When Amazon announced Voiceview for Kindle yesterday, many current Kindle owners were frustrated that the new accessibility feature required a hardware accessory which could only be bought with a new Kindle Paperwhite as part of a $140 bundle.
Now there's a cheaper option. A reader has tipped me to a new product listing for the Kindle audio adapter, which Amazon is now selling by itself for only $20.
According to the listing, the audio adapter will only work with the latest generation (7th generation) Kindle Paperwhite, which was released last year, and it looks like you will also need to provide your own headphones. So while this isn't a complete solution for existing Kindle owners, it's still better than a kick in the head.
I bought one, and I will be testing it with my 6th-gen Kindle Paperwhite and the loaner Kindle Oasis I got a couple weeks back. If it works I will be sure to report the good news.
Thanks, Tom, for the tip!