Kindle 2: Can't read? (in Off-topic)


Cube May 27 2009 1:58 PM EDT

Someone forwarded this to me, and for once caught my eye. Looks like those poor tortured publishers are sticking it to the man... The blind man. I don't see how Amazon providing text to speech is any different from a parent reading to a child.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/4266149

Here's a news article on the subject.
http://news.cnet.com/amazon-retreats-on-kindles-text-to-speech-issue/

Cube May 27 2009 2:00 PM EDT

Looks like I didn't actually talk about what this is. Amazon was pressured to allow publishers to disable text to speech at their will.

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] May 27 2009 2:34 PM EDT

Wouldn't be the first time politics trump innovation. That's why we need hackers, as they are the last line of defense we as a society have between us and being totally at the mercy of those who would like to monetize and control every aspect of what you consume.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw May 27 2009 2:47 PM EDT

Down with the politicians! =P

AdminQBVerifex [Serenity In Chaos] May 27 2009 3:20 PM EDT

No, not down with politicians, they are a required part of any democratically organized society. There are simply opposing viewpoints on this issue. On one side there's the "benefit a lot of people" versus "benefit a few people" on the other, and it's always difficult to say to those few people: "Please sacrifice yourself for the benefit of the many". It's easier if the few people simply make this sacrifice willingly.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw May 27 2009 3:51 PM EDT

Yes my statement was merely a joke.

Cube May 27 2009 7:13 PM EDT

It's too bad it's so difficult for policies to catch up to technology.

I don't think politicians are even involved. Publishers simply threatened to pull books if they couldn't control text to speech availability. It just doesn't make any sense when if I want text to speech I could go to some random website, and enter in the text.

Publishers aren't adding anything themselves. I guess I could see the case for minor compensation... I dunno.
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