In addition to the orientation-lock button, yesterday's pre-order commencement delivered another surprise nugget: the iPad will read all EPUB books out loud. If you remember the shitstorm that surrounded Kindle's text-to-voice feature, you'll know that this is a bold move.
The National Federation of the Blind's Imbroglio with the Author's Guild and their distaste for the Kindle 2's text-to-speech function is heating up. Today they took it to the Guild's own doorstep here in NYC.
The notoriously litigious ink-lovers at the Writers Guild are mad at Amazon again—this time for the Kindle 2's text-to-speech feature. Apparently, Amazon is effectively stealing and giving away audiobooks, or something.