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Edward J Markey

Bring back TTS, Kindle

Amazon's Kindle is common enough in American life to be "the Official E-reader of the National PTA." But it could enrich the lives of many more people if recent E Ink models weren't missing text to speech (TTS) technology. TTS costs next to nothing and was available in earlier Kindles, starting with the Kindle 2. With TTS, blind kids could hear new Kindles read "Alice in Wonderland" to them. Or how about read-aloud for people with severe dyslexia? Or commuters, or exercisers living out Michelle Obama's "Let's move" slogan? The Federal Communications Commission could have unmuted Kindles. Yet on Jan. 28, the FCC granted Amazon and other...

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