FYI, thought this would be interesting for you all book readers out there!
Subject: [TechTalk] New Accessibility Features for Kindle E-Readers
New Accessibility Features for Kindle E-Readers
Over the years, feedback from our customers with disabilities has been
inspiring and humbling, as they tell us how they are using our products and
the impact these products are having on their lives.
While developing VoiceView for Fire tablets, we were also working on
bringing VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers. Kindle e-readers are beloved by
our customers because they are purpose-built for reading and create a haven
so customers can lose themselves in their books. We are excited to say that,
today, we have brought VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers, starting with the
Kindle Paperwhite, so that visually impaired customers can enjoy reading on
our Kindle e-readers, too.
VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon's natural language text-to-speech
voices (formerly known as IVONA) lets visually impaired customers read
millions of Kindle books and navigate the Kindle Paperwhite via speech
feedback. Like VoiceView on our Fire tablets, VoiceView for Kindle supports
linear and touch navigation, and the same broad range of speech feedback
rates and earcons. Likewise, we developed a tutorial with multiple lessons
that users can return to at any time.
Visually impaired customers will be able to use VoiceView for Kindle with
the new Kindle Audio Adapter-an Amazon-designed USB audio dongle-to connect
headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and
navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books. The Kindle
Audio Adapter was designed specifically to be used with VoiceView for
Kindle. U.S. customers can purchase a bundle of both theKindle Audio Adapter
with the Kindle Paperwhite, and VoiceView for Kindle will be available in
the future with other Kindle e-readers as well. Customers who purchase this
bundle will receive a credit back on their account to cover the cost of the
Kindle Audio Adapter, so they won't have to pay extra for accessibility.
We've also launched other features to enhance a customer's reading
experience. Based on customer feedback, we made a new font available on the
latest generation Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, Kindle Oasis,
and the Kindle reading app in iOS-it's an open source font option called
OpenDyslexic. We also offer the ability to increase the font size of book
text, adjust line spacing and margins, and change the format of the text.
Kindle also includes a feature called Word Wise, which makes it easier to
quickly understand more challenging books with short and simple definitions
that automatically appear above difficult words so customers can keep
reading with fewer interruptions. And Immersion Reading, available on Fire
tablets as well as iOS and Android, is a powerful tool for young readers,
students and readers with disabilities. It gives customers the option to
read and listen to books simultaneously with real-time text highlighting.
Customers can access this feature by adding professional Audible narration
to over 70,000 Kindle titles.
For the accessibility team, it's still day one at Amazon. We have so much
more planned, and the whole team is looking forward to the journey ahead.
To read more, visit: http://www.amazon.com/b?node=14100715011
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