So what's the difference?
(Specifically, this site is depriving me of income.)
My initial idea was a browser extension, akin to Pocket, where you click on any article, and then get a narrated version into an app or your personal podcast feed within a few hours. I was afraid it would be very expensive to execute if ton of people would request a vast range of articles, and recording would get little reuse. So I limited articles selection to HN only and decided to launch like this and test the demand.
I agree with the other commenters here, and starting to see how distribution makes all the difference. Again, my intention was not to distribute or to re-distribute the content. But just to help consume it, when there is no time to read.
I'm considering taking the following steps:
- turning all possible ways accessing narrated versions from the site — so we are not distributing it.
- linking up to Pocket API or building a separate Chrome extension, where users can submit what articles they'd like to listen to. And then providing them this on a personal basis. It'll be a "human screenreader".
What do you guys think? Would you like to use this kind of "human screenreader"? Would content creators object? What are the copyright implications?
Screen readers apply their transform to source content. By becoming that source (regardless of transform) you are distributing it with control of all the benefits involved, such as community, traffic, and ultimately revenue.
Imagine Google AMP or Facebook articles with no way to opt-out (and maybe subscription fee).