James Bridle on the “future of books,” in an interview with Hugh McGuire
Poor, poor consumers. We never get to drive anymore.
Would rights-holders like the opportunity to slap a sticker on a book that says, “I, the author of the book you’re about to read, hereby forbid you from reading this book aloud to your friend, your family, your ill loved one, or your child”?
I’m a rights holder in addition to being a consumer (I like to sometimes call myself an “author”), and I’m appalled. Better let my publishers (who, thanks, don’t all own the rights to the text in my books) know that I want the Kindle 2* to be enabled for TTS for my books.
*Ironically, I think the choke-hold Amazon is poised to have on the publishing industry because of its proprietary Kindle format and immense reach ain’t such a great thing; when I do get a reader for myself it won’t be a Kindle.