Amazon Caves on Kindle 2, Blind Protest

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The National Federation of the Blind took to the streets of New York to protest Amazon’s weak spine regarding The Author’s Guild’s stance on the twenty-year-old Text-to-Speech technology that was bundles into the Kindle 2.

To quote John Mahoney:

Basically the story is this: the Author’s Guild raised issue with the Kindle 2’s new robotic text-to-speech feature, which can read any Kindle book aloud in a synthesized voice—naturally, a feature that would be an absolute delight for the vision impaired. The Author’s Guild, however, saw things differently, stating that eBooks are not sold with “performance” rights and that the Kindle’s read-aloud feature would cut into the sales of audio books.

More photos from the protest can be seen over at Gizmodo.

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