[Athen] Kindle DX - hands on!

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Fri May 15 10:14:55 PDT 2009

Afternoon, when you create the MP3 files from the text materials the DRM is
not transferred over though that is being worked on.

The difference is the Kindle is currently a closed environment and the
ability to turn off/on the TTS is an internal function to the device. The
properties will be enabled/disabled in the transaction between the device
and the document provider.

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Nettie Fischer
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:57 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Kindle DX - hands on!

Hello all -

I have a question regarding the TTS situation with readers.

I have a Sony ebook and it has MP3 capabilities. If I use my software
(i.e., text aloud) and download books, copy paste into software and save as
an MP3 file which I would transfer to my ebook and "listen" to the book -
Sounds very plausable to me but to date have not tried it.

I use Cutepdf to convert text files to pdf files and have copy pasted the
files in textaloud for wave files and have been able to listen to a story,
that is why it sounds like a virtual 'roundabout' to me.

Comments are invited and welcome.


On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Doug Hayman <dhayman at u.washington.edu>

Did you all see this news about the publisher being able to remotely disable
the text to speech function on their titles used in Kindle:


Doug Hayman <dhayman at u.washington.edu>
Technology Specialist
DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology)
UW Technology Services
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 221-4165

On Fri, 15 May 2009, Kelmer, Susan M. wrote:

I was just informed that I am getting a Kindle DX. I am not allowed to
tell anyone else in the department. My coworker across the desk is
playing 20 questions to find out what it is I'm getting, but I can't
tell her, and it's driving her crazy. They unit has been ordered but
right now Amazon isn't shipping them. Hopefully it will be in my hands

So, should I gear up for a presentation on the Kindle for AHG this fall?
I wasn't going to submit a proposal this year, but with this thing
falling in my lap, well, I can't really say no to doing a presentation
on the device, right? Would anyone be interested in such a

Susan Kelmer

Adaptive Technology Specialist/

Lab Coordinator, Campus Labs and Classrooms

St. Louis Community College - Meramec


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