[Athen] FW: Introducing Free Kindle Software with Accessibility Features

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Thu Jan 20 00:58:48 PST 2011

Many thanks Pratik for this one. Sadly I have just had to write to Kindle
to ask if there are any reasons why we may not download it from the UK!
Probably something legal and very frustrating. This could help so many
folk who find reading text and navigating around the Kindle difficult.

Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab,
ECS, University of Southampton,
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246

> Colleagues,


> This is an extremely important first step toward full accessibility to

> many books. While I'd like to see Amazon provide ubiquitous access by

> making their mobile devices and mobile software (along with the Mac

> software) accessible, it gets blind or visually impaired people the

> beginning of the dream of having the same access to electronic books as

> their sighted peers.



> -----Original Message-----

> From: Amazon.com [mailto:store-news at amazon.com]

> Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:38 AM

> To: pratikp1 at gmail.com

> Subject: Introducing Free Kindle Software with Accessibility Features


> Dear blind-interest at amazon.com subscriber,


> Amazon.com is releasing a new version of Kindle for PC that adds

> accessibility features designed for blind and low-vision customers.


> Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin is a free, downloadable

> application for your Windows PC. It provides the following accessibility

> features: text-to-speech reading with adjustable voice settings,

> voice-guided menu navigation, large font sizes, high contrast reading

> mode, keyboard navigation, and accessible shortcuts.


> With this software, for the first time ever, the entire collection of

> English language books in the Kindle Store can be read aloud. With over

> 750,000 English language titles, Amazon offers the largest selection of

> accessible ebooks. In order to use the text-to-speech feature, an

> external screen reader program must be installed and running on the

> Windows PC.


> The free download is available at:

> http://www.amazon.com/kindle/accessibility


> We welcome your feedback at: kindle-PC-accessibility-feedback at amazon.com


> Sincerely,

> The Kindle Team


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