|02-26-2009, 06:51 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2003
Kindle Swindle? sez Author's Guild
Here is a NY Times editorial with Roy Blunt, president of the Author's Guild, in which he is trying to defend the allegation that the text-to-speech system of the K2 is a form of copyright transgression.
|02-26-2009, 12:46 PM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2008
The whole thing is just silly and really just a disguised money grab. Text to speech has been around for over a decade in computers, and it's been mostly ignored for most of that time too because while the voices are "listenable," it doesn't take too long for it to transform into a monotonous drone.
The truth they want to ignore is that Text to Speech is no more a competitor to Books-on-CD or MP3 than a skateboard is to a car. I can't imagine anyone listening to complete book via Text to Speech. People buy Kindles mostly to READ books. Certainly there are less expensive and more compact devices available if they want to listen to them.
Authors should get every dime coming to them, but they are coming off as sniveling pedantics here.
|02-26-2009, 02:18 PM||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Iowa, USA
Device: Sony 505 & HP Touchpad
Quality is poor I agree but the Kindle II has now made every Amazon ebook an audiobook, and less expensive than audiobook prices. Less quality but more variety and at lower prices. Wonder how many will find that attractive
|02-26-2009, 02:57 PM||#4|
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Norman, OK
Device: Amazon Kindle DX / iPhone
I dunno... It's pretty terrible! I was hoping to use it every once in a while but it's too awful to listen to for even a few minutes.
The guy is full of it.
|02-26-2009, 03:07 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: HDX 8.9, AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, Nexus7, iPhone5, etc
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