[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT More Abouth the Kindle

Julia, they need to determine it's a real person & not a bott.

On 12/9/09, Julia <julia.kulak@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'd be more willing to sign it if they didn't want to know everything about
> me. What business is it of theirs what my email address is!
> Julia
> I tried to sign it only giving some information, but jaws just sat there so
> I guess that's that.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Cox" <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 9:02 AM
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT More Abouth the Kindle
>
>
>> Thanks for the info about the petition.  I signed it.  It is at:
>>
>> http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/We-Want-To-Read
>>
>> Sorry about the grump tone in my post.  I'm use to posting on
>> slashdot.org and other sites where grumpy is the norm.  I'll moderate
>> my tone going forward on this list.
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 3:59 AM, Kim Friedman <kimfri11@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Hi, Bill, are e you familiar with the System Access Mobile Network? Do
>>> you
>>> know there is a petition addressing what makes you infuriated,
>>> specifically,
>>> it concerns the inaccessibility of the Kindle, the authors guild
>>> wrongheaded
>>> approach to accessibility, etc.? I don't know if you're a member of the
>>> system access mobile network, but if you are, let your voice be heard and
>>> sign that petition. Regards, Kim Friedman.
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bill Cox
>>> Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:40 PM
>>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT More Abouth the Kindle
>>>
>>> So, does this mean I shouldn't be pissed at them for:
>>>
>>> a) Ending my ability to listen to most books, which they did when they
>>> gave
>>> publisher's the option to disable TTS.
>>> b) Suing people who publish software to help load books like the ones I
>>> can
>>> get from bookshare.org onto the Kindle.
>>>
>>> I don't see it. Let's face it: Amazon screwed the blind/VI. They could
>>> have put in some sort of exception for the blind, but didn't.
>>> They simply disabled audio, and DRM lock-downed the device, and then sued
>>> anyone who wrote software that I can legally use to break their
>>> encryption.
>>> A Kindle is a useless piece of junk for many, including me.
>>>
>>> That said, I'm pitching it to buy my father-in-law a Kindle for
>>> Christmas.
>>> I may be pissed at Amazon, but it's still a cool device.
>>> Hopefully one day they'll throw the blind/VI community a bone. Google is
>>> coming out next year with a competing service. Hopefully they wont be
>>> evil,
>>> and the blind/VI community will be able to participate.
>>>
>>> Bill
>>>
>>> On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM, Chela Robles <cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Here is more info on this reader.
>>>>
>>>> Blind and Vision-Impaired Readers to Benefit from New Kindle Features
>>>> in 2010 Amazon working to make the bestselling Kindle also a
>>>> breakthrough device for the blind
>>>> a.. Press Release
>>>> b.. Source: Amazon.com, Inc.
>>>> c.. On 9:00 am EST, Monday December 7, 2009
>>>> a.. Companies:
>>>> a.. Amazon.Com Inc.
>>>> SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kindle, the #1 bestselling product across
>>>> all of Amazon, has enabled many vision-impaired readers to enjoy books
>>>> more easily than before, and has also helped dyslexic readers and
>>>> those with learning disabilities improve their reading skills. Vision
>>>> impaired customers benefit from Kindle's ability to change the font
>>>> size - easily making any book a large print edition. Dyslexic readers
>>>> benefit from being able to listen with Kindle's text-to-speech
>>>> technology while simultaneously reading along with the synchronized
>>>> text. Today, Amazon announced that it is working on a new set of
>>>> features that will make Kindle even better for these readers as well as
>>>> a
>>> meaningful breakthrough device for the blind.
>>>> Related Quotes
>>>> "Kindle is for anyone who loves to read-in fact, we've heard
>>>> from thousands of vision-impaired customers and customers with
>>>> learning disabilities over the past two years who have been helped
>>>> tremendously by Kindle," said Ian Freed, Vice President, Amazon
>>>> Kindle. "With some key modifications, we believe Kindle can be a
>>>> breakthrough device for the blind, and the team is excited about
>>>> making these enhancements."
>>>> Below are examples of emails sent to the Kindle team over the past two
>>>> years about the significance of these features:
>>>> "The other day I took my visually impaired friend to the eye doctor. I
>>>> just happened to take my Kindle out of my purse to show her the
>>>> birthday gift I had received. Amazingly, she was able to read on it.
