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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 9:34:06 AM PDT
Does the Kindle fire have text to speech

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 6:34:41 AM PDT
Susan says:
Yes, I'd also like to know this. Text-to-speech feature rules!

The Fire must have text to speech or I won't buy it despite it's other features.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 2:22:04 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
I just saw in another thread that Amazon CS confirmed the Fire does NOT have TTS. It comes with the Kindle app for Android pre-installed, and none of the apps support TTS.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 2:23:04 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
MamaSylvia, that's interesting: I spoke to Kindle Customer Service earlier today, and they said the Fire did have text-to-speech...situation unresolved, I guess.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 5:21:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 5:24:26 PM PDT
I am interested in buying the kindle fire, But if it does not have tts I'm not buying it.
My eye are not as good as when I was younger.
Does anyone know of a device that i can buy that is good quality for tts

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 5:24:18 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Margo, tts isn't the same as an audio book. The Kindle Keyboard (K3) and the Kindle Touch both have tts, as long as it is not disabled on the book. All of the models except the $79 basic model can use Audio Books. It (the $79 model) has no speakers.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 5:28:37 PM PDT
Thanks Amelio, There are so many books I would like that don't have audio books and the ones
that do can get quite expensive. The kindle would be much cheaper if the audio quality is good.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 5:45:53 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Text To Speech is nothing like listening to a real audio book, but it is ok at times. TTS will not work on the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 5:52:27 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Margo, I listen to text-to-speech for hours a week in the car, typically, but many people don't like it.

You have thirty days to return your Kindle, so you can try it out and see if you like it. That works very well in the USA, where the return postage is only a few dollars.

There are two voices and three speeds, so six variations. I like it on the male voice at the fastest speed, but I've heard other people say they like other combinations.

You can find quite a few clips on YouTube, but you do want to get one that says it is for a Kindle 3. Amazon licensed an upgraded version of the software for that device (now called a Kindle Keyboard).

Here is a short example:


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 5:53:15 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Amelio, I was told specifically by Kindle Customer Service today that text-to-speech will be available on the Kindle Fire, but I know people have also been told otherwise. I guess we need to wait and see a bit.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 6:48:04 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
Bufo, I don't see how they COULD offer TTS on the Fire unless they totally revamp the K4Android app, since that is what the Kindle Fire will have. Of course, people have been complaining that the Kindle apps should have TTS capability for as long as I've had a Kindle, so maybe that is what they are planning.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 7:07:17 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
MamaSylvia, the text-to-speech on the Kindle is a program created by Nuance (the people who make DragonNaturally Speaking). They already make a text-to-speech for Waze, which is an Android app. A company called Code Factory makes a Mobile Accessibility suite...which I believe includes Vocalizer (that's the TTS on the Kindle 3).


I don't think that means Amazon can just stick it in the Kindle for Android app...my intuition is that it's quite large and resource intensive. However, it could conceivably be built to work with a specific OS...as would be the case with the Fire.

I"m not an expert on this stuff, but that's what I'm thinking is a possibility.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 8:18:02 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Where is this assumption that the Fire simply uses the Kindle Android app coming from? Amazon doesn't say that. In fact, they seem to be carefully silent on the whole question of how the Fire implements its Kindle functionality.

It could just as easily be part of the firmware, as it is on the Nook Color, which would make it more than possible to implement TTS. Or it could be a custom app designed specifically for the Fire. My guess is that it's one of thes, but it hasn't been feature-locked yes, so Amazon is not announcing anything. I think it could easily support TTS, and even XRay, if not at release then somwhere down the line through a firmware update.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 8:37:25 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
I believe it was discussed in the interview with the Amazon official in another thread on here.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 9:29:07 PM PDT
R. Clark - I emailed them about this yesterday and put up a post this morning and it quickly disappeared into the swamp. They make it sound like it's an app.
Here are the emails:

My email:
My question concerns the Fire. Since this is an Android based device will the e-reader be an Android app or will there be actual Kindle software on it? By that I mean will I still be able to use Collections and Text-to-Speech? It wasn't made clear if this was an actual Kindle device (which its name implies) or if it would just run an app.

