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Product review: Kindle3


Kindle 3: hopes for accessibility in e-book readers

I have just had the opportunity to try Amazon’s Kindle 3. This device is one of the most well-known e-book readers on today’s market.

This model, although it has less embossing on its actual keys than older models, still uses buttons that are easily identifiable by a blind person, although it must be said that its primary interface is its e-ink screen.

Personalizing the display

With this device, you can change text size and space between lines in such a way that a person with partial vision can personalize the text display to read more comfortably. It has a matted screen without back-lighting, however. As there is also no way to invert the colors onscreen, for some profiles among the visually impaired, the Kindle3 may not offer a sufficient display solution to fit them.

Voice synthesis

This English model includes two voices with good sound quality. For me personally, the male voice has more clarity than the female voice. This device has three speeds (slow, normal and fast). Each voice has good quality pronunciation and at normal speed, the intonation is fine as well.

The Kindle’s navigation system is by page and continuous reading mode.

Limited accessibility

In order to activate the voice-guided menu navigation and the text-to-speech reading, help from a sighted person is needed. The same is true to personalize the font size and other display options.

But the main problem of accessibility that this device presents is that for many of the works on sale in Amazon's library, the authors have certain conditions of copyright protection that impede the reading of the work using a voice synthesizer. Although several American associations for the blind have expressed their objections to Amazon, it seems as though the pressures by the editors and writers carry a greater weight than the rights of integration and cultural access on the part of those with visual impairments.

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