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Ouch! Text to speech is also AWOL from this year's Amazon Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 15 Comments

Drat! The newest Kindle Paperwhite E Ink reader from Amazon is still missing text to speech—among the features Jeff Bezos touted when he unveiled the second Kindle in 2009. Doubt me? Just look [...]

Custom Book Scanning: Worth it for those books you just can't find in e-format

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 9 Comments

I know lots of e-book readers who virtually stop reading paper books once they discover e-books. I’m one of them. We recently sold/gave away more than half of our paper book collection. [...]

Review: Voice Dream Reader e-reading app

By libertyc
May 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Note: An update of this post on LibraryCity.org focuses on education-related issues of read-aloud apps. A Catch-22 dogs those of us who most often read e-books visually but also want to hear them [...]

Setting up Moon+ Reader for Text-to-Speech Using Ivona

By libertyc
April 30, 2013 // 15 Comments

I was presenting at a seminar last week, and someone came up to me afterwards and said he’d bought my book and was enjoying it. His only complaint was that the Kindle for Android app [...]

Is Amazon’s Acquisition of Ivona good or bad for disabled e-library users?

By libertyc
January 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, guess which Seattle-based  megaconglomerate has just bought Ivona Software (Web site here, Wikipedia entry here)—perhaps the world’s best provider of text to speech to use with e-books [...]

Amazon Acquires IVONA Software

By Matthew Marchesano
January 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

This probably won’t come as too big of a surprise, but it was just announced this morning that Amazon has (finally!) acquired the 10-year-old text-to-speech software company IVONA [...]

How I turned my Kindle Fire HD from a cash register and billboard into a good machine for an e-book lover

By libertyc
September 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

H.L. Mencken, the American iconoclast, depicted Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Could the same idea apply to the killjoys at Amazon who so cruelly made [...]

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