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

Too little, too late.
I'll be checking out the Nook and buying that if all goes well.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chela Robles 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:08 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT More Abouth the Kindle


  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.



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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.
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