problems. I'm disappointed kindle fire doesn't have the text to speech feature. They do not consider those with disabilities to be.part of their targeted customer...only customers that do not rely on any assistance.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 8:45:41 PM PST
There are several Kindles which provide the text to speech option, the Kindle Fire is not one of them. If you need this feature, then a Kindle Keyboard or Kindle Touch would be the Kindle for you.

Amazon is not neglecting or discriminating against people with disabilities. The Kindle Fire runs the Kindle app, as it is an Android based tablet, NONE of the Kindle Apps allow text to speech.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 9:02:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2011 9:02:52 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
The Kindle Fire is a different operating system. You can buy an audible book and then the book will read to you. Just sign up for audible or you can borrow the books from your library. Or you can buy other audiobooks on line. You can put them on your Fire or on an mp3 player.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:10:16 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:48:14 PM PST
sunshine says:
Obviously it is a different operating system, but as an example- ipod started out with itunes and as their technology grew they offered more features in addition to their original product. Kindle led in their ads it was a new and advanced version of what

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 10:58:01 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
I could be mistaken, but I don't believe the ipod reads books to you unless you are listening to an audio book. In MP3 or audible books format? Does iBooks now do text to speech? I admit I haven't been following the issue very closely.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:11:57 PM PST
sunshine says:
I'm sorry, you are right, amazon is probably not associated with my discriminating issue with a feature omitted by the kindle fire tech team. Forgive me for ventinting toward those associated with kindle. There's no mic or camera so as an aneroid it stinks and without the text to speech it stinks as a book/reader. I can't afford to buy another kind of kindle. I work part-time because of my health. And, this was a gift from my two children that saved up to buy me the very best kindle because i love books. They certainly can't buy another.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:19:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2011 11:20:24 PM PST
I understand you are frustrated. Honestly.

Can I ask you if you plan to use the Kindle mainly for reading? If so, you really might consider the Kindle Keyboard or Kindle Touch models, they have Text to Speech, and are cheaper than the Kindle Fire. If you need the other features of the Fire, then my advice is not so great.

E-ink Kindles are preferred by many for reading, as they are not backlit and easier on the eyes.
The price of a 3G Kindle Touch with Special Offers is 139 (so if you returned the Fire you would have 60 dollars for books!) and the Kindle Keyboard with 3G and Special Offer is the same, if you only need wi-fi, price is 99$ plus you have the text to speech feature.

This may be information you already have, but just in case it isn't, I thought I would mention it.

Peace! - Fanny

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 11:36:06 PM PST
Jeweled Onyx says:
@read to me please:
Wow!! Call customer service, tell them your issue and then send it back. You can get a cheaper Kindle than the Fire. You cannot purchase any IPad for a price that isn't more than half again what the Fire costs. Get the $199 back, then shop for another tablet that suits your needs. Seriously, would you be ranting if Ford, who usually has a line of fairly affordable cars comes out with a wonderful little SUV, but it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a Mercedes SUV? It's still, however, a very nice little SUV for the price?! Tell your children you love them dearly, appreciate the gift enormously but it doesn't suit your needs I'm sure they wouldn't want their money wasted on something you can't use and railing at Amazon is not going to make their gift usable for you, at least not this particular release.

