I am not visually disabled, but I have found the TTS feature in my recently deceased 2nd generation Kindle extremely useful and it has become really essential to me. I like to read and listen at the same time. It helps me read faster, longer, and concentrate better. I do have chronic uveitis (inflammation of the inner eye) that makes reading on back-lit screens for long periods difficult and uncomfortable, so the Kindle Fire is not a viable option for people like me and anyway I want to read (and listen) to my e-books outside. (I am accustomed to taking my Kindle everywhere I go.)
I am extremely disappointed that Amazon no longer offers TTS on any of their e-ink readers and I want Amazon to reconsider. If the FCC exempts e-readers from the law does that mean TTS will be permanently gone? Or maybe if the government wasn't trying to force the hand of e-reader manufactures then maybe Amazon would feel freer to include these amenities so important to the disabled community?
I am a true bibliophile. I have a large collection of hard copy books, e-books and audiobooks. I often buy the same title in multiple formats from Amazon. I don't want a backlit tablet. I want a fully functional e-ink e-reader. I want TTS. And I am willing to take my business elsewhere to get it.
The FCC is accepting comments on Amazon's petition through September 3, 2013. (http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id