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Old 10-08-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Any Reader With Text-To-Speech Besides Kindle?

Hi, does anyone know which readers are currently available with (or rumored to have soon) Text-to-Speech besides the Kindle 2? Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:50 PM   #2
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The Astak Pocket Pro has it for certain formats...
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Hi, does anyone know which readers are currently available with (or rumored to have soon) Text-to-Speech besides the Kindle 2? Thanks!
The Hanlin V5 - aka "BeBook Mini" and "Astak Pocket Pro" - has it. In both English and Chinese.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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Thanks both of you! I'll check them out!

I have a K2 and I have to have TTS due to physical limitations, but my husband is interested in a reader. I'm trying to decide if we should get something different that would be more compatible with library ebooks (Kindle=NOT), and switch devices to read the same books, or buy another kindle 2 and share the same books that way.

Regardless, I need TTS on the other device.

So thanks so much for the help! I might post again later for help choosing after I take a look.
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #5
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Keep in mind that the TTS on the Pocket Pro and its sibblings will not work on epub or pdf so you can't use it on library books.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:30 AM   #6
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Oh, thanks so much for that piece of information! That's good to know. What formats does the tts work on, then? Imo, it's kind of strange for the tts to work only in certain formats, I wonder why they did that. Kindle's works on all the formats it supports, which granted, isn't all that many but at least it's consistant. Hmmmm.
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The Astek TTS works with PDFs and Text files. (See Robert's post)
Also you can find more info on the Astek Pro by reading that same thread (link)

However if TTS is what you need I'd recommend you stay with Amazon. Most Adobe PDF I've came across have TTS disabled.

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Imo, it's kind of strange for the tts to work only in certain formats, I wonder why they did that.
Its because some of the reader software comes from 3rd parties. For example the ePub and PDF uses mobile Adobe Digital Editions. So they need to get Adobe's permission to use TTS, and, even though TTS rights are supported by PDFs, Adobe seems to be behind the ball on this. See Adobe eBooks - Update on Accessibility Support, which seems to be implying that the Hanlin's (EZ Reader's) might be able to do TTS on Adobe PDF and ePub ebooks at some poiint.

The way the Hanlin's handle TTS for PDFs is to switch to different software, xpdf, to display (and TTS) them. This only works for DRM-free PDFs, so it won't work on Adobe lending library PDF ebooks unless you first circumvent the DRM. Circumvention for the purpose of getting TTS to work is typically legal in the US.
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Oh, thanks so much for that piece of information! That's good to know. What formats does the tts work on, then? Imo, it's kind of strange for the tts to work only in certain formats, I wonder why they did that.
Basically because the Jinke devices use completely DIFFERENT reading software for the different formats, and those different bits of software have different capabilities - some can do TTS; others currently can't. The "Adobe Digital Editions" software, used for ePub and PDFs, currently does not have TTS support.
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The "Adobe Digital Editions" software, used for ePub and PDFs, currently does not have TTS support.
On my BeBook Mini, TTS works fine for ePubs!
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In that case, presumably it will be available on the Astak shortly. Thanks for that.
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On my BeBook Mini, TTS works fine for ePubs!
With the latest (month old) firmware, the EZ Reader PocketPro also does TTS for ePubs and PDFs. It even works when the ebooks have DRM.
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I'm obviously "behind the times" in my Jinke firmware update knowledge. Thanks!
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