Archive for March 26th, 2012
( How to make iBooks on Apple iPad read a full book to you – here )
My huge disappointment with the Kindle Fire was its inability to read aloud a book. That is, text to speech. This is a feature I use constantly on my Kindle e-ink reader. If you are like me, you can multi-task. Do one thing and listen to a book in the background. Or, for some books that require a bit of concentration, sit back and just listen attentively while Kindle e-ink reader reads to you.
Let Kindle Fire Speak !!
There is a free Open Source Android book reader application that uses the internal TTS (Text to Speech) capability of the Kindle Fire to read a book
You can read the blog article here -
and you can get the software here -
The application, Cool Reader, is not delivered by the Amazon App Store. You must install it manually – which took all of about 15 seconds. I downloaded the application from the web browser on the Kindle. (Click the link above if you are reading this posting on the Kindle Fire). The file is about 3MB. After download I navigated to the Kindle downloads folder and then tapped on the installer package. The installer started and asked to confirm the install the application. A few seconds later, Cool Reader was installed.
Please realize that getting apps in this way you are bypassing the Amazon App Store and any application vetting and security screening Amazon might do before applications are placed there for distribution.
My Kindle Fire suffered no ill effects from the manual installation of the Android application (so far, that I know of)
Cool Reader’s ability to pronounce words is not as crisp and clear as the Amazon Kindle e-ink e-book readers… but it does work.
Enjoy your Kindle Fire’s new ability to read a book to you.
Read other articles on the Kindle fire on this site – http://frrl.wordpress.com/?s=kindle