Authors Guild calls foul on Amazon’s Kindle


A group that represents authors is urging its members to be wary of the text-to-speech feature on Amazon’s updated Kindle electronic reading gadget, saying it could violate copyrights.

The Author’s Guild says the Kindle 2’s “Read to Me” feature presents a significant challenge to the publishing industry because it could eventually undermine the market for audio books.

Guest: Nilay Patel, Engadget

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2 Responses to “Authors Guild calls foul on Amazon’s Kindle”

  1. Ro says:

    I have had software that will read audio books to me for well over a year now. It is no competition to audiobooks because audiobooks are read by actors who bring the story to life whereas a computer voice is soulless. This feature is only of interest to those with partial, diminished or non existent sight and anyone who would try to take this away from them is selfish and bitter.

  2. coffee says:

    The Kindle is like a convergence of old school and new school technology, new and old rules too