Friday, September 12, 2008

Kindle reader - not ready for visually or cognitively impaired

It's a little disappointing that the Kindle is not quite ready for people with visual impairment ... Vision Impaired - Can a Kindle help? - kindle swindle Discussion Forum

A family member has been having a signifificant problem with her vision. I liked the idea of the magnification provided by a Kindle. I have several questions ...
Reviewing the responses I learn that the Kindle allows several font sizes, but even the largest is only comparable to a large text book. The contrast doesn't work as well for persons with macular degeneration as a backlit device.

Of course there's no screen reader integration - yet.

The good news is that there are no technical problems with increasing the font sizes, and even the screen reader abilities can't be too far away.

I hope Amazon will provide more support for the visually impaired in Kindle 2.0.

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