[access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with accessibility

The response from Amazon is a little cagey but it seems like they may be in 
need of justifying the business case for continuing development to create a UK 
localised version of their accessible Kindle reader software.  All those who 
are keen would be kindle book readers will need to email in their wish to have 
access to this software.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Kevin
Sent: 20 January 2011 07:23
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with 
accessibility

Hi all,

Here is the response which I received from amazon.com regarding accessible 
Kindle for PC

"
Thank you for your inquiry about Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin. 
At this time, we are unable to offer this software to our international 
customers.

To successfully register the application and purchase digital content from 
Amazon.com, the 1-Click payment method listed on the Manage Your Kindle page 
must be a credit or debit card issued by a U.S. Bank with a U.S. billing 
address.

We value our international customers and hope to make Kindle for PC with 
Accessibility Plugin available internationally in the future.  To receive 
emails from Amazon when updates on this topic are available, please send an 
email to blind-interest@xxxxxxxxxxx

For additional information, please visit 
www.amazon.com/kindle/accessibility/help.

Thanks for your interest in Kindle."

I would recommend that as many people as possible contact Amazon requesting 
that this application be introduced here. The more e-mails they received the 
more likely it is to have an impact.

Regards,

Kevin

-----Original Message----- 
From: Mann, Madleen
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 3:14 PM
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with 
accessibility

Hi,

I wrote to them earlier on today and will share any response

Thanks, madleen


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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Griffiths, Steve
Sent: 19 January 2011 14:59
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with
accessibility

The website gives an email address for feedback:
kindle-PC-accessibility-feedback@xxxxxxxxxx

I've asked whether/when it will be available in the UK. I'll pass on any
reply I get.

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Tristram Llewellyn
Sent: 19 January 2011 13:26
To: 'access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
Subject: [access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with
accessibility

It is quite possible that the delay may be that Amazon have to supply a
localised version of the Kindle software for the UK market and that this
may be on its way. Has anybody actually asked rather than venting about
it?

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
Technical Support
www.sightandsound.co.uk

Mail:
Tristram: tristram.llewellyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Technical: Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
General - info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Phone:
Support line: 0845 634 7979

Sight and Sound Technology Limited is a company registered in England
and Wales, with company number 1408275.

Sight and Sound Technology
Welton House North Wing
Summerhouse Road
Moulton Park
Northampton
NN3 6WD

VAT Number - GB 860 2121 66.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Kevin Cussick
Sent: 19 January 2011 12:16
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: FW: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with
accessibility

Well this is not good news,

It's not available in the UK it's terrible that yet again we are left
out it should be available over here as well.

On 19/01/2011 11:13, Barry Toner wrote:
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bcab-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bcab-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Guy Whitehouse
> Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:17 AM
> To: bcab
> Subject: [BCAB] Free Amazon Kindle software with accessibility
>
> I'm forwarding a message I've just received about free Amazon Kindle
> software with accessibility features built in. If anybody tries this,
> can they let me know how they get on?
>
> Cheers
> Guy
>
> Dear blind-interest@xxxxxxxxxx subscriber,
>
> Amazon.com is releasing a new version of Kindle for PC that adds
> accessibility features designed for blind and low-vision customers.
>
> Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin is a free, downloadable
> application for your Windows PC. It provides the following
> accessibility features: text-to-speech reading with adjustable voice
> settings, voice-guided menu navigation, large font sizes, high
> contrast reading mode, keyboard navigation, and accessible shortcuts.
>
> With this software, for the first time ever, the entire collection of
> English language books in the Kindle Store can be read aloud. With
> over 750,000 English language titles, Amazon offers the largest
> selection of accessible ebooks. In order to use the text-to-speech
> feature, an external screen reader program must be installed and
> running on the Windows PC.
>
> The free download is available at www.amazon.com/kindle/accessibility.
>
> We welcome your feedback at
kindle-PC-accessibility-feedback@xxxxxxxxxxx
>
> Sincerely,
> The Kindle Team
>

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