Amazon Bought Text-To-Speech Software Company

downloadLilliputing (a great little tech website) is reporting that Amazon has purchased Ivona Software, which specializes in text to speech software.  Currently it offers 44 voices in 17 different languages.

I am surprised that Amazon is expanding its reaching into text to speech after it removed the feature from its e-ink kindles.  The newest Kindle Fires have text to speech (but the first generation Kindle Fire did not.)

Amazon has said it will continue to support e-ink kindles, but I do get concerned when all of their development seems to be in the tablet market.

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