[access-uk] Re: RNIB Right To Read campaign + a Kindle Conundrum

  • From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:38:56 -0000

Hi Clive,


Speech Enabled is a bit of a misnoma now.  Unless you have one of the older
Kindles, the Kindle Fire HD for example, will let you hear books whether
they are speech enabled or not.  The Kindle app for iPhone and Android will
also do this.  So speech enabled is not really an issue any more.  I
personally with my Android app, can read any Kindle book on the store.


All the best




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Sent: 05 January 2015 14:13
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Subject: [access-uk] RNIB Right To Read campaign + a Kindle Conundrum


Hello all,


Whatever happened to the RNIB's "Right To Read campaign?


If you click on the 

Right to Read <http://www.rnib.org.uk/campaigning> .

Link on their site, it promises you that you'll go to the campaign, but
instead you go to a generic campaigns page.which is in itself not a great
example of web usability.


Here's one to give you food for thought:


I went to the Amazon site to find out whether David Blunkett's book was
available on Kindle. It is not, but there was a button you could press to
"tell the publishers you'd like to read it on Kindle". Click this, and
Amazon will tell them you want it on Kindle. However, there's no way to get
them to "Tell the publishers you would like to listen to a speech enabled
version on Kindle". However, if the publishers decide they don't want you to
hear it on Kindle, they can forbid Amazon from speech enabling that version.
My "Y O Y O Y" rant is:

"Why is it not as easy for a blind person to request a speech enabled kindle
version as it is for publishers to insist that the Kindle edition be silent?


Any thoughts on the fate of Right To Read or the Kindle anomaly?






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