Unfortunately the Kindle 4 doesn't have text to speech either. It was the model my husband wanted even though he enjoys listening to books while he commutes. He'd rather just get the occasional audio book than purchase a more expensive Kindle Touch, Keyboard or Fire. I have the Fire and the Keyboard. Text to speech is wasted completely on me., but I understand your concern. Calling it discrimination, on the other hand, is not warranted in the slightest. There are 2, less expensive models that have what you say is the most important feature: text to speech. None of the Kindles have mics or cameras, you didn't miss anything anyone else got due to your disability.You can most certainly use audio books which are available through libraries at no charge to you if you really want to keep the Fire. You can certainly continue to rant about a gift. OTOH, you can do something about it, too and get a device more in keeping with your needs. BTW, M Ratcheson is correct. IPads do not have text to speech either.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 11:46:04 PM PST
sunshine says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 12:21:58 AM PST
sunshine says:
I was giving an example about the ipod not ipad. They offered itunes from the beginning and now have the ipod touch. They didn'nt take away itunes beause they now have apps. So you feel one with true disabilities doesn't deserve the extras and should buy the lesser featured kindle. I have problems with my vision which makes it difficult to read small text and reading is frustrating when the. font is too big because it slows reading too much. Others have bigger disabilities than i, and kindle could've kept that feature in the fire version. There are other sites with unhappy kindle fire customers. I'm not the only complainer here either.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 12:26:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2011 1:06:51 AM PST
When did they get it for you? You have until January 31st to return it (I believe this is true for all the Fires, as they qualified for extended return period from the first day of shipping because Amazon knew so many would be holiday gifts. I know someone who got his on release date and still had until January 31st to return). Your personal info is attached to your account, not the device. If you restored the Fire to factory defaults before you returned it, your information would most definitely NOT be on the device. Amazon is a huge company, they will make sure you are protected.

I really encourage you to contact customer service (they will even call you if you would like - there's a link below I have listed for you) and discuss a return/exchange with them (they will probably have to have to return the item - at their expense, and issue you a credit, then you can purchase the Kindle that would work for you).

It sounds like an e-ink Kindle would be perfect for your needs.

Here's the link I mentioned earlier. Good luck to you!

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 12:35:53 AM PST
Jeweled Onyx says:
@read to me please:

The Kindle Fire was released one day early for shipping and your 30 day return starts the day of receipt, not the day of shipping. Even if your kids got it the first day and held onto it, you can still call Amazon, tell them your situation and let them know you can't use it. I have the Kindle Keyboard: it has internet access and text to speech. Again, I just don't use them at all, except to know they DO work. Amazon CS has been super to us, even with my sister and her Fire lemon...they overnighted a new one that did connect to the internet without issue.

Trust me, I'm not trying to interrupt your rant if that's what you prefer to do; simply offer suggestions I know work. I am disabled myself, I'm grateful my vision is not affected. The Fire does exactly what it is advertised to do and the specs read exactly as printed prior to release of the devise. Barring some minor flaky things that happen with the initial release of any device (the first IPads had a major recall, the IPad 2 had some lemons which needed to be exchanged. My Dell mini 10 netbook was wonky as a weasel until I got the WIN 7 OS upgrade <I still changed it to Jolicoloud when all was said and done> Minor bugs do not stop the release of a device who's time has come. Kindle has has sold more Fires nationwide since it's initial release than IPads sold internationally since the IPad2 was's not going away. It has yet to go global and this is the first release. It's already left the Nook in the dust in sales figues. No one was mislead about the Fire, LOL! People simply did not listen or read or apparently didn't understand what they were buying prior to hitting the submit button. For all that, people still had 30 days to try and return.

There may be a lot of disappointed Kindle users; there are way more happy ones. With one desktop, 3 laptops, 1 net book , 2 smartphones, the Fire and Kindle Keyboard and a new $79 SO Kindle around the house, I knew absolutely what this thing would and wouldn't do and what it could and couldn't do well before I pre-ordered the device. There really were no surprises in the box for me about it's capabilities, etc. If I'd wanted an IPad or any other device I could have purchased it. I got what I ordered and what I wanted in the Fire. Nope, don't work for Amazon either; I work in the fashion industry, but I love my tech toys. Money notwithstanding, if I did't want the Fire, I'd put it on craigslist, send it back to Amazon , donate it to charity or throw it in the trash, but I certainly wouldn't hold on to it and I wouldn't complain to other consumers....we offer suugestions and sympathy. Amazon can offer you empathy and action.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 12:43:58 AM PST
Nobody says you're the only complainer here. People are trying to help you find a solution to your problem. You can probably return the Fire for a Kindle that does have text to speech, as Fanny suggested. Or you can get the Fire to read you books if you buy them as mp3s or through Audible.

