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Kindle Fire Text to Speech has stopped working

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Offline sentinel
16 Feb 2017, 03:50 PM | Post: #1

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Kindle Fire Text to Speech has stopped working

My partner has a 7 inch Kindle Fire (D059 of 2012) I bought for her as it has the facility to read books to her, which, as she has a learning dissabiity and cannot read, is a necessity. last year I changed debit cards and eventually Kindle subsequently rather unhelpfully just sent a essage saying my subscriptions had expired withut telling me how to amend matters. After some months of intermittant struggle I have managed to sort that out. She has also been in and out of hospital which as also taken my eye off the ball somewhat.

Now, that all maybe unconnected to the real problem she has now found when she has started to re-use it; now it does not read to her as it used to, so she cannot use it. The UK 0800 help number she used when she first had it (and it overheated from new) is no longer active just an unhelpful mesage telling you to go the the Amazon.uk homepage; which is not very helpfull for someone who cannot read or write (compliance with the UK Disability Discrimination Act etc. anyone? ), anyway I looked at the so-called help pages and found it of no help in this case.

To explain a bit more, if you double tap on the upper centre part of the page the 'start to play bar' (for lack of a better description.....) appears at the bottom of the page, you tap on the sideways triangle to start playing and that changes to the pause symbol but nothing actually happens. Yes the volume is turned up! From memory I think I remember it used to highlight the text as it read it, which does not occur now.

I have tried to re-boot (holding power button in for 40 seconds) but that did not help, checking that the text to speech is turned on in settings shows that it is. I realise (remembered) not all books are text to speech enabled but she has tried on books that she has had it read to her before.

So I throw ourselves at the mercy of this forum to help resolve, whatevery simple thing it is we are doing wrong!

Regards all.

Ian
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RE: Kindle Fire Text to Speech has stopped working

Not sure if this helps.
I have a Fire 8 HD and double tapping the centre of the screen doesn't work.
A single tap in the centre of the screen brings up the 'start to play' bar and the text is not highlighted as it reads.
Hope you manage to get it going again.
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Offline sentinel
17 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Kindle Fire Text to Speech has stopped working

(16 Feb 2017 06:48 PM)Gordon Bickerstaff Wrote: Wrote:  Not sure if this helps.
I have a Fire 8 HD and double tapping the centre of the screen doesn't work.
A single tap in the centre of the screen brings up the 'start to play' bar and the text is not highlighted as it reads.
Hope you manage to get it going again.
Thank you for that; sitting watching the screen for long enough, it does eventually flick over to the next page; so it is going through the text, only it does not utter a sound. Hmmmm........
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RE: Kindle Fire Text to Speech has stopped working

Might be worth checking the speakers. Will it play music or a video clip?
If the speakers are still working then it might be something faulty with
the voice programme. Maybe choosing a different voice could help.
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