I now spend at least 50% of my book and periodical time being read to by my Kindle. I imagine the same is possible on an iPad.
In the morning I work out for 40 minutes while my Kindle reads the Sports Page to me. Then, while I prepare breakfast it reads me the
front page. Later while I drive to work I read whatever book I am currently working on via a jack through my car’s sound system.
I read a variety of books this way but romances and Lawrence Block mysteries work particularly well. Some non-fiction read this way is too dry to hold my interest but others are very well suited.
One interesting trend that I have noticed is that more best sellers are choosing NOT to disable text to speech when publishing. In the past authors and/or publishers probably would do this to protect their audio book selling rights but I think (or hope) they are realizing that the buyers who are interested in using text to speech (T2S) to read their book are distinct from the audiobook market.
Yes listening to audiobooks is great but beyond offering the opportunity to expand my reading time, T2S allows me to pick up and actually read (the old fashioned way) the book when I have the chance. This flexibility is wonderful and not possible with an audiobook.
In most cases I won’t consider buying a book that has disabled text to speech (Issaccson’s biography of Steve Jobs is a recent exception).
So should authors write with the T2S market in mind? Not now but perhaps in the near future and especially if the T2S programs improve and gain more popularity. Does that require any changes in writing style?Heck if I know but maybe. Frankly I find that really good sparely written
prose translates beautifully to T2S while overwritten, adjective heavy prose does not.
Well, there you have it.