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Old 05-11-2016, 03:33 PM   #46
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You can buy the audio adapter standalone now (I just did):

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZGVVG92/
I put 1 in my cart....
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Old 05-11-2016, 03:47 PM   #47
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I wonder if there are any legal issues leading them toward only having TTS in conjunction with a mode for the sight impaired.
Amazon seems to confine publisher restrictions on TTS to TTS feature alone.

So for example when a publisher prohibits TTS for a given book, TTS (on Fire or older Kindles that had TTS) cannot be used with those books. But when a system level Accessibility feature is used to read text (on FireOS, Android, iOS), this is always allowed, regardless of publisher restrictions on TTS.

One of the things I'd like to confirm with the audio adapter is ability to read out books with TTS 'disabled'. I expect it to work. I won't get it until end of next week however.
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Ahhh, since the adapter *is* sold separately .... I wonder why it's only for the Paperwhite? And not the Voyage or Oasis.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:04 PM   #49
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Ahhh, since the adapter *is* sold separately .... I wonder why it's only for the Paperwhite? And not the Voyage or Oasis.
The software for the Paperwhite (7th Gen) is 5.7.4.1. For the Oasis, Voyage, and K7, it's 5.7.4. That last .1 must be the reason why it's only for the Paperwhite (7th Gen) at this time.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:22 PM   #50
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Ahhh, since the adapter *is* sold separately .... I wonder why it's only for the Paperwhite? And not the Voyage or Oasis.
Also seems to be only sold on the .com site, and not in any other countries which is a bit weird.
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Ahhh, since the adapter *is* sold separately .... I wonder why it's only for the Paperwhite? And not the Voyage or Oasis.
It is the only one they have released compatible firmware for thus far. Ideally, all currently shipping Kindles will get updates (including $79 Kindle). But Amazon does not want to over-promise.
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I wonder why they chose the Paperwhite? Is it their biggest seller?
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:35 PM   #53
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I wonder why they chose the Paperwhite? Is it their biggest seller?
I would say yes to the PW3 being the biggest seller.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:33 PM   #54
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I just ordered one also. It's due Friday. I was too late to get it tomorrow with one day shipping.

I have no real interest in using TTS but I'm real curious about this thing and I want to take a look. And I probably can sell it to one of my neighbors when I'm done.

I've always had a kind of academic interest in TTS. I just don't care for it in books. I wrote a driver for an early TTS chip back in the early 1980's and a screen reader for the Radio Shack Color Computer for use by a friend's blind brother so he could use the computer. It was passed around a lot as freeware by Color Computer users.

Since then I've made it a point to listen to TTS about every year or two to see how it's grown. It's a million times better than it was when I was writing for it but it's still not something I want to use for books, at least not while I can read okay.

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:53 PM   #55
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Why would people that Cant see even want to buy a PW? Crazy...
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:29 PM   #56
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I live in a retirement home and one of the other residents here was an avid reader all her life and then she began losing her vision. She could see a little but not well enough to read. I got her started with audiobooks and she was fine till she began to lose her hearing. Also audiobooks are a lot more expensive.

After several surgeries she can still barely see and she's now able to hear a little. She no longer lives here but she came to visit not long ago and I gave her a few more old audiobooks.

Just think if she had a Paperwhite 3 with this device. I could put a thousand books on it and it could read them to her. Assuming she could easily control it, and I have no idea about that yet, it would be ideal. I'm pretty sure she'll want one if she can make it work.

Anyway I have a PW3 and when I get this thing I can try it out and if it seems plausible I'll get in touch with her and see what happens. It would be ideal for her.

The same thing could be done with a Kindle Fire but that has a pretty complicated interface. She tried a tablet a long time ago and wasn't able to make it work. Hopefully this will be easier.

It's not crazy. It's about people who love to read and have limitations and the more choices they have the better chance there'll be something that works for them. There's nothing at all crazy about that.

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Guessing you cant READ Barry. Never said the thing was Crazy. But I think it Crazy to have it work on a PW. None of my Blind friends which I have several bother with Lights. Why Not have it Work on the Basic? Its Cheaper And No Lights makes it one lees thing the Blind have to worry about. Saves Battery also.
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TTS was the Main reason I hung on to my K3 Long after I couldn't see the words to read them. As said TTS is Not available on all e-books. I be interested in this working with e-books that don't have TTS. That being said I will what till some gets theirs & hope they let the rest of us know. I myself have Too many returns already I don't need another one
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Guessing you cant READ Barry. Never said the thing was Crazy. But I think it Crazy to have it work on a PW. None of my Blind friends which I have several bother with Lights. Why Not have it Work on the Basic? Its Cheaper And No Lights makes it one lees thing the Blind have to worry about. Saves Battery also.
Because the basic is going t be replaced. The new basic is codenamed "Woody".
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As said TTS is Not available on all e-books. I be interested in this working with e-books that don't have TTS.
I think that the DeDRM plugin also enables TTS on Kindle books.
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