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new cool best high technology gadgets gift kindle 2 side.jpgOh, Amazon, you don’t want this kind of publicity. Today in New York the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and its partners in the Reading Rights Coalition will protest outside the offices of the Authors Guild. Their goal is to reverse the Guild’s threat to disable text-to-speech from e-books for the Kindle 2.

It seems that when Amazon introduced the Kindle 2, it announced that it would be able to read e-books aloud, a boon for the vision-impaired. But the Authors Guild had a problem with that, and so Amazon announced that it would give authors or publishers the ability to disable text-to-speech.

When the NFB asked the Guild to reconsider, the Guild said that the vision-impaired could submit an application to a registration system or pay extra for text-to-speech versions.

The NFB isn’t cool with that, so its members are protesting today from noon until 2PM outside the Guild’s headquarters at 31 East 32nd St. If you support their cause, drop by and give them some encouragement. More details here and an online petition here.

[Update: The Author’s Guild has posted a response to the controversy here. While it gives lip-service to accessibility, it maintains that authors shouldn’t be forced to surrender their “economic rights.” Is this necessary? Is the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech so great that it’s going to cut into audio book sales?] is a gadgets review with pictures, graphics, photographs, images, videos, something else blog with webmaster’s comment. The stuffs are uploaded by users or webmaster. All of the content on this blog (including figures, graphics, photos, images, videos, something else.) is covered under Canadian, US and international copyright and trademark laws. The information contained in this web site is for general data purposes only. All the figures, graphics, photos, images, video recordings, etc., have been collected from various public sources including many sites (blogs, etc.), considering to be in public domain. We don’t own any copyright about these pics, graphics, photographs, images, videos, something like that. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, productions, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. If you find any content, pics, graphics, photos, images, video recordings, etc. that you believe shouldn’t be here, send me a removal note.

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