Anyone have a Kindle reader solution?

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  1. fossum

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    I'm about to leave for a week long ride, so probably too late for this ride. However, in the future I'd like to listen to some of my Kindle books on the road. I have a BT helmet and both the Kindle Android app and Kindle Paperwhite. I understand I can buy an audio book, but I think there could be an app to read existing books aloud.

    Is there anyway to read the text aloud while I ride?
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  2. dpike

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    if you buy it in kindle do you get a discount in audible ?

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    it think it would be pretty horrible to have some text to speech program read through a book, there are some absolutely fantastic readers that bring a whole 'nother level to the audiobook (scott brick, frank muller, stephen fry)
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  3. JR356

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    Agree with audiobooks.
    Also look at podcasts,number of interesting subjects out there,although presenter quality may not be as good as the audiobooks.

    I spent a portion of my riding vacation 2 years ago listening to podcasts to study for a national recertification exam,when on long stretches of road.
    Found it best to pause when in cities/heavy traffic,as it was a bit distracting in those situations and I did not want to miss an important point of the podcast.

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  4. X-wing fighter

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    I am going to be using audible. The kindle reading a book to you is horrid! You can download the audible app and get a free book! 10-15 hours per book is a fairly decent trip. I downloaded 4 for my upcoming trip!
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  5. lkraus

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    My Kindle Keyboard will convert text to speech, so does my Android ebook app, Moon+ Reader Pro. I do not use that feature very often as I do not like the lack of inflection and the unnatural pacing of the speech. My elderly mother did like the TTS of the Kindle because it let her stay connected with her book club after her eyes became too weak to read an entire book.

    Check with your public library. Both of my local systems offer audiobooks for free download with an app. Ebooks, too.
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  6. brianpc

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    If anyone finds a great solution for listening to Audiobooks while riding, I am all ears (pun intended). I have so much wind noise coupled with my Sena 20S & earplugs, and I can never get the volume loud enough to hear the enunciation of spoken word (music is ok though). The wind noise is just too much. Would love to have podcasts or audiobooks playing on long stretches of touring/ freeway.

    I have a minimal windscreen but I've heard (again, pun intended lol) that the taller windscreens aren't much help (ambient wind / road noise, motor noise)?

    Is the solution in-ear plugs? Holding off on that route, personally - I like the earplugs w/ the Sena speakers but it's not always great audio quality.

    Regarding Kindle text to speech - no thanks. Sign up for Audible (or link it to your Amazon account, if you have a kindle). Their book production is usually great - when they narrate the stories and not 'act them out' like radio plays.
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  7. PDXATAS

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    I rode for awhile with Bose QC30 noise canceling in-ear plugs. It's take a few times to perfect getting your helmet on with them in your ears but once you get it on it's a nice paring. The noise canceling is about on par with what my foam earplugs provide but with the clarity of audio that my Sena can't provide.
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  8. PK2

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    Not meaning to hijack the thread, but if you listen to podcasts, have a listen to "My dad wrote a porno ".
    It's hilarious.
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  9. Albie

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    You may want to play around with the speaker position. I have the 20S EVO and I have no problems listening to sports talk radio with earplugs in and a fairly noisy Arai XD helmet. I also have some hearing loss.
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  10. dpike

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    My Nexx Wed2 had thin foam and fabric on the cheek pads that covered the speakers, i took a hand held hold puncher and popped a couple holes into the fabric and it made the sound much brighter and less muddled.
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  11. Carlisja

    Carlisja A wandering soul. Super Supporter

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    The 20s has a plug for earphones. Get a set of S-Plugs and you will be turning the volume down while still having the effect of earplugs. http://www.plugup.com/mobile/Product.aspx?ProductCode=S+22-3.5-4.5
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  12. dpike

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    Lol.. this is a riot.
    Thanks !
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  13. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    Public libraries are the way to go.
    Get the Libby app (or Overdrive, same features basically). You enter your library card numbers for as many library systems as you’re able.
    Search around and you can find a lot of libraries with large digital collections that you can join even if you don’t live anywhere near them.

    I rarely use my kindle (or audible) anymore, unless I need something quickly and the libraries all have a long wait.

    Either way, I don’t have a BT communicator, so I just use Shure SE215 headphones wired directly to my phone. The phone goes in jacket breast pocket. Works great for me, and it at least feels like they protect my hearing.
    I am listening to either an audiobook or music pretty much every day while commuting.
    For reference this is on a naked bike, helmet is Arai Vector 2.
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  14. Albie

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    I use my Kindle device and the app all the time to read the library books I DL through the Libby app, they also have a lot of audible books you can check out. I almost never buy digital books, between the library and the Prime loan program I have way more free digital content then I can ever hope to read.
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