Re: Accessible Kindle for PC App Released

  • From: "Gary King" <w4wkz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:50:27 -0600

Yes, the application is free, and as I mentioned, you can find some free books 
in the Kindle Store.  You do need an Amazon account to register the app and get 
books from the store, even the free ones.

Gary King
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Yadiel Sotomayor 
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:07 AM
  Subject: Re: Accessible Kindle for PC App Released

  Is the aplication free?

  From: Gary King 
  Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:16 PM
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Subject: Accessible Kindle for PC App Released

  If you've been waiting for an accessible Kindle app for the PC, you're in 
luck!  Go to

  and read the entry under Latest Bargains.  The link will take you to the 
Amazon page that describes the app and how to download and use it.  Read 
through all of the Help links, and you will know all that I do about it.

  The app download is 231 MB, so if you have a dialup connection, forget it!  
It has been tested with JAWS and NVDA.  A screen reader must be detected by the 
app in order to enable text-to-speech on all Kindle books.  As you may know, 
authors have disabled text-to-speech on the Kindle itself for many of their 
titles.  At least, we will be able to read them on the computer with this app.

  You can read the books a page at a time or continuously with a male or female 
voice.  Navigation only goes down to the sentence level, so you can't read word 
by word or have words spelled.  I hope this will change in a later version.

  I would suggest that if you want to try the program that you get one of the 
free books available from the Kindle Store.  I visited the Free Collections 
link and chose a book from the Limited Promotions section.  There were 143 
selections to choose from.  I just made sure that I looked for the ones that 
were $0.00.

  These are my early impressions of the program, and at least I think they have 
made a good start toward accessibility.  We will need to give them feedback to 
insure that improvements will be made.

  Gary King

  Yadiel J. Sotomayor

  E-MAIL: yadosotomayor@xxxxxxxxxxx

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