TeleRead’s Q. & A with Echo—on working conditions at Amazon

By David Rothman
August 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

The humans at Amazon can be famously mum on questions they don’t want to answer. But last night, I woke up with a solution. Who needed Jay Carney, the ex-Obama press secretary now on Jeff Bezo’s payroll as a senior VP handling PR and policy matters? In line with Amazon’s passion for robots [...]

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 [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with [...]

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, [...]

Kindle Fire HDs apparently can’t change line spacing …

By David Rothman
September 17, 2012 // 7 Comments

Kindle Fire HD tablets apparently can’t change line spacing when you’re reading an e-book. Is this part of a consumer-hostile niching initiative by Amazon to high-pressure my fellow Kindle addicts into buying more than one gizmo? Yes, I suspect—if we consider similar disappointments, such [...]

How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite

By David Rothman
September 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

After I raised the issue of the Kindle Paperwhite being developed without a text-to-speech feature, a reader asked how she, too, could get in touch with Amazon to voice her displeasure. Incidentally, I had in mind not just blind people, but also joggers and other sighted folks who enjoy the [...]

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 [...]

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