Re: [BCAB] About the Kindle Fire Griffiths, Steve 28 Nov 2012 14:10 GMT

It looks like the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch is only available in the US at the moment, and was only released there last week, hence the lack of info about it. The unit I looked at was the 7 inch one which is on sale in the UK and is severely restricted in its accessibility. The larger unit seems much more accessible, so hopefully Amazon will see fit to release it here soon. In the meantime, I'll try and find out if anyone at AFB or NFB is doing a review of it.

Of course, it would also be good if Amazon didn't lock down the smaller and cheaper 7 inch unit to the extent of preventing its accessibility from being usable!

Steve
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On 27 Nov 2012, at 23:30, "Griffiths, Steve" <Steve.Griffiths@rnib.org.uk> wrote:

> I had a go on a Kindle Fire last week and I couldn't find these options.
> I could get text to speech, but not Voice Guide or Explore by touch. I'd
> be interested in hearing from anyone who has had a different experience,
> as it would be wonderful if these features were available.
>
> Steve
>
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> Hi folks. About the Kindle