New! Text-to-speech comes to the Echo!
This is one of those crossover stories, which belongs both here and in my The Measured Circle blog!
You can now use your
to listen to text-to-speech!
This is a huge development for me, and it will be for other people.
People with print disabilities, for example, can use the Echo to read a book…and making the request verbally may be a lot easier than using a tablet. It also means they don’t need to have a tablet.🙂
I would expect it to come to the
soon (it wasn’t there right now)…meaning that a print disabled person could have a TTS device for under $50.
It’s very simple. Just say, “Alexa, read The War of the Worlds” or whatever book is in your Cloud which has not had text-to-speech access blocked by the publisher (and has text…graphic novels usually aren’t accessible to TTS even if the publisher doesn’t take an action to block it).
It also means that kids can have Alexa read to them…no, I don’t think that’s the same as a loving adult reading to them, but it could still be good developmentally, and might really help with kids with certain learning disabilities as they sight-read and listen at the same time.
You can tell which books you have with TTS available by going to the Alexa app and going to
Home – Menu (three horizontal lines) – Kindle Books
You can see more details in my post in The Measured Circle:
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