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Initial post: Dec 22, 2013 2:38:48 PM PST
A. Harley says:
I am looking for a device that will read all books to me. I just purchased the Kindle Fire HD and I could not get it to read the book to me. I want it to be an device that will read any book. Please heelpp!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 2:54:09 PM PST
Not all books can be read using text-to-speech. The publishers make the decision about that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 2:56:01 PM PST
A. Harley says:
What devices may I use with Text to speech?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 2:57:49 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
The problem is not the device. The publisher has to allow TTS for that book.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 2:59:41 PM PST
A. Harley: Check on that book's product page to make sure that it has the line Text to Speech: Enabled in the Specifications section. If not, then no device can read it to you.

What is the title of that book?

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 3:13:22 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
What happens on your HD when you touch More>Accessibility>Voice Guide?

I assume you have the currently available HD, which is the follow-on to the Original Fire/2nd Gen Fire. I have a last year's HD, which has Voice Guide.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 3:21:48 PM PST
B. Marks says:
There are some devices for the blind that will do what you want but I think you have to be legally blind to qualify for them. They'll read any books out loud. I'm not sure if they'll read Kindle books but if you're blind there are a lot of ebooks available. More than are available to sighted people. And at reduced prices or free.

Another thing you might look into is They have books read by professional readers and actors that do a far better job than TTS can hope to do. If you get on one of their plans it's not much more expensive than buying ebooks.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 4:01:00 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
A., the following currently available new from Amazon Kindle models have text-to-speech:

Kindle Fire HDX line
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle DX

There are also older models that have it.

Having listened to TTS (text-to-speech) on Kindles since the Kindle 2, I will say that the Ivona software on the Kindle Fires above is much better than the RealSpeak/Vocalizer which was previously used (and which will be on the Kindle DX).

Publishers have the legal right to block access to text-to-speech, provided that there is a version of the book available which is accessible to those who can certify a print least, that's my understanding of it. I'm not a lawyer, but I have been following this for some time.

If you can certify a print disability, there are other options available to you. Amazon has one that works with a PC (although your subject line makes it sound like you want a smaller device). The information on that is here:

That requires that you have a "screen reader" installed. With that plug-in, you can have access to text-to-speech even if the publisher has blocked the access (but again, I believe you need to be able to certify a print disability).

There are some books which can not be read by typical screen reader software. For example, in a graphic novel or comic book, the words may be part of the images. That makes it a lot more difficult.

If you can certify a print disability, you may want to look at, a non-profit. They have more information on this. I am not associated with that organization.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2013 10:14:16 PM PST
Text To Speech has to be enabled by the author, or publisher...and not all of them do enable it on every edition of every e-book. Amazon subsidiary-does have 'Audible' audio versions of most popular books...for a price. They are, however, different playing a CD, or Digital, version of a song rather than an LP Vinyl, or cassette tape, version of it. There is currently no device that will play audio from any / every e-book ever produced....and there never will be. Besides technological limitations, copyright technicalities, enter into it.'s audio books are recorded-like on tape, or disc-by real people, but are digital, and are played back on a device which has audio capability...such as the Fire HDX. Most e-books cost 1 credit, which usually costs $14.95. does give away free books at Christmas, for your birthday, and during specials. They also offer discounts on credits which bring the price down to $11.95, or even $9.95, at times. My advice is to get a newer Fire-the HDX if you can afford it-and as much memory as you can afford, and an membership, and then to buy as many discount Credit packs as you can afford.

Text To Speech on the newer Fires is better (less robotic, more human-like) than it was on the older Kindle Keyboards, but the real human speech on the books is better still. I'm not sure which Fires (current HD, last year's HD, the Fire from two years ago, etc) have TTS, and which don't, but know that the current HDX does. I rarely use it, however, and play mostly books on my HDX. Browse the book selection at, and see if it looks like anything you would be interested in. If it is, join up. Of course, get a new Fire to play the books on.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 10:19:34 PM PST
Artist says:
If you choose to buy audio books, you don't need a Kindle. Just get an MP3 player, which is a lot less expensive.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2013 5:48:16 AM PST
Paxton says:
This link will give an example of the Ivona voice on the Kindle Fires and include a message from me as well. Press the play button once you get there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2013 1:17:48 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Just to clarify, text to speech works unless the publisher blocks it. That's why you are able to use text to speech with personal documents, which I have done. Amazon uses the term enabled, but that is not a really good description of what is happening.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 6:50:54 PM PST
A. Harley says:
What is the best device to get for TTS?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2013 7:14:42 PM PST
Artist says:
Didn't you READ any of the posts?

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 7:31:51 PM PST
A. Harley says:
Only some of them came up on my phone for some reason. But I can see them now. Thank you!
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