Hello jaap and other readers,
> - Is the speech quality of the synthesizers good enough?
I am afraid, that depends on the language being used. There are pretty
good speech synthesizers for the English language; however, even good
German speech synthesizers in my oppinion are not what You might expect to
enjoy when listening to a talking book. It should also not be forgotten
that we computer users are used to speech synthesizers and can listen to
them for hours; but what about older people who might also have some
> ? - What do you think of indexing on cassettes by a
> synthesizer reader? -
I guess, that would be acceptable.
> - For which target group do you think
> synthesizer-recorded books can be produced?
For people who are used to synthethic voices, for example students and
other professionals, who need quick acces to a book and cannot wait until
some person will record it.
> - Is it a good idea to produce and distribute synthesizer read
> talking books on a larger scale?What are in general the
> advantages and disadvantages?
As hinted above, I thing books read by a synthesizer would be useful where
books must be made available quickly.
I would not use them for books people might want to listen to for
relaxation. On the other hand, if You listen to a scientific book, there
might be the need to have some words, most of all names, spelt. The reader
knows when to do that, the synthesizer might not.
Since I hardly listen to talking books, You may not regard me as an expert
on this subject. I just wanted to give a few ideas.
-- Lieber eine 5 in Mathematik als gar keine persönliche Note!
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