Voice Dream Reader was always about text-to-speech, so whenever I was asked to add audiobook support, my thought was, why would I do that? Audiobooks and text-to-speech are competing technologies. I need to stick with my specialty, particularly since Voice Dream Reader is widely considered the best text-to-speech app in the market.
Two months ago, an organization, Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled, approached me and offered to underwrite the development of audiobook support. Specifically, support for DAISY 2.02 audiobooks. While I appreciated that someone would pay me to add a feature to my app, my first instinct was to politely decline. (more…)