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Last week’s post featured some of the highlights of the Kindle and Kindle app for the PC for classroom use. The Kindle app for the iPhone is one more choice in this category. Kindle for the iPhone offers fun, on-the-go options for reading — anywhere, any time. Once you’ve installed the free app, you can send copies of all your e-books from your Amazon.com account to your iPhone. (This is another nice feature of Kindle books — you can have all your books available on all your devices, and never again be caught without something to read!)
But like the Kindle for PC app, the iPhone app has no text-to-speech capability. And unfortunately, the Kindle iPhone app (tested on an iPhone 4s) does not allow the reader/user to copy and paste text from a Kindle book. This means that you won’t be able to use inexpensive text-to-speech software, such as SpeakIt, to provide reading support.
There may be a workaround to remedy this shortcoming — if anyone knows of a way to do this, please let us know!
Text-to-speech functionality is really one of the best arguments for using e-books with students – especially ELLs and students with learning disabilities. Stanza remains the best option for apps if you want and need this feature. Read more here about how to use the text-to-speech apps.