[Athen] The EReader That Didn't Read In The Night

Patrick Burke burke at ucla.edu
Thu Jan 20 11:52:16 PST 2011

Hi all,

I got Kestrell's infinite-loop effect when installing Kindle for PC
on one machine (EEEPC netbook), but not on another (boring Dell
desktop workstation).

I managed to download & sync a couple of titles. In the cruelest cut
for E.A., one of the books I found was Hound Of The Baskervilles for
free. So they're stealing British literature & giving it away to
Americans, but not letting Brits read it. HARSH!

But the best/worst part is this: In Chapter Two there are a couple of
documents (old manuscript, newspaper article) which are skipped
completely! What happened to the mysterious disappearing text?! ...

My guess is that those sections are in italics, & the Kindle plugin
can't read them yet. I have written to the Kindle feedback team. Will
update if I learn more.

So ... It's great, it's amazing. But within 20 pages of the first
book I read there is a major problem.


At 08:20 AM 1/19/2011, Kestrell wrote:

>Has anyone installed and run this on a computer using Jaws? I have

>been trying to do so all morning and keep getting stuck in an

>infinite loop re a message that some component of Microsoft Windows

>Journal Viewer is not available.




>----- Original Message ----- From: "Pratik Patel" <pratikp1 at gmail.com>

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><acbny-l at emissives.com>; <leadership at acb.org>;

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>Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:52 AM

>Subject: [Athen] FW: Introducing Free Kindle Software with






>>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



>>The Kindle Team




>>(c) 2011 Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.


>>Amazon, the Amazon a logo, the AmazonKindle logo, Kindle, and

>>Whispersync are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.


>>Amazon.com, 410 Terry Avenue, North, Seattle, WA 98109.

>>Reference: 18358260


>>Please note that this message was sent to the following

>>e-mail address: pratikp1 at gmail.com






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Patrick J. Burke

UCLA Disabilities &
Computing Program

Phone: 310 206-6004
E-mail: burke <at> ucla. edu
Department Contact: dcp at oit.ucla.edu

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