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Kindle for iOSKindle for iOS received a major update yesterday, allowing it to work with the VoiceOver features of the iPhone and iPad.

This is a good thing for the blind and visually impaired. It also has application for sighted readers who don’t mind computer text-to-speech voices and want to listen to their books on the go.

I tested it out for a bit. VoiceOver takes some getting used to, if you’ve never used it. I had to relearn most of the ways I interact with my iPad, but I finally figured it out well enough to get my Kindle app reading to me.

If you’ve ever used text-to-speech (TTS), you already know that it will never replace a human reader, and this experience was about what I expected. VoiceOver is a pretty robotic voice, and it’s nothing like Ivona for the Android. However, it worked well enough. I compared it to Text to Speech on my Kindle Touch, and I prefer the Kindle’s voice, but they were close.

There were some enhancement to the “Before You Go” feature, which I never use. They also included an additional font selection for Japan.

The other enhancements were minor, but if you’re willing to learn a new interface and like having your books read to you, this is an update to grab quickly.

* This post originally appeared on GadgeTell, a TeleRead sister site

 
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