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

By David Rothman
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 at the Paperwhite users guide and see what’s AWOL. Click here for a better view, with a list [...]

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

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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. Basically we kept the hardcover books that look good on the shelf. But that leaves the question of how to [...]

Review: Voice Dream Reader e-reading app

By David Rothman
May 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Note: An update of this post on 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 when we’re exercising or driving. The usual e-bookware doesn’t always come with or work with [...]

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

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
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 didn’t support text to speech, and he wished he could listen to my book while he was driving. “No [...]

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

By David Rothman
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 and other texts? That’s right, Amazon. It’s already using an Ivona voice in the Kindle Fire, [...]

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 Software for an undisclosed sum. (Not quite as exciting as the Zappos acquisition, but still … ) The [...]

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