Consider this an open letter to all authors and publishers.
Since getting the Kindle 2 I purchase over 3 times as many books, and now actually pay to subscribe to newspapers, because the TTS allows me to consume about 3-4 times as much information over the course of a day.
I used to read about a book per month on E-reader via a netbook and a Windows mobile device. I subscribed to no newspaper and no magazines. Since buying the Kindle 2 I am reading 1-2 books every 1-2 weeks and daily newspapers and weekly magazines. I read when I can... breaks at work, before bed, while waiting somewhere. But now I'm able to listen to text-to-speech on my daily walks, while driving, and sometimes while falling asleep. As a result, I now purchase MANY more books than ever before, and actually pay to subscribe to magazines and newspapers.
Why, as a publisher or author, would you desire to sell me fewer of your works? I've never purchased both the audio and text version of the book, and never will!
In fact, if you disable TTS on your works, I'll not purchase them at all. In fact, your work is probably available for free as both a text and audio torrent file, and if I really want to read it and you make it difficult for me to purchase it, I'll likely seek out those "free" sources and encourage others to do the same.
Don't bite the hands that feed you. You need consumers more than we need you.
A customer that wants to buy your books but won't if you cripple them.
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