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 Amazon lets authors mute Kindle books read-aloud feature

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Date posted: 01/03/2009

Amazon is yielding to concerns of authors by letting them selectively silence a read-aloud feature in Kindle 2 electronic book readers that hit the market in February.

The US Authors Guild had warned that the new Kindle feature could pose a "significant challenge" to the publishing industry and hinted at possible legal action by saying they were studying the matter closely.

"Kindle 2's experimental text-to-speech feature is legal: no copy is made, no derivative work is created, and no performance is being given," Amazon said late Friday in an announcement posted online.

"Nevertheless, we strongly believe many rightsholders will be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."

The reason for this change, is that Amazon has been pressurised by the Author's guild, into disabling it, so they can continue to sell audio books to the deaf and hard of hearing - a very lucrative market worth several billion per year. The Author's guild has made no secret of this.

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