Major Publishers Sue Audible Over Speech-To-Text Feature

Major Publishers Sue Audible Over Speech-To-Text Feature

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In this brave new world of digital book publishing, all the major publishers are coming to terms with what they are and are not allowed to do. The latest incident comes from Amazon’s Audible who is planning to release a new speech-to-text feature that would instantly produce the words to an audiobook as they’re being spoken so that listeners can read along. Seems helpful, right? Well, it turns out all the companies that publish these books in e-book formatting are pretty pissed. If people can purchase this audiobook with viewable text, consumers will be less likely to buy the actual …