I currently use the $79 Kindle, which doesn’t have a headphone jack (so no text-to-speech possible there). Also, a number of Kindle books do not have text to speech enabled, anyway.
So, I found myself wondering if there was any way to use Apple’s built-in text to speech to read Kindle books?
The answer was a surprisingly simple
“Yes!” “Yes, but only for a while — see update below”
- Download the Kindle for Mac desktop app.
- Load up your favorite book (even if it has Kindle’s own text-to-speech disabled).
- Reduce the font to the smallest setting. This lets you select more text in the next step.
- Highlight all the text.
- Press the text-to-speech hotkey in you selected in System Preferences > Speech > Text to Speech.
Enjoy your favorite Apple text-to-speech voice read your book to you!
UPDATE: This works until you reach the copy limit for the ebook. The process described above acts as “copying.” Then, you get a warning, and then you can’t use the process anymore. Have I mentioned how much DRM sucks?