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Authors Guild Irked By Text-To-Speech on Kindle 2 by Associated Press/USA Today.com
Review by Charles Mohapel
Associated Press/USA Today.com, The Authors Guild, Amazon News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM090212AGIBTK
Date: 12 February 2009

Links: USA Today.com Article / The Authors Guild / Kindle 2 Product Page / Show Article /

Although it just came out this week, Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book reader is being viewed as a threat to sales of audio books by The Authors Guild. They are considering "asking Amazon to disable the audio function on e-books it licenses", but in response "Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said the company has the proper license for the text-to-speech function, which comes from Nuance Communications Inc."

Will both sides come to a reasonable conclusion or will the lawyers get involved? Stay tuned.

From official release/information:

NEW YORK (AP) — The guild that represents authors is urging writers to be wary of a text-to-speech feature on Amazon.com Inc.'s updated Kindle electronic reading device.

(Source: Associated Press/USA Today.com, The Authors Guild, Amazon)

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