Ectaco Selects SVOX TTS for eBook Readers and Language Learning Software

Ectaco, a provider of electronic handheld electronic dictionaries and language learning products, has integrated SVOX’s text-to-speech (TTS) solution for its new jetBook K-12 and jetBook K-12 Color educational e-readers.

The new jetBook K-12 line of eBook readers offer voice output from SVOX in English, Spanish, Czech, French, Polish, and Russian. This model will be available on June 1 in the United States. The jetBook K-12 eBook readers will be used in the U.S. education system to assist with language learning, such as mastering reading skills and pronunciation.

"The ability to have texts read aloud, either for personal or educational purposes, is a real step forward to help consumers enjoy books and to enhance language learning for all ages," said David Lubinitsky, Ectaco's CEO. "SVOX's TTS solutions offer high-quality voice output. Their low resource consumption means that we are not compromising the performance of the devices. We're excited to continue to work with SVOX to further develop the speech capabilities on our e-readers and language learning software offerings."

"Ectaco's wide range of eBook readers and translators help a large number of students to improve their language skills. With the addition of text-to-speech capabilities, users can interact with text in a new way to facilitate learning," said Martin Reber, CEO of SVOX. "As well as the educational benefits, more and more consumers are enjoying using TTS on their e-readers to enjoy their favorite novels read aloud. By adding TTS for over 25 languages, users can listen to their e-readers in a natural-sounding voice so that they can continue to enjoy their books, even while they’re busy with other activities."

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