"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," [...]
Run that one by me again? I understand everyone wants their money, but this is absurd. How long has text-to-speech been used on computers? What about those who can't see, and would still like to "read" the book in some way? Hearing it is the easiest method - but will we soon be hearing him say "They don't have the right to translate the book to braille" when the Kindle 3 Deaf Edition can do it on the fly?
Copyright holders make me sick. I don't contest that it is their right to demand payment for a new form of their media, but that they have the right doesn't make it right. Doesn't "fair use" cover this instance in some way?