Amazon retreats on text-to-speech issue for Kindle 2

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In a move that increases the importance of the DAISY protocol for making information inclusive regardless of disability Amazon.com has retreated from non-discrimination:


Apparently, Amazon won't fight the publishing industry on the issue of whether the Kindle 2's text-to-speech function violates copyright. The retailer, which makes the popular Kindle electronic-book reader, announced late Friday that the company is modifying systems to allow authors and publishers to decide whether to enable Kindle's text-to-speech function on a per-title basis.

Information on the DAISY project:

http://www.tsbvi.edu/textbooks/afb/kit/tkit13.htm

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