Catalog of Missing Devices: TextToSpeech

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In 2009, Amazon introduced, then rescinded a feature that allowed Kindle owners to have their Kindles read any text aloud. This was a godsend for people with print disabilities and anyone who wanted to have text converted to speech. But even though people had bought devices and titles with this feature in mind, Amazon caved to a few audiobook publishers and reached into peoples’ devices, removing this feature from them. Text-to-speech is no more or less illegal on your Kindle than it is on your laptop, phone or other device — but if you have to bypass Amazon’s DRM to install the feature, you risk liability under Section 1201 of the DMCA.


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Author: Cory Doctorow

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