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grandmabell06
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Can the Nook read to you?

Does the Nook have the capability to read to you thru headphones? My sister has a Kindle and she can take walks while the Kindle reads to her.  I would love to be able to do that also.

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Re: Can the Nook read to you?

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No, it cannot read to your traditional books.

 

I believe the kindle can't do this either since computer generated audio books was deemed infringement of copyright against their offering of paid audio books.

 

Some books, specifically kids books, do feature a 'read to me' option.  This is like an audio book embedded within the kids book.

 

It is custom recorded  and not text-to-speech.

 

Edit Clarification:  Kindle can do read-to-me via text to speech IF the copyright owner authorizes it.

 

Apparently, Amazon won't fight the publishing industry on the issue of whether the Kindle 2's text-to-speech function violates copyright.

The retailer, which makes the popular Kindle electronic-book reader, announced late Friday that the company is modifying systems to allow authors and publishers to decide whether to enable Kindle's text-to-speech function on a per-title basis.

Amazon began its press release with tough talk. "Kindle 2's experimental text-to-speech feature is legal," Amazon wrote. "No copy is made, no derivative work is created, and no performance is being given."

But then the company says: "We strongly believe many rights holders will be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."

There is no mistaking what happened here. Amazon caved. For Kindle owners interested in the text-to-speech feature, the device just lost value.


 

 

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KingAl
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Re: Can the Nook read to you?

I think over half of Kindle books have TTS enabled since it is enabled by default (publishers have to specifically block it.)

 

That being said, many people find the computer generated voice annoying.

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skinny12
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Re: Can the Nook read to you?

Will text to speech be in a future software update? I would like to use something like that while I am at work. It gets tiring listening to news talk all day. 

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Re: Can the Nook read to you?

 


skinny12 wrote:

Will text to speech be in a future software update? I would like to use something like that while I am at work. It gets tiring listening to news talk all day. 


No one knows.  At least, no one here.  B&N doesn't tell us wha will be in software updates until they are released.

 

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Re: Can the Nook read to you?

You can download books through overdrive, that are offered in the mp3 format. Overdrive has directions posted on the site. I use head phones and they played fine, as in not to bad, just the tiniest bit worbly.

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