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 disabled in order to protect the rights of the audio-book publisher.
The PA said the recommendation would go some way to offering people with print disabilities the same rights to access e-readers as those without disabilities, and should provide a more equal footing as sales of these devices take off in the UK. The joint statement “recommends that text to speech is routinely enabled on all e-books across all platforms, at least where there is no audiobook edition commercially available”.
Hooray for them! It’s a simple thing that can make the lives of many people better.
PS: English is such a weird language. Why is it “speech” when the verb is “speak”. Always confuses me.