Kindle Protest #2: Text-to-Speech Silencing Bad for the Blind

I said it before and I’ll say it again: The Kindle 2’s text-to-speech is pretty good. But, it is no competition for a good voice actor in an audio book. So, I didn’t really understand why the Authors Guild went up in arms after the Kindle 2’s release earlier this year. Amazon caved in and now lets publishers decide if text-to-speech reading on the Kindle should be disabled for a specific title. But, what if you are blind, visually impaired, or just too tired to open your eyes in an oxygen-poor airline cabin? Wouldn’t it be nice to turn on text-to-speech to have an ebook read to you? Well, CNET reports that one group decided to protest this state of affairs…

Advocates for blind protest loss of Kindle’s voice function

It will be interesting to see if this group gets any traction in their effort.