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  1. DK
    DK February 12, 2009 at 11:35 am |

    Interesting argument, but there isn’t even consensus in the literary community. Neil Gaiman’s opinion differs from the Guild’s, and I’ve linked to it below. To summarize, he says:

    “When you buy a book, you’re also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one’s going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors’ societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what’s good about them with it.”

    Of course, Gaiman is one of the few authors able to make a living off his writing, due to his novels, comics, and movie deals. Additionally, he writes fiction so, as he points out, TTS might be expertly concatenated, but it has no sense of dramatic or comedic pacing, which leads to an underwhelming user experience.

    I wonder, however, if nonfiction authors–especially those who write books people read for content instead of pleasure–feel the same way. Nonfiction sells better than fiction, so I can only presume the bulk of Kindle downloads will be nonfiction…

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