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Old 03-15-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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Actually found "Text to Speech" Useful!

I played with "text to speech" when I first got my Kindle, and found it rotten enough to ignore. But today I tried something different.

I plugged it into my car stereo like I would my ipod. And maybe it was just the sound of driving, wind, etc... but it wasn't terrible. I mean, don't get me wrong, it wasn't as good as a real audiobook but since I'd never buy an audiobook of a book I already owned this works out rather well enough.

I've got an 8 hour drive to Albuquerque next week, and plan on listening to it most the way! (Hopefully it can be powered by my car USB adapter, if not I have a USB battery charger).
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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About a decade ago I was hospitalized with optic neuritis. It was a rather atypical instance of it in that I got it in both eyes simultaneously. In the course of about 36 hours I lost about 90% of my vision. The pain was unbearable initially, but once I was put on a steroid treatment in the hospital, the pain was gone. Unfortunately, I couldn't see to do anything either. What I wouldn't have given for an ipod or a TTS Kindle at the time.

I don't usually listen to audiobooks myself, but I know others who rarely read and keep Audible in business (yeah, I know they're Amazon owned too).

Glad you're finding TTS useful. Perhaps the K2 is a good bridge device.
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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Is it better now?

I actually got a rather bad case of conjunctivitis the week before I got my kindle (on Feb. 15th) and was so photophobic (never had pain like it.. was like a migraine in my eyeballs) I couldn't deal with any amount of light for about a week. I was REALLY wishing I had the Kindle then.

Being struck temporarily blind, aside from the pain and the sheer...trauma of it, it was SO BORING!
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Is it better now?

I actually got a rather bad case of conjunctivitis the week before I got my kindle (on Feb. 15th) and was so photophobic (never had pain like it.. was like a migraine in my eyeballs) I couldn't deal with any amount of light for about a week. I was REALLY wishing I had the Kindle then.

Being struck temporarily blind, aside from the pain and the sheer...trauma of it, it was SO BORING!
Yes, I should have mentioned that my eyesight did return slowly over the course of the next 4-6 weeks. But it was probably a good solid week before i could see well enough to read or watch TV. That was a boring week.

My optic neuritis started with a stiff neck and progressed to searing pain akin to an ice pick stabbing through my eyes. Prednisone was a miracle drug for me.

Glad to hear you're doing better as well.
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Old 03-15-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
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I've played with it quite a bit and you know, it's not awful, but the technology isn't *quite* there in my opinion. I have a feeling this is going to improve significantly in the coming years.
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Old 03-15-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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I played with "text to speech" when I first got my Kindle, and found it rotten enough to ignore. But today I tried something different.

I plugged it into my car stereo like I would my ipod. And maybe it was just the sound of driving, wind, etc... but it wasn't terrible. I mean, don't get me wrong, it wasn't as good as a real audiobook but since I'd never buy an audiobook of a book I already owned this works out rather well enough.
Wow! That's super cool ! I have a Ipod attachment that plugs into my Ipod Shuffle and plays on the car radio. Nice! Now I can just plug it into the Kindle instead and have my Kindle read to me.



I can charge my Kindle via my car's cell phone charger if needed on long trip down to my Mom's house which is a nine hour drive.

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:14 PM   #7
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Great idea. I've used the feature when on the subway standing and it is crowded, or when I'm walking to/from the subway. No, it is no audio book, but it serves a purpose for me.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:29 PM   #8
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I have used it in my car for a couple mins at a time. But I also pretty much always have audiobooks loaded on it as well so I usually choose the audio book instead of the TTS.
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:34 PM   #9
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I used it when I was working out. You don't forget it's a computer, but for a computer it really isn't bad.
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:54 PM   #10
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Heck I use mine in the car with just the K2 speakers. I think it's as good as available right now. The female voice is better FWIW.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #11
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Heck I use mine in the car with just the K2 speakers. I think it's as good as available right now. The female voice is better FWIW.
I agree, I like the female voice better, less robotic.
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:32 AM   #12
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I used it when I was working out. You don't forget it's a computer, but for a computer it really isn't bad.
Nope, text-to-speach has come a long way since "microsoft sam"
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:04 PM   #13
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TTS must be a godsend for parents - they don't have to read bedtime stories to their kids any more.

Plug in the Kindle and pop up the pub!
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TTS must be a godsend for parents - they don't have to read bedtime stories to their kids any more.
I much enjoyed reading to my kids. I didn't see it as a chore at all.

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Old 03-16-2009, 09:20 PM   #15
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I still can't bare TTS. It just drives me nuts. 8 hours of that voice would caught me either a to fall asleep at the wheel, or give me a migraine. I'm not sure which.
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