text to speech

Follow That Story: Paperwhite's suspiciously absent TTS

By Dan Eldridge
September 11, 2012 // 12 Comments

Last Friday, we brought you a wonderfully seditious opinion piece written by TeleRead founder David Rothman about the fact that Amazon’s brand-new Kindle Paperwhite models were produced without text to speech (TTS) functionality. It’s an important essay, so click here to give it a read [...]

UK Publishers Association says turn on text-to-speech

By Paul Biba
October 7, 2010 // 2 Comments

From The Bookseller: The Publishers Association, The Society of Authors, The Association of Authors Agents and The Right to Read Alliance have released a joint ‘recommendation to publishers’ to encourage the use of the text-to-speak function on digital devices. The option is sometimes [...]

Authors Guild and publishers oddly quiet on the matter of iPad’s VoiceOver

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2010 // 3 Comments

I didn’t notice this David Pogue article from August 12th until Techdirt and Slashdot pointed it out just the other day. Though most of the article is about other cool features offered by iOS 4 (unified contacts, Facetime tricks), in the last section Pogue talks about the VoiceOver “spoken [...]

Kindle books cheaper in UK than US; more text to speech as well

By Stephen Windwalker, editor of The Kindle Nation
August 10, 2010 // 10 Comments

This isn’t scientific, but it certainly communicates the basic truth of the matter as of August 5. As of 4:30 pm Eastern time today, August 5, a US Kindle customer could have purchased the top 25 bestselling books in the US Kindle Store sales rankings for a grand total of $252.10. Over in the [...]

Parent vs Reader, Round 2: Dad vs Kobo

By Joanna Cabot
April 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

I wrote in January about turning my stepfather loose on the Amazon Kindle. Today was Round 2 in the ‘Parent vs Reader’ escapades. I met my Dad for coffee today and took the Kobo Reader with me to amuse myself while I waited for him. He noticed it when he arrived and spent some time [...]

Looktel bringing hand-held text-to-speech to Windows Mobile smartphones

By Chris Meadows
March 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

Remember the Intel Reader, the $1500 handheld device that acts as a hand-held portable scanner/OCR/text-to-speech device for the blind? A company called LookTel is in the beta stage of bringing something similar to Windows Mobile camera phones. The device will speak aloud text (package labels or [...]

Apple releases iBooks information

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Apple has posted a webpage with details about the iBooks iPad app. There are a couple of points of particular interest to TeleReaders. First of all, iBooks will allow you to “add free ePub titles to iTunes and sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad.” That’s right, the page specifically uses [...]

Through text-to-speech, Roger Ebert can speak again

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

For the past several years, film critic Roger Ebert has been unable to talk, due to complications from cancer surgery that left him without a lower jaw. But thanks to CereProc, a company that mines words and syllables from existing audio sources (such as the many commentary tracks and TV shows [...]

Text to speech voices that don’t suck!

By Paul Biba
March 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

From eBooks Just Published: I’ve just released two incredible new text to speech voices for use with Text2Go. They are called Amy and Brian and have been developed by IVONA Software. I really think they’re amazing – certainly the best I’ve ever heard. You can read the press release on [...]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Text-to-speech mode and parting thoughts

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

There is one last aspect of the Astak that I need to review before shipping it back in. That is one of the major ways it differs from the Sony, and one of the ways it is similar to the Kindle 2: text-to-speech read-aloud mode. Note that with the version of firmware with which the Astak shipped, [...]

Two weeks with an Astak 5”: Ergonomic Factors

By Chris Meadows
November 1, 2009 // 1 Comment

I have spent the last two weeks reading e-books on the Astak, and am ready to give my first impressions. The Screen First of all, the 800×600-resolution screen. I love the screen. Of course, it is probably the same screen that any non-touch-sensitive e-ink reader has, but compared to the Sony [...]

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