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February 16, 2009

Text-to-speech

Lots of blah-di-blah about the new Kindle wireless reading tablet (described in detail at the Amazon Kindle page). Happy as I am with dead tree media when it comes to novels, I was content to ignore the whole idea until I came across the story reframed with a new twist as part of today's copyright wars.

It turns out Kindle has some capacity to read books to you. Potentially handy for those with lazy eyeballs; assuming - of course - this feature actually works. But what to do with the audiobook rights? Neil Gaiman considers.

My point of view: When you buy a book, you're also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one's going to confuse it with an audiobook.

Quite sensible to my mind. Let that be an end to it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 16, 2009 06:48 AM