The Authors' Guild claims that the text-to-speech feature on Amazon's new Kindle infringes authors' copyright.
"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," claims Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild.
"That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."
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The Authors' Guild is specifically concerned over a new feature that reads eBooks' text aloud with a computer-generated voice. Which, going from Amazon's own demos online, seems to sound a little bit like a Speak&Spell
In response, an Amazon rep claims that listeners will not confuse Kindle 2's text-to-speech tech with an the audiobook experience.
TechRadar has contacted the Authors' Guild for further comment on this story.