This quote got me thinking about my ADA clients and my learning disabled kids:
"We know that there exists a kill-switch for the text-to-speech feature that allows publishers to disable the feature for specific titles. While this feature protects the publisher’s ability to control how content is distributed, it sucks for people who really wanted this feature. If there’s one kill-switch, it’s likely that Amazon, and publishers, have other kill-switches at their disposal. Personally, I’d be uncomfortable with so many players having the ability to remotely tinker with my Kindle."
I was actually considering getting one for the boys to help teach them how to read. My kids are computer crazy so I thought this might make a very useful gift. The idea that they have embedded remote kill switches to a device that I pay for which could disable my content after I pay for it puts my knickers in a knot. Seriously.
Digital Rights Management is an important topic and I applaud efforts to protect those right, however, mico-managing my content after I pay for it: thumbs down. If there is a speech feature, I should be able to use it when I want to. A publisher doesn't want the text-to-speech feature on Kindle because they're selling audio books in competition? WTF? Are they trying to kill Kindle? Inquiring minds want to know because if they don't like it then dont make the title available on Kindle at all. I for one like text-to-speech features. It helps me teach my kids...that's why I want to buy them one.
Are they (those same publishers) going to invade my computer's text-to-speech capabilities next? I'm just saying...
Update: Here's what we're considering purchasing: Kindle DX
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