>>>> How exciting; she had not been able to read books for many years."
>>>> "I've always loved to read, but the last year or so vision problems
>>>> have hampered my reading. Reading small print was extremely difficult
>>>> and caused eye strain. Fortunately, a dear friend gifted me with my
>>>> Kindle 2 on my birthday in September. Since that time, my Kindle has not
>>> left my side."
>>>> "I have an 11 year old daughter with cerebral palsy. She has very poor
>>>> vision and cannot turn pages in a book, so the kindle text to speech
>>>> is a blessing for her. She loves books and will listen for hours!"
>>>> "I am an ophthalmologist specializing in rehabilitation of the
>>>> visually impaired. I have found the Kindle DX to be of tremendous
>>>> value to my patients. A few modifications could increase its
>>> effectiveness."
>>>> [From teacher of students with learning disabilities] "One of my
>>>> students brought his mom's Kindle to class this week and gave a little
>>>> show and tell for two different classes. He is certainly a hard
>>>> worker, but reading is not an easy skill for him. He reports that the
>>>> lack of back-lighting, the ability to change font size and the
>>>> 'read-to' features have been very helpful - already he feels he has
>>>> made great progress! The Kindle has really grabbed the attention of
>>>> many of my students who have typically been turned off by reading
>>> assignments."
>>>> To make Kindle more useful for the blind, the Kindle team is currently
>>>> working on an audible menuing system so blind and vision-impaired
>>>> readers can easily navigate to books unassisted, in addition to
>>>> listening to books as they can already do today with Read To Me. In
>>>> addition, a new super size font will be added to Kindle, increasing
>>>> the number of font sizes from six to seven. This seventh font size
>>>> will be twice the height and width of the current largest font. These
>>>> new features are scheduled for release by the summer of 2010.
>>>> To receive emails from Amazon when new features and updates on this
>>>> topic are available, please send an email to blind-interest@xxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>
>>>> About Amazon.com
>>>>
>>>> Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN - News), a Fortune 500 company based in
>>>> Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers
>>>> Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most
>>>> customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover
>>>> anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its
>>>> customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers
>>>> offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories
>>>> such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics &
>>>> Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel; Shoes &
>>>> Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto &
>>>> Industrial.
>>>> Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access
>>>> to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end
>>>> technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
>>>> type of business. Examples of the services offered by Amazon Web
>>>> Services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple
>>>> Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon Simple Queue
>>>> Service (Amazon SQS), Amazon Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS),
>>>> Amazon Mechanical Turk and Amazon CloudFront.
>>>> Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,
>>>> www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr,
>>>> www.amazon.ca, and www.amazon.cn.
>>>>
>>>> As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include
>>>> Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates
>>>> otherwise.
>>>>
>>>> Forward-Looking Statements
>>>>
>>>> This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the
>>>> meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E
>>>> of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ
>>>> significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking
>>>> statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others,
>>>> risks related to competition, management of growth, new products,
>>>> services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating
>>>> results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and
>>>> claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial
>>>> agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange
>>>> rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and
>>>> taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that
>>>> potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in
>>>> Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
>>> including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent
>>> filings.
>>>>
>>>> Kindle devices are sold through Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Contact:
>>>> Amazon Media Hotline:206-266-7180
>>>> ----------------
>>>> ----------------
>>>> “If you go without playing the trumpet for one day, no one knows, two
>>>> days, only you know, and more than three days without practicing, girl
>>>> you better look out, because everyone will know!”
>>>> Today, I find myself constantly saying those words, just to get myself
>>>> going, to not give up, and it works. Since I learned to play the
>>>> trumpet at the tender age of 10, I have spent so much passion and much
>>>> diligence with that instrument that I will not give up on it.
>>>> Sometimes my instrument puts me into awkward situations where I feel
>>>> like they won’t ever end, but the trumpet gives me a lot of hope with
>>>> the majestic, crystal-clear sound it brings to my ears.
>>>> ----------------
>>>> Chela Robles
>>>> E-Mail: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxx
>>>> MSNWindowsLive Messenger: cdrobles693@xxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> Skype: jazzytrumpet
>>>>
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