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WHY, No Text to Speech on newer Kindles????


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Initial post: Aug 18, 2013 2:39:46 PM PDT
I think Kindle is doing itself a great injustice by not continuing with the text to speech feature. Even though text to speech was not perfect, it certainly helped those with vision problems. As advanced as technology is today, why drop this important feature? Kindle, you have taken one step forward and two steps backward. Bring text to speech feature back, please. I will never buy another Kindle again unless text to speech has returned, and I imagine I am one of the many disappointed Kindle consumers because you have dropped this feature. I have voiced my opinion as a Prime member,
Gene White

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 2:43:49 PM PDT
The Artist says:
The new Kindles that have speakers have TTS (currently only the Fires). The two e-ink models that are currently for sale have no speakers, so they have no audio capabilities.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 2:45:30 PM PDT
Arual says:
Hi Mr. White,

New Kindle models are usually released in September or October every year. You are not alone in hoping the new Paperwhite model this year will have audio capabilities. I think chances are pretty good, though, since it is a very popular feature. But Amazon never tells ahead of time what the new Kindles will be like, so we'll have to wait and see.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 2:45:36 PM PDT
Test to speech is available on all of the current Fires. Since Amazon has bought the company from which they licensed that TTS, it seems likely that some Kindles will continue to offer it.

I, for one, am delighted that I do not have to have the extra weight (for speakers) and the extra cost on my basic Kindle. It is something I would never use, so if/when it is available on e-ink devices again, I hope they keep the option not to have it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 3:42:32 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 4:47:20 PM PDT
Yes, precisely.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 4:56:34 PM PDT
I think speakers were omitted from the Paperwhite introduced last year to keep the price down. I hoe its available in future models because I use it quite a bit on my KK.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 5:02:07 PM PDT
EVERY device known to mankind doesn't have to offer EVERY feature.

Some people pay for heated seats in their car; I don't need that. I don't have internet access on my cell phone, and that's okay.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 5:02:44 PM PDT
I think the Paperwhite was meant to be a direct response to the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, which also has no audio. Since the Paperwhite seems to be very popular, I think it's likely that Amazon will release a newer model with audio capabilities.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 5:35:21 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Eugene, it sounds like you are trying to address Amazon. You can do that by e-mailing

kindle-feedback@amazon.com

There's nothing wrong with voicing your opinion here, of course, but that other route is the most direct to reach them.

I think I am an unusually heavy user of text-to-speech (I typically listen to it for hours a week in the car), and I wouldn't have a primary reading device that doesn't have it. I was quite pleased when we got Ivona on the Kindle Fire HD, which I find to be considerably superior to RealSpeak or Vocalizer (which are two versions of the text-to-speech software we have on some earlier models).

My guess is that we will get a frontlit model (like the Kindle Paperwhite) with text-to-speech, announced perhaps in the next six weeks or so. That's just speculation on my part, though...we'll have to see what happens. :)

I think others have given you a good explanation. It isn't specifically text-to-speech that was dropped: it was audio. The models which can not do text-to-speech also can't do music or audiobooks (the last of those presumably being a money maker for Amazon...for one thing, they own an audiobook company, Brilliance).

Audio adds to the expense, weight, and battery charge life consumption of devices, and when a new technology (for Amazon) was being introduced, those may not have been considered worth the added risk. Now that the acceptance of the Paperwhite is there, and economy of scale and perhaps reduced production costs are in play, that encourages me that we will see it on additional models in the future.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 6:58:09 PM PDT
If I remember correctly when the Paperwhite was introduced they continued to sell the Touch. So maybe the plan then was to have one with speakers and one without. From Amazon's description of the research that went into the light on the Paperwhite, I'm sure cost must have been a big factor, too.

Maybe their plans to keep one with and one without speakers just got forgotten along the way.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 7:30:48 PM PDT
The Artist says:
I think it's more likely that people stopped buying the Touch when the Paperwhite was released, so Amazon stopped manufacturing it after a while. They still offered the KK until a few months ago, which was different from the Paperwhite because it didn't have a touch screen, but did have speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 8:11:14 PM PDT
But, the less expensive the item, the more it's supposed to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 8:13:21 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 18, 2013 8:29:45 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Wow, deja vu. Didn't we have this same whinge a year ago?

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 9:17:21 PM PDT
I refuse to get into a more lengthy discussions on Kindle text to speech issue. I hope Kindle executives are reading these posts and not ignoring them like our posts to Government on important policies, for its concerned CITIZENS. I will briefly summarize again.
Text to Speech is an Important issue for those who have certain Visual handicaps! In this day and age, this technological feature is not beyond reason. We continue to learn by Sight and SPEECH!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:23:17 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Amazon does not read the forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:27:45 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Then send an email to amazon instead of posting on a customer forum...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:32:09 PM PDT
Buy a Kindle FIRE. (Have someone read that aloud to you please).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:34:44 PM PDT
JES says:
Then buy a device that has text to speech. Seriously, how hard is that?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:35:27 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:37:25 PM PDT
You have a very good point there, I might just do that!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 9:39:16 PM PDT
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