Ok, I was upset when my Kindle Fire did not have text-to-speech capabilities. I admit it. Particularly when I found that almost all of the discussion boards on here were full of people saying that those of us who complained were idiots for not looking. Personally I still maintain that looking for a feature that (at the time) EVERY other "lower end" Kindle device had is like having to check the sales description on a Ferrari (or any other luxury car) and make sure that it has automatic windows. Anyway, that is in the past. Now we're getting the news brief on the next generation of Kindles and Fires.
This time I looked. Once again the Kindle descriptions don't indicate whether there is text to speech or not. However, a careful reader will find that the new Kindles no longer have speakers (and thus no text-to-speech). The new Fire page states nothing about text-to-speech, so I must assume that it also still does not have text-to-speech capabilities. Thus leaving the only Kindle currently being sold through Amazon with such capabilities the OLD generation Kindle Keyboard style. (Which I have to assume is going to end up discontinued at some point soon given its age.)
Considering that Amazon had to fight (and win) the legal issues over text-to-speech in the first place I find myself amazed that they have chosen to - apparently - scrap the whole feature. What happened, Amazon? Why did you decide this wasn't a worthy feature? Was there a customer survey that I missed where you asked how many people used this feature? Is it too costly? (Because I'd have gladly paid, within reason, for an app on my Fire if I'd had that choice.) Do you simply not want to fight with the legal issues any more? Please explain this to me.
Is there anyone else out there who would very much like to see this feature make a comeback?
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