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Speech SW/module for PDA ebooks
Palm/Handspring/WinCE machines make useful
e-books, but the %^$&!@ small screens mean you
read Stephen King's "DreamCatcher" in itty-bitty
So how about a module (for Handspring first,
with a speech synth in it and a headphone jack?
the palm in your lap while you're
driving and listen
audio e-books! It could have several voices (like a
Mac) and it could read email digests to me, too.
||There are vastly more books available as audiobooks (on tape, on CD, ...) than in any e-book format. Why are you looking to exchange a greater selection of books read by real people and playable on anything from a Walkman to a Rio (or even a Visor with the MP3 module) for a handful of books read by a tinny synthesizer voice requiring custom hardware?
||Well, of course, if you have a Palm that you already carry with you much of the time, it would be nice not to have to also carry a CD or tape player, and the associated discs or tapes.
||But it will be some time before text/voice conversion software gets close enough to human speech to make this worth doing, and I bet by that time there will be enough RAM in the Palm devices to store an MP3 or similar version of the audio recording.
||IMHO the internet is porn, chat, and a resource for the education of the masses.