Video Post: Whispersync for Voice, Immersive Reading and Text to Speech on the Kindle Fire HD!

There are some features of the new Kindle Fire HD that simply must be seen to be fully understood and appreciated, so we’re kicking off a series of video posts demonstrating those features today with one on the topic of all the ways your Kindle Fire HD can read your Kindle books aloud to you.

In the video, our Editor in Chief April Hamilton demonstrates these three options.

Whispersync for Voice – This new feature allows you to switch between the Audible audiobook and Kindle book editions whenever you like, and each format “remembers” where you left off in the other!

Immersive Reading Technology – this is similar to Text to Speech, but instead of having a computerized voice read the Kindle book to you, when you own the Audible edition you will hear that version of narration instead, and the Kindle book text will be highlighted as the narration progresses.

These first two features require that you own both the Kindle and Audible formats of a given book, so Amazon has begun offering special bundling discounts on Kindle books with an Audible audiobook edition available. After purchasing the Kindle edition, you’ll be given the option to purchase the Audible format at a discount.

You can test-drive these two features on a selection of free, public-domain classic Kindle books. Click here to see the included Kindle titles, and be sure to also get the free Audible audiobook editions when the prompt comes up after you’ve “bought” the free Kindle edition—the Audible editions are free for a limited time only, so get these right away!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR AUDIBLE MEMBERS: when you go to the Audible product page to ‘buy’ the free audiobook, by default, the box to “apply listener credit” may be checked off. If so, click the box to un-check it; you’ll still get the audiobook for free, and your Audible Listener Credit will remain unused.

Text to Speech

Last but not least, it’s that feature so many of you have been wanting on the Kindle Fire: Text to Speech is here on the Kindle Fire HD.

If you have any difficulty viewing the video embedded below, click here to view it on the YouTube site.

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