Amazon has acquired IVONA Software, a text-to-speech technology company whose products power the “Text-to-Speech,” “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch” features on Kindle Fire tablets. In addition, IVONA delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses and customers around the world and offers voice and language portfolios with 44 voices in 17 languages and more in development.

Dave Limp, v-p, Amazon Kindle said, “The IVONA team shares our passion for innovation and customer obsession, and we look forward to building great products to deliver world-class voice solutions to customers around the world.”