A little more than Kindle

The mainstream news of the day is the Kindle 2 book reader, now slated for release the end of February. We’re picking up some interesting accessibility implications within the buzz, the most obvious being speech output capability, albeit with a less than state-of-the-art voice. Other promising innovations include a joystick to replace the scroll wheel, which may offer more precision, and navigation buttons that may be harder to activate accidentally.

Wired: Amazon’s Kindle 2 Slims Down, Adds Audio

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4 Responses to A little more than Kindle

  1. Jim Tobias says:

    It’s the Authors Guild that’s making the case here, since their members often perform the audio versions of their books:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123419309890963869.html

    I can’t help but wonder about the effect of Kindle 2 on accessibility initiatives like Bookshare and DAISY.

  2. Probably minimal effects at this point. Bookshare covers a lot of obscure volumes that will never make it into Kindle’s proprietary format, and DAISY covers a much wider range of accessibility formats, such as Braille. Not to mention that the quality of the Kindle 2 voice output has already been slammed. But I can see a movement towards convergence–say around Kindle 7?

  3. Here’s the National Federation of the Blind’s response to the Kindle 2 and the Authors Guild:

    National Federation of the Blind Responds to Authors Guild Statement on the Amazon Kindle 2

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