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Which Kindle has text to speech feature on it? None of the kindle show the text to speech.


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Initial post: Oct 28, 2013 4:10:07 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:11:46 PM PDT
King Al says:
The Kindle DX and the Kindle Fire models have TTS. (The Kindle Keyboard, which has mysteriously become available again, also has it.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:19:13 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
I have a kindle Touch which I brought two years ago. I love the TTS on it.
So you are telling me that there only 2 kindles available? Not the paperwhite? I am really disappointed. So should I buy the Kindle touch? Mine is wearing out. Thanks for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:23:49 PM PDT
King Al says:
The Paperwhite has no audio capability at all (no speakers or headphone jack) so obviously it does not have TTS.

If you don't want a Fire, then you could buy the Kindle Keyboard or the Touch (it was discontinued, so you probably won't find a new one unless you go to eBay.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:27:00 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Ok Thanks for explaining. I will look into the fire kindle then and decide then. Do you have a kindle fire? Do you like it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:36:55 PM PDT
I have both a touch and different versions of the Fires. I love my fire BUT .... with the availability of games I am often tempted to play games rather than read. Some find reading on the fire difficult. I don't but I lower the brightness to not have such blaring brightness when I am reading.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 4:42:58 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Okay, just answer my question,, I read all the time with TTS on because I am hearing impaired and it help me to pronoun the words correctly. It is like having a close caption on TV for me. Since you have a touch kindle and the fire. Is the fire kindle sound better than the touch kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:54:06 PM PDT
King Al says:
I'm not BratKat, but she has a 2nd generation Fire (the first generation Fire did not have TTS), and the TTS on the 2nd generation Fire is supposed to be much better than the Kindle Touch.

I do have a first generation Fire (which does not have TTS), and I much prefer to read on an e-ink Kindle (I have both a Paperwhite and a Touch.)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:58:44 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Okay. I agree with you I prefer reading on black and white than the color ones. Thank you so much for helping me out in this subject. Just wondering.....do you use TTS on your Touch?? Would you consider selling your Touch?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 5:13:43 PM PDT
D. Knight says:
You can currently buy a Kindle Touch: Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers but it will probably only be available for a short time.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 5:37:16 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Thank you so much. I did order the Kindle touch. Thanks for saving me to find the kindle Touch with TTS feature. I thought that they stopped making them.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 5:41:21 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
The 2nd gen. Fire HD and its successors have much better text to speech than the e-ink Kindles, i.e. it is more real sounding. So if TTS is a major part of what you want, I would get the cheapest Fire. When you do read on it, you might want to choose the black background and white letters and adjust the brightness so that it works well for you and will give you less glare and eye strain than the lighter backgrounds.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 5:47:18 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Thank you for your input. I have seen the Fire Kindle and I find the colors is too bright for me and I did tried the black background with white letters and that was really hard on my eyes. I decided to get the Touch for now to replace the one Touch I have. Maybe in a few years, Kindle Fire or other kindle will be be better.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 6:05:20 PM PDT
King Al says:
Hmm, I thought all they had are refurbished. Good to know.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 6:25:18 PM PDT
K. C. Vogel says:
I have the original white DX and the old graphite DX. I bought both refurbished because I couldn't take a chance on not having TTS because I use it so much. The fire hd has TTS but only with a woman's voice. I prefer the male voice unless I am reading a novel and the main character is a woman. I often read as I am listening so I can go faster. I can't go as fast with nonfiction but it helps with things such as Gaelic words and French phrases. It has it's flaws but I hope these will last forever.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 8:13:31 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
The new Fire HDX has a choice of voices, male and female. I don't know if the new (2013) Kindle Fire HD does, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 8:22:26 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
The HDX offers multiple voices, although I haven't tried them out. Using tts as a pronunciation guide has its drawbacks. Compound words are a problem as are foreign words. There have been improvements to the tts on my kk, such as no longer saying 'backquote' whenever something was set off by single marks. It no longer calls all doctors 'Drive ...' but street and saint seem randomly interchangeable.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 7:10:28 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Carbonbased, I have tried some of the other voices. One interesting thing to note is that you can't use a voice intended for one language with another language...you can't use a Russian voice to read English, for example.

As to the words, part of it is a question of whether or not the reader who is the basis of the voice (the voice artist September Day in the case of Salli, for example) read that word. If they did read a foreign or compound-word correctly, it will be pronounced correctly. Entire phrases that were read will have the proper emphasis (although they may be read many ways).

I had the opportunity to ask September Day some questions about the process. This small excerpt might apply here:

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Me: Are you given specific material to read? Are you reading actual books, or are they words and sentences designed for use with the software?

SD: Yes. I read over 196,000 prompts from "Alice in Wonderland", the AP wire, and many just random sentences. Apparently, the software knew beforehand the sounds it needed from me and so it crawled the web to find sentences that would make me deliver those sounds. I do remember one particular sentence I'll never forget: "Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court." It was the line we played at the start of each session for me to get the tone perfect again.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 7:47:03 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
btw, the Kindle Touch is currently available again from Amazon

Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

and it has audio and text to speech, but no front lighting

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 8:05:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2013 8:08:47 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
For correct pronunciation the app, Dictionary.com is great. Not only will it give you the meaning, but if you click on the little microphone icon, it pronounces it for you. It's been a godsend learning how to pronounce many words which I encounter only in books but have never heard anyone say.

You do not need to have a tablet to use this app. It is available for any smart phone.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 5:15:04 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
This is good to know. Thank you for the information.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 5:19:30 PM PDT
MelwithCP says:
Thank you I have already order another kindle touch for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2013 5:16:42 PM PST
My Kindle Fire does not, and I miss the feature very much.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2013 5:17:55 PM PST
I find the Kindle Fire a bit too heavy for long reading sessions.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 4:15:47 PM PST
Diana says:
I have the Kindle touch and I love it very much!
My friends and family wonder how I can
Stand to listen to it read to me... But I have
Found it to be very pleasing. I use TTS on
Long drives and commutes! And I also listen
When exercising/ walking!! I would NEVER buy any
Kindle if it didn't have TTS!!!
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