The Author's Guild has persuaded Amazon to make a feature in the Kindle 2 that reads books out loud optional for publishers to activate. The Guild's concern was apparently that Kindles could become de facto audiobooks, and thus cut into sales of audiobooks. (Never mind that the Kindle wouldn't provide the benefits of audiobooks, such as expressive readers). Makes one wonder if they will seek to turn off the text-to-audio feature in Microsoft Outlook -- the one that reads your e-mail to you.
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