reading rights coalition

KEI Statement on Random House decision to turn off text to speech in ebooks

"KEI is disappointed that Random House is turning off text to speech in Kindle 2 ebooks. In a world where access to knowledge is central to everything, Random House certainly understands this action will isolate and marginalize many persons with reading disabilities. Contracts that prohibit the use of assistive technologies like text to speech should not be enforceable."

James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International,

+1 (202) 332 2670,

For more background on this dispute, see:

Slideshow: Text to speech in Kindle 2.

On April 7, 2009, the Reading Rights Coalition held a demonstration in front of the Authors Guild in New York City, to protest the Guild's opposition to the text-to-speech feature in Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book reader.

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