Re: [BCAB] Kindle Fire Ian Macrae 28 Nov 2012 13:25 GMT

It's true the Kindle keyboard is not perfect and it's outrageous that amazon feels it can get away with not making its tablet range accessible.  but I've yet to discover a better solution than the Kindle Keyboard.  I was recently sent another e-reader with a touch screen, the Pocketbook.  along with several other languages, it has only one female voice for reading text.  But it has no voice guidance for menus or other screens.  Reading books on the iPhone has its problems, mainly to do with having to keep the screen rotation stable otherwise it stops.  I've not had chance to use the other e-readers, Sony and Samsung, so if anyone has knowledge or views on those I'd be glad to hear.  In the meantime, my Kindle is in continuous use and I'm able to buy books before or at the time of their release.  So, while amazon's attitude is high-handed, arrogant and in many instances discriminatory, in other ways they have opened up access to books in ways no one else has as far as I'm, aware.

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On 28 Nov 2012, at 12:51, <Nick.Adamson@generaldynamics.uk.com<mailto:Nick.Adamson@generaldynamics.uk.com>> wrote:

I'm afraid I agree.
I'm sure many of you remember that about 18 months ago when I first got my Kindle keyboard I was an advocate and genuinely thought that Kindle was a potential game changer. But certainly in the last 6 months I've changed my mind. Amazon just don't seem bothered by accessibility and feel that the minimal effort they've put in is good enough. Well quite frankly it's not. I'm normally one of those who is on the side of trying to work with solution developers and praising those for what they do rather than getting all militant about accessibility but Amazon don't seem to want to think about accessibility and those of us who have offered help and constructive advice appear to be ignored.

If I'd not invested so much in their books I'd be boycotting Kindle as there are so many better solutions out there now. I just hope that all the pressure organisations and individuals are putting on Amazon at the moment changes there attitude, particularly around the mobile apps.

Just my thoughts.
Nick.

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Cairns
Sent: Wednesday, 28 November 2012 12:12
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] Kindle Fire

Hi Paul

Right, that clarifies things, thanks.  I thought I had read that the Fire
wasn't accessible, but hadn't realised there were different versions of it.
Amazon seem to think they have done enough with accessibility as it is, so
nobody hold their breath!

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Porter, Paul
Sent: 28 November 2012 11:24
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Subject: [BCAB] Kindle Fire

From googling I'm not sure if the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is going to be
available in the UK. The Kindle Fire HD 7 is on the Amazon UK store.

Paul

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