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

Oh, that makes sense, I'll go sign it.
Julia
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jackie McBride" <abletec@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2009 4:14 PM
Subject: [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-----
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[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
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“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
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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.
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