Amazon raised some controversy amongst publishers with the new experimental text-to-speech feature found in Kindle 2. Publishers see their audio book sales dwindle with this feature and even said Amazon does not have the rights to let Kindle read books aloud.
Now Amazon caved in and announced that publishers can choose to enable or disable the Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature on their eBook titles for Kindle.Amazon also makes clear in the statement that the Kindle 2 text-to-speech feature is legal as no copy is made, no derivative work is created, and no performance is being given.
Additionally Amazon owns itself audio book companies with Audible and Brilliance. Amazon sees the reading feature of Kindle that would grow the professionally narrated audiobooks business.
The new Amazon Kindle 2 feature most likely requires a firmware update.
Via this Amazon press-release. Kindle 2 ships since last week for $359 on Amazon.com.
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