Re: the DTBM machine from nls


Donald L. Roberts
 

Certainly, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion; however, I find it nothing short of amazing Carolyn that you would voluntarily give up Bookshare. In my opinion, it is the best fifty dollars per year that I ever spent. I use the past tense because now in some States including California, some anonymous donor has purchased many Bookshare subscriptions.

Although I understand the objection to synthetic speech, its use lowers production costs tremendously and gives the end user access to far more books than if human speech were used.

Don Roberts

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carolyn Arnold" <4carolyna@windstream.net>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2019 7:33 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine from nls


|I gave up Book Share after one year. I could not stand the
| synthesizer voices on my Victor Reader stream, read only two
| books for $50.00? Now, if they were like Samantha on iOS or
| Talk Back with Android, I might have endured better, just
| not sure.
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| Best regards,
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| Carolyn
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Loy
| Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:27 PM
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine from nls
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| I don't like synthesizer voices for pleasure reading, I hope
| NLS does not convert to synthesized voices. Use bookshare
| if you want the synthesized voices.
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| ----- Original Message -----
| From: brian <mailto:sackriderbrian45@gmail.com>
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2019 10:02 PM
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine from nls
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| I often do prefer a synthesized voiceto many
| human readers. Once I am farmiure with the way that the
| voice pronounces certain words then I am fine with that
| because it will always be the same. Many naratoors have
| accents that I may not know what the words they are saying.
| Aferican Americans are good for this they can be quite
| difficult to understand and not just as readers. In my
| opinion most of them need speech tharapy. I am not saying
| that every one talks like this because they don't. In fact
| i have heard some people that I would have never guessed
| that they were Aferican american. They can talk clearly and
| inteligably if they want to. When I went to colege I had
| this problem when I got books from recording for the blind.
| I was listening to meterial with unfarmilure words and they
| way that they would pronounce words was not even close to
| the way that we say them. I would have done much better if
| I would have had a reading machine. I would have much
| better understod the words. I brought this up on the dvs
| list once. I told them that I would rather listen to a
| synthesized voice for dvs as well as books. I also said
| this on the bard talk list before. More books could be
| produced if this were done. People who have been blind for
| many years are quite use to voices like this so I think that
| is why some of us prefer a synthesized voice to many human
| readers. There are some that I do like the ones that change
| their voices for different people and emotions. They are
| like actors even if they are or not and I know that some
| are. I think that most sighted people might be awhear that
| we do use synthesized voices in so many every day products.
| Everything from our computers to phones to clocks and more.
| For them they may not have had very much experience with
| synthesized voices and thats why they have a hard time
| understanding them. My friend can understand narator butnot
| much of nvda or jaws.
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| Brian Sackrider
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| On 2/6/2019 1:11 PM, Gene wrote:
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| I often prefer reading books using a
| synthesized voice. I can check spellings if I want to, and
| I can understand speech at faster rates more reliably
| because different readers have different ways of reading.
|
| Gene
| ----- Original Message -----
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| From: Pamela Dominguez
| <mailto:pammygirl99@gmail.com>
| Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:22 AM
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine
| from nls
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| I know that the Victor devices and the
| bookport and the plextalk can read
| BARD braille books. That wasn't what I
| said. My point was, why would you
| want to? And the only thing I could think
| of is if somebody doesn't know
| braille, and there is a book that is only in
| braille that they want to read.
| Pam.
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: Carolyn Arnold
| Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:59 AM
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine
| from nls
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| BARD Braille would be read by the A Capella
| voices on a
| Victor Reader Stream.
|
| Best regards,
|
| Carolyn
|
|
| -----Original Message-----
| From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf
| Of Pamela
| Dominguez
| Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 5:58 AM
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine
| from nls
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| I don't know about reading them with the
| BARD ap, but I do
| know you can read braille digital books with
| a few of the
| players you can buy. You can't read them
| with the digital
| player that they give out, because it has no
| text to speech
| ability in it. But I don't really see a
| reason to listen to
| braille, unless you can't read braille, and
| that's the only
| format of a certain book you can get. Pam.
|
| -----Original Message-----
| From: Olusegun -- Victory Associates LTD,
| Inc.
| Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:32 PM
| To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
| <mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io>
| Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the DTBM machine
| from nls
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| Well, all the books I have grabbed from NLS
| have been read
| by human readers!
| These are audio books. I don't believe one
| can read .brf
| NLS books yet with the BARD App. That
| aside, I think that
| when such materials become accessible in
| Android, they'll
| probably be read with synthetic speech
| unless one chooses to
| read them using a Braille display
| unit/notetaker.
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| For me, I can do without the DTBM readers
| since I have the
| books on my toy and I can launch the BARD
| app at anytime and
| read to my soul's content.
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| Sincerely,
| Olusegun
| Denver, Colorado
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