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Saturday, August 24, 2019

More on Imminent Audible Captioning

Recently have been reading/hearing long texts in Audible and Kindle,  usually non-fiction.   So gaining an appreciation for the difference in the way we utilize recorded knowledge in varying contexts.  Having the option of having it read to us is good, but seeing it in context provides better retention and integration.     And also has implications for accessibility.   Which leads to this new article in ArsTechnica, considerable additional discussion there:

Seven of the nation's top book publishers sued Amazon subsidiary Audible on Friday, asking federal courts to block the company from releasing a new feature called Audible Captions that's due out next month. The technology does exactly what it sounds like: display text captions on the screen of your phone or tablet as the corresponding words are read in the audio file.

The publishers argue that this is straight-up copyright infringement. In their view, the law gives them the right to control the distribution of their books in different formats. Audio is a different format from text, they reason, so Audible needs a separate license.  ......

The caption feature "is not and was never intended to be a book," Audible explained in an online statement following the lawsuit. "Listeners cannot read at their own pace or flip through pages as they could with a print book or eBook." Instead, the purpose is to allow "listeners to follow along with a few lines of machine-generated text as they listen to the audio performance."

"We disagree with the claims that this violates any rights and look forward to working with publishers and members of the professional creative community to help them better understand the educational and accessibility benefits of this innovation," Audible added.  ... "

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