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Old 10-29-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Help with purchase decision please...

I want to get a audio reader for my wife, as she will be having an operation which will leave her without vision for a few days (no, its not a face lift)… also she will be in a bed for a few days longer, and I thought that the new Kindle HDX 7” would be nice for her.

I bought one of the first Kindles (which I still have) complete with heavy case and pull out light. The battery doesn’t last now, and sad to say it gets no use. Might treat my’self to a new model later on... I digress

Anyway, what I wanted to ask is, what accessories will I need, and what do I avoid.
Im thinking portable speakers so that she wont have to have ear buds in for long periods… which ones are the best option?
Also which is a good choice of case (I read that some are not so great!)

Lastly, any other accessories which might be a good idea. I would like to order all together, as we live in NZ and shipping is a high cost from the US.


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The Kindle Fire HDX 2013 would be a good choice. It has Text to Speech on most eBooks with a choice of male / female voices either British or American.

Get the case Amazon sells for it. It protects the unit and can be used as a stand.

It can run Audiobooks as well.
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The Kindle Fire HDX 2013 would be a good choice. It has Text to Speech on most eBooks with a choice of male / female voices either British or American.

Get the case Amazon sells for it. It protects the unit and can be used as a stand.

It can run Audiobooks as well.
Wow, thanks for the quick reply Sirmaru.

I looked on Amazon, but dont see the ref to the 2013 model specifically... where do I look please... also there seems to be three choices of case on the Amazon page...

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The HDX is the 2013 edition. The 2012 was just the HD. (There is also an HD 2013 edition which is cheaper than the HDX...confused yet?).

The "origami" case is the new Amazon case for the HDX.

I don't think you can purchase the 2012 editions anymore so you should be fine.
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The HDX is the 2013 edition. The 2012 was just the HD. (There is also an HD 2013 edition which is cheaper than the HDX...confused yet?).

The "origami" case is the new Amazon case for the HDX.

I don't think you can purchase the 2012 editions anymore so you should be fine.
Got it (I think)... thank you
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Wow, thanks for the quick reply Sirmaru.

I looked on Amazon, but dont see the ref to the 2013 model specifically... where do I look please... also there seems to be three choices of case on the Amazon page...
There is only one HDX and it's only has a female voice that I noticed on text to speech. I would recommend Audible if it's in your country. Audiobooks would work well for your wife while she is recovering.

The HDX plays Audible well but any Android device will also play them through the Audible app.
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There is only one HDX and it's only has a female voice that I noticed on text to speech. I would recommend Audible if it's in your country. Audiobooks would work well for your wife while she is recovering.

The HDX plays Audible well but any Android device will also play them through the Audible app.
You have a choice of male / female US voices and the same for British voices. It comes with the female US voice but the other can be downloaded.

I would recommend the male voice since it pauses at the end of sentences and paragraphs. The female voice runs without pauses.
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You have a choice of male / female US voices and the same for British voices. It comes with the female US voice but the other can be downloaded.

I would recommend the male voice since it pauses at the end of sentences and paragraphs. The female voice runs without pauses.
Where do you download them from?
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... The female voice runs without pauses.


That has to be so true...
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Where do you download them from?
Go to Settings / Device / Text-to-Speech.

There you have two options:

1. Default Voice
2. Download Additional Voices

I have 2 now under Default Voice: Joey (United States); Salli (United States). I use Joey because it recognizes pauses at the end of sentences while Sallie does not.

Under Option 2 there are the following:

1. English (Australia) - Nicole
2. English (Australia) - Russell
3. English (United Kingdom) - Amy
4. English (United Kingdom) - Brian

Plus, it has the 2 US voices as stated above, 2 French voices for Canada, 2 French voices for France, 2 German voices for Germany, 2 Italian voices, 2 Portuguese voices, 2 Russian voices, and 2 Spanish voices.

Since the OP appears to be from New Zealand, the two Aussie voices would be best for him and he should test both to see which is better.

I'm surprised they do not have a Mandarin Chinese voice or a Japanese voice since they do sell dictionaries and eBooks in those languages. Maybe the Asian versions of the HDX just recently released has those features.

What is missing is a sleep timer so one can go to sleep listening to an eBook. I called that problem into Mayday and they said they would try and get one into the November major firmware upgrade.

I believe the Audio Book implementation has a sleep timer.

This is only available on the HDX 2013. My HD 2012 has a Text to Speech Option but does not have this choice of voices under the Device menu.

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...no, I'm British and proud of it, but I have made NZ my home now. :-)

And seriously, I thought you were joking about the female voice not pausing... but you must see the funny side
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I would recommend the male voice since it pauses at the end of sentences and paragraphs. The female voice runs without pauses.
Just like real life
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And seriously, I thought you were joking about the female voice not pausing... but you must see the funny side
I most definitely did. Glad you found it just as amusing as I did.

PS: I do believe our days are numbered once female members start reading this thread
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I want to get a audio reader for my wife,...
Have you considered using an MP3 player? Many of them will play the formats most commonly used for audiobooks - MP3, WMA, Audible.
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I most definitely did. Glad you found it just as amusing as I did.

PS: I do believe our days are numbered once female members start reading this thread
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