[Athen] Amazon purchases Ivona TTS company

Wink Harner foreigntype at cox.net
Thu Jan 24 20:22:41 PST 2013

This will probably make the voices more visible and convenient for users to
find & download.

Thanks for passing this along, Sean.


Wink Harner
Accessibility Consultant
The Foreign Type
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[mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Sean J
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:02 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Amazon purchases Ivona TTS company

For those that follow text-to-speech companies (yes, I need to get a life),
the news today is that Amazon.com has purchased Ivona Software.
Ivona is the company behind several high-quality voices that offer some of
the best TTS conversions available. The full press-release is at:

If you have not tried out any of the voices, check out the site at:

You can enter up to 250 characters of text and have it read by their
different voice offerings.

Take care,

Sean Keegan
Associate Director, Assistive Technology Office of Accessible Education -
Stanford University http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/oae
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