So I shouldn't read book aloud to my children anymore? This is an argument that will never have any merit.
I think the text to speech is wonderful. Instead of turning on the TV this morning to get my girls ready for school I was able to sit the babies on the couch and turn on the text to speech. They listened to Peter Rabbit and a few other stories instead of the TV. It doesn't get any better than a book. All 4 of my kids agree! I think the text to speech is one of the most wonderful parts of the K2. I will buy a new book for the babies every week night so they have something to entertain them while I get their sisters dressed. Perfect!
Sure, text-to-speech will probably take some money away from the audio book market, but the DRM on the e-books means that your can't lend them to friends like a hardcover or paperback, so that should eventually make up for the loss.
Besides, most people that I know who buy audio books wouldn't be willing to spend the up front cost for the Kindle 2 anyway.
I might be in the minority, but I do not think TTS is all that great. In a pinch it is passable, but it is nothing like an audio book. I will probably only used TTS when I need to read some more, but my eyes just won't focus anymore. I had a hard time understanding all the words the couple of times I have tried it so far.
However, I will demonstrate it for one of my friends. She currently has cataracts on both eyes and her opthamologist has told her she may be blind within 5 years.
If she likes it enough, I may even give her the K2 and just order a second one for myself. I can always use my K1 while I wait for the second K2 to arrive and I could always just spend more time on KindleBoards while I am waiting.
My pastor showed me his new K2 this evening after the Ash Wednesday Mass. I had it read Jeff Bezos letter to me. . . .the voice sounded surprisingly good, but it doesn't compare to the inflection and 'feeling' you get with a well read audio book.
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