New Kindle EBR with text-to-speech via Bluetooth!
Big, big news!
Amazon has introduced a new EBR (E-Book Reader…not a backlit tablet) which can do TTS (text-to-speech) via Bluetooth!
This is extraordinarily good news, as far as I am concerned.
Text-to-speech (software which reads a book out loud to you) has been a big part of my life since it was introduced to the Kindle line with the Kindle 2. I typically listen to it for hours in a week in the car. I actually prefer it to audiobooks (recorded versions of a book, usually read by an actor or the author)…I don’t like the narrator interpreting the characters for me, unless I’ve already read the book, in which case it is like seeing a movie.
This is the new “entry level” Kindle: $79.99 with Special Offers, $99.99 without them.
Yes, you’ll need a Bluetooth speaker of some kind to hear the audio (which also includes navigation audio), but I have plenty of those…even in the car.
It’s a game changer.
Well, honestly, I’ll probably still be using my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX in the car…I use it for other things, and I don’t want to carry an EBR and a tablet with me to work (although I do bring my Amazon Tap Echo device in my laptop case).
Other stats are also good on this: it’s thinner, lighter, and comes in black or white.
It does not have the frontlighting of the Paperwhite, Voyage, or Oasis.
The screen sharpness isn’t as good as those other models either, but this is a good workhorse: great for a guest Kindle, for example.
I would have bought an Oasis, but Amazon will not sell it without an animal leather cover (at least, that was the case the last time I asked them), and I don’t use leather.
It’s possible this Bluetooth TTS will come to the Oasis, by the way.
I think this will be a popular model, although if you don’t care about the text-to-speech, I wouldn’t say that you need to upgrade from the previous version.
You can pre-order now for July 7th delivery (I have). 🙂
Nice to see Amazon still innovating on EBRs! They are also answering a concern people have had who want a non-backlit reading device and TTS: thanks, Amazon!
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