Amazon bought a thing that does a thing Amazon also does, so presumably the first thing will help out with Amazon's thing, we think.
The thing that Amazon bought is called IVONA Software. IVONA Software is 10 years old, which means it's half way to its 20s, and that's the decade when you find out who you really are. IVONA Software does lots of text-to-speech stuff, which is good because Amazon has books and those books have lots of text Amazon would like to turn into speech. (IVONA's actually already used in a bunch of those features, but whatever.)
And for those of you think that text-to-speech is just for lazy people who don't read good, it's not (but it is a little)! [Amazon]