the robot voice of the Kindle 2
February 18, 2009
the upcoming release of the new Kindle includes an automated voice capable of reading along with text. the Authors Guild claims that the Text-to-Speech function is a violation of audio rights which haven’t been obtained by Amazon who obviously disagrees. Andrew Herdener, spokesperson for Amazon, explains the distinction as such “Is it illegal to read a book out loud to yourself? Is it the case that one is only allowed to legally read if one does so silently? When you listen to yourself read out loud, you’re not performing—you’d need an audience for that—and you’re not making a copy.”
the Kindle, a product that sparks discussion and debate.
posting by marin