Paul Aitken, director of the Author’s Guild isn’t mustard-keen on a feature of the new Amazon Kindle 2.0. If you download a book in text form, the Kindle will read it aloud.
“They don’t have the right to read a book out loud,” said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. “That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law.”
These are Neil Gaiman’s thoughts:
My point of view: When you buy a book, you’re also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one’s going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors’ societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what’s good about them with it.
I agree entirely with Mr Gaiman — as a reader, a listener and an author.