Amazon decides Kindle speech isn’t worth copyright fight

2 03 2009

Although both iterations of Amazon’s Kindle offer a fairly polished e-book experience, the company is clearly interested in experimenting with adding capabilities beyond the written word. The “experimental” menu brought up a list of half-baked programs that allow rudimentary access to audio and Web content. The only significant change to the experimental section in the Kindle 2 was the addition of a text-to-speech capability that allowed the Kindle to read content to its users in one of two synthesized voices. Following an extended outcry from some in the publishing business, however, Amazon has backed down and will allow publishers to retain control over whether to expose their texts to this capability.

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