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Updated: 2018-01-17T02:41:35.408-08:00

 



Yeah, its not free, but IMHO its worth buying, if ...

2010-02-11T11:29:13.637-08:00

Yeah, its not free, but IMHO its worth buying, if you want the best voices the realspeak ausi voices to me sound the best Lee sounds very close to human.
You should be able to use your kindle to play files you make with textaloud (in mp3 format) as well, I use my sansa fuze with ogg vorbis, it saves space and sounds better at lower bitrate(smaller files)

I would like to see a decent ebook reader come out that could use text to speach voices to read the book to you, but I think your best option for something like that is likely buying a internet tablet like the archos5 or 7 (they can run windows 7) and just use text aloud on it.

I am an avid reader, I have had to force (FORCE) myself to not read in bed, because i endup not getting any sleep when i have a good book :P



AzureSky, The textaloud for non-eye-times is a ...

2010-02-11T00:17:33.060-08:00

AzureSky,
The textaloud for non-eye-times is a good idea.



I found this thanks to your link at jlake's bl...

2010-02-10T17:29:01.920-08:00

I found this thanks to your link at jlake's blog, First, I do not agree with jay on this stuff.

All this is going to do is promote piracy of ebooks, Look at music and movies, same problem....

Also the assertion that an ebook isnt any cheaper to make/publish/distribute then a "dead tree" version is laughable at best, this whole situation smacks of the greed of troglodytes who lack a true understanding of the internet and how it works, as well as the kind of people that make up the target market for ebooks(i have yet to meet somebody who has and uses an ebook reader thats at least not a little bit of a tech geek)

I really do feel this is going to come back to bite publishers in the arse......

I dont buy hard cover books because they are just to dm big to carry around and read, Hell I have started using textaloud to make my own audio books because i can listen to them in situations where i really couldnt be reading :)



Paul, I'm pretty old and not prone to thinkin...

2010-02-09T11:55:01.981-08:00

Paul,
I'm pretty old and not prone to thinking of businesses as do-gooders, not Amazon, not Macmillan. I think that forcing higher prices to be used by all stores with a threat of holding back its authors' e-books for 7 months while giving those to companies that comply with the fixed pricing is throwing a fit and making it legal :-)

Macmillan in all its time at Fictionwise has not moved on its alleged "dynamic" pricing.
Sargent is such a miser and so threatened by the idea someone might read an e-book for less than $15 that he won't allow e-books to be in public libraries.

We agree on one thing. Both companies are out for themselves. In this case, authors are siding with the source of their revenue (frequently with too much animosity and even scorn as in this note toward the customers being addressed) and customers are siding with the company that will cost them less per bestseller. We are all basically selfish.

Needing to pay a bit more money, one can see, but 50% in one fell swoop with no store Sale events allowed, that's going to be too much for most customers, especially in this economy.

I haven't acted as if Amazon is Robin Hood - that's your fantasy. Customers act in their self-interest just as authors and publishers do. We all mouth off because it's somewhat important to us.

Your last sentence is the typical Macmillan author's final forum-posting statement. It's as if you folks are following a script - one that's sure to lose you buying customers because it is so hostile to the audience you want money from for your work.

Amazon customers are not nearly as gullible as you would love to think, though it may fit with your view of any customers who wouldn't want to pay that much for an e-book. It works the other way around, with publishers and their authors. It's a tough world.

It WAS amazing to me as I read this that you actually wrote that last sentence. The Amazon forums have other authors there saying writing the same final sentence to other customers but there, in the thousands. Even then, I do get the sense it's a genuine sentiment. Good luck on future sales.

But you're still exactly right on one thing. Most customers really won't be buying the e-books at those prices.

Thanks for taking the time to write your point of view.



Sanity check? Really. Because all ebooks were 9.9...

2010-02-09T09:46:55.588-08:00

Sanity check? Really. Because all ebooks were 9.99$ on the Kindle up until this point? Last I checked Amazon let a lot of best sellers hike up their prices to get more money out of it.

Look, Amazon is a big business. They're just as evil as any other big business. They don't care about you, the customer. They care about selling Kindles. They want Kindle books to be cheaper than iPad books.

Macmillan's contract with Kindle was up for renewal and they asked to change stuff they didn't like. Duh, that happens all the time when contracts are up. Amazon throw a fit, took down the books to try and bully a fixed price point.

And yes, AMAZON's is the fixed price point. Macmillan's is a dynamic one, reflecting the whole hardcover->paperback cycle that currently exist.

Are they both acting fairly? probably not. But don't act like Amazon is Robin Hood. If you buy into that Bullshit, you must be very gullible, indeed.

Don't like $9.99 e-books? No one put a gun to you head and forced you to buy them.



Anonymous (one of the many :-) Your last sen...

2010-01-31T16:23:00.105-08:00

Anonymous (one of the many :-)

Your last sentence says it all. I think I called it the prophet's dream fulfilled, the prophet being Mr. Jobs.



spot on coverage. thanks for the sanity check. i&#...

2010-01-31T16:13:36.442-08:00

spot on coverage. thanks for the sanity check. i'm sorry reading (for those of us with modest incomes that choose not to go the piracy route) will suffer. steve jobs makes his prophecy come true: "no one reads anymore."



With real books, you can resell them and recoup so...

2010-01-31T14:29:25.372-08:00

With real books, you can resell them and recoup some of your cost. With e-books, you can't. Nor can you lend e-books to friends. For me, the consumer, those differences explain why I'll pay $9.99 for an e-book...but no more.