Their reply:
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on Kindle! Kindle Fire is a convenient, portable tablet with the ability to wirelessly download full color versions of books, newspapers, magazines and blogs. Kindle Fire also allows you to wirelessly stream and play videos, apps and MP3's stored on your Amazon.com account or Amazon Cloud Drive. Web-browsing with our Amazon Silk browser and with our built-in e-mail app allow you to instantly access information.
We want Kindle Fire to be completely mobile and simple to use for everyone, so we made it wireless. Kindle Fire connects wirelessly using Wi-Fi connectivity.
However, it runs on an Android OS, with a Kindle for Android pre-installed in it. Hence, it has the collections feature, but does not have the Text-To-Speech function available (as in the general Kindle for Android application).
I hope this was helpful in resolving your query.
Thanks for your interest in Kindle! Thank you for your recent inquiry. Best regards, Pratyusha EAmazon.com
Your feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 9:43:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 9:47:20 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
I went back and read the interview at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2016348867_brieramazonqa29.html and saw nothing about this. He did talk about a new PDF reader for the Fire, though, and also noted that the Fire software will be frequently updated (which suggests to me that they may not consider it to be quite finished).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 9:45:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 9:49:21 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
That's an interesting answer, Pineapple, since I'm pretty sure the Kindle App for Android does not support Collections at this time. So perhaps this is a surprise announcement of an update to the Android app. Or a clue that the app on the Fire is Fire-specific. Or that CS really doesn't have any unreleased information, and is trying to figure out what the info that *has* been released actually means, just like we are.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 10:03:53 PM PDT
R. Clark - That's my take on it, too. I think it might be a "souped up" Fire specific Android app. I updated my Android phone last night because I was surprised by his Collections answer. I thought they may have added it and I hadn't noticed. I still don't have them and I actually like the old version of my app better than the new one.
I wish they would have just called it the Amazon Fire because it's not really a Kindle if it's an app. JMHO.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 11:16:37 AM PDT
hinds says:
does the fire have text to speech or not. there seems to be some confusion. If you download audiobooks, will you be able to hear the read on the fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 11:20:24 AM PDT
hinds: i think it is absolutely certain that you will be able to listen to audiobooks. TTS is an entirely different thing -- it is simply a computer voice "reading" the text to you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2011 11:27:31 AM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
As Christine said, audiobooks and TTS are entirely different. I will be astounded if the Fire does NOT play audiobooks, although I'd expect you'll have to download and install the Audible app to get and play Audible audiobooks (just like I had to do on my Samsung Galaxy smartphone).

TTS is still up in the air. Lots of people are shooting off their keyboards without any actual facts. Even CS is giving different people contradictory answers. The only possible *accurate* answer at this point is "wait and see."

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 11:30:15 AM PDT
I'm really hoping for TTS. I want to buy one for my son, who is autistic. I've just started him reading on my kindle with TTS turned on & it is a boon for him. Dramatically helps his comprehension & I am hoping to see his reading skills really develop as a result of the use of this technology.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 5:40:24 AM PDT
Phil R says:
For those with experience using text to speech on earlier Kindles I get the impression that this feature can be turned on as long as the book publisher allows it. How big a stumbling block is this? Are virtually all titles allowed to be converted to speech or is it turned off for recent books? Is there a way to figure out which books are allowed/not allowed to be converted to speech before we purchase the title?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 5:48:26 AM PDT
When you look at the product description page, you will see:

The Litigators [Kindle Edition]
John Grisham (Author)
3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews) | Like (947)
Print List Price: $28.95
Kindle Price: $14.99 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: $13.96 (48%)
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
This price was set by the publisher

Text-to-Speech: Enabled

If TTS is not enabled, that's what it will say.

As for how many titles have tts enabled, I can't help with that......

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2011 8:50:40 AM PDT
The issue is not the book but the device. Even if the book is displayed with the description that you presented above, if the kindle device doesn't support tts, the kindle device will read the peripheral information pertaining to the book without reading the text in the book itself.
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