Random House Disables Kindle Text-To-Speech Feature

Posted May 18, 2009

Let’s say that you own a Kindle and bought several books that are publicized by Random House.  You will no longer have the ability to have the text-to-speech feature, meaning having the book read back to you.  If you are blind, then you are getting shafted here.

Random House decided to have the feature turned off as part of an option that Amazon.com gave to publishing companies.  The Authors Guild decided to protest against the text-to-speech feature shortly after the device was released.  So far at least 40 books have had the feature removed including those by authors Stephen King and Toni Morrison.

[via CrunchGear]