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

  • From: "Tammy Blaker" <wyomiia@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 12:18:27 -0600

I have a little eyesight first thing in the morning. I can not read a word in the other computer eBook type. Kindle has the largest fonts I have found. No it is not something I can use for more than an half hour or so. I do give credit where due though. I find fault with the publishers who refuse to let the Kindle "read" the books. I wish the Kindle PC was around for the past five or six years ago when I could have used it. I just want a fare playing field. I should be able to buy a paperback eBook are read it however I like; on a Kindle, Stream or computer. Sure Bookshare is cheap but it can not keep up with adult reading be it westerns, mysteries or romance. Most of Bookshare's money and work goes to kids books. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jackie McBride" <abletec@xxxxxxxxx>

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Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 3:46 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT More Abouth the Kindle

Bill, if you're gonna vent your wrath to some1, do so at Random
House--they're the 1's who are trying to make TTS discretionary. Look,
I think Amazon's Kindle for PC is utter crap, & I have no ax to grind
here--I *certainly* do not work for Amazon & am actually urging people
to get on board w/Barnes & Noble because they are making their stuff
accessible but at the same time, the thing regarding the TTS is really
the fault of Random House. Ok, serious run-on if ever there were 1

On 12/8/09, Bill Cox <waywardgeek@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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

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.


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
Amazon working to make the bestselling Kindle also a breakthrough device
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
than before, and has also helped dyslexic readers and those with learning
disabilities improve their reading skills. Vision impaired customers
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
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
as a meaningful breakthrough device for the blind.
Related Quotes
"Kindle is for anyone who loves to read-in fact, we've heard from
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
about the significance of these features:
"The other day I took my visually impaired friend to the eye doctor. I
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
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
for two different classes. He is certainly a hard worker, but reading is
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
grabbed the attention of many of my students who have typically been
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
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

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