If you don’t know where the “Text-to-Speech” option is, or if you’ve noticed it has disappeared from the menu options, read on.
One of the benefits of owning a Kindle is the ability of the Kindle to read to you – the voice is generated by the computer, but there are many documented cases where it has been very helpful to people with impaired vision, or reading to people “out loud” while they are driving or performing various other activities; maybe your Kindle is reading this blog to you, for example. While some publishing companies have disabled the text-to-speech option, and don’t get me started on that topic, the majority of the books available to you in the Amazon Kindle store have the text-to-speech option enabled. That means you can, if you so choose have the Kindle read along with you.
The default “voice” is a man’s voice, but in addition to pointing out to you on how to enable the feature, I’ll show you how to change it from a man’s voice to a woman’s, as well as to speed up the rate of the speech (i.e., talk faster) or slow it down.
You used to be able to enable it via the “Menu” option, but with one of the latest software upgrades it has moved.
If you would like to turn on the text-to-speech option, press the Aa button on your Kindle’s keyboard; it is located just to the right of the space bar; this is the same button you would push if you wanted to change the font size. Scroll down to the Tex-to-Speech line and click the “turn on” option.
With my Kindle, after I push this option it takes a few seconds to start the speech; your results may vary.
As I mentioned above, the default is a man’s voice but if you wanted to change to a woman’s voice just press the Aa button again. You will need to scroll down two lines past the “Text-to-Speech” line to the “Speaking Voice” line and choose “female.”
If you wanted the Kindle to read it faster or slower, you would again push the Aa button and choose one of the options just below “Text-to-Speech” for the option titled “Speech Rate” and adjust accordingly.
If you want to turn off the text-to-speech, just repeat the same procedure you did to turn it on, but choose the turn off option.
Give it a try and see if you like it. If you do, great! And if you don’t, well, you now know where the “turn off” option is!
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