Your children would not have been able to buy you a device that does all the things the Fire does and have a camera and microphone without spending quite a bit more money. I don't see how your disability has anything to do with that. I'm also disabled and I don't think anyone owes me the equivalent of an iPad for $200.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 1:05:41 AM PST
sunshine says:
Thank you for your support. I appreciate you're kind words in the midst of my dissapointmnt and frustration. The ads should really clarify the fire is an android not what most people assume it to be, a book/reader with a whole lot more. It wouldn't hurt if they sent out teams to educate salesman that mislead customers too. Unfortunately, if this goes back to the store i will not be a kindle customer. There are less audio books to choose from, but will go that route with another book/ reader company. I'll have a better selection via the library, and will still have the ability to use kindle apps for free. Thank you again for your guidance.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 1:08:29 AM PST
I wish I could offer more than kind words and understanding.

I hope it all works out for you in the end. Again, good luck to you!


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 1:37:26 AM PST
sunshine says:
You should read what i really said about the mic and camera. I don't care about those features. I said kindle lost it's niche as a reader, but jumped the band wagon to be a wanna be android. As far as my asking for special things because of a disability I'm not. Kindle offered the text to speech in lesser model. I was only saying it's a disappointment to some of us that would benefit from it. Kindle doesn'nt hold a candle to the i pad even if the text to speech was included. It's a $200 android!

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 2:01:19 AM PST
Jeweled Onyx says:
Good luck with finding what you want. Your statement "I said kindle lost it's niche as a reader, but jumped the band wagon to be a wanna be android." simply isn't true. The Kindle was and is still the most popular ereader on the market. It IS an Android running a proprietary version of IOS Gingerbread. It's not an $800 IPad, it's not even trying to be, certainly not for the price. OTOH, one of the biggest problems with the IPad is the fact that it IS an $800 tablet. There are fully featured tablets for $69 on sale, everywhere, but they don't have e-ink technology. Every device has features that appeal and drawbacks which detract. The only issue is reading up on and then deciding what it is you want the device to do. That doesn't mean the Kindle was misrepresented in any way, it doesn't mean the IPad will be cheaper in the morning and it doesn't mean a fully featured Android tablet for less that $100 will perform with stability. It actually sounds like you would be better off with a net book. Theyr're in the $200 price range, have text to speech and other features for those with vision and/or hearing challenges. They're small, lightweight and now have the speed the earlier ones lacked.

Everyone has been attempting to throw out solutions to help alleviate your disappointment. You were gifted a $200 android tablet. Most of us know Amazon CS will take care of you if you want something else they offer, up to and including your money back. It really doesn't matter what you thought the Fire would be. It is what it is. If it's not what you want, I hope it works out for you in the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 9:43:53 AM PST
apriljeff says:
I've also had extensive chemo and have some vision problems. Make the font bigger and put it in landscape mode. Actually reading and doing other things using your brain matter is very good for getting your brain working again after the chemo. I know, because I couldn't read anything and understand it. I couldn't watch my tv shows that I loved. I started doing things on computer and moved up to kindle and finally, I've read an actual paper book, first time in 3 years! Just listening to the robotic voice on a kindle is boring and requires no mental workout at all. I've had an ipod touch for years....If you want to be read to, pay 30 bucks a pop for books...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 9:55:43 AM PST
**Meya** says:
You have many options available to you. Amazon will most likely trip over themselves to try and help you. If you refuse to allow them to help you, you can continue to moan about it.

The Kindle Keyboard with 3G/WiFi would be a great reader for you, if you could pry open your closed attitude and have Amazon make the exchange for you. There is no need to fear using your credit card...your kids used theirs when they bought you the Fire. Do you think they were foolish to do so?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 2:08:48 PM PST
sunshine says:
The kindle fire was paid for with cash at a local store. My kids don't have a credit card, as they'still in school- 11 years old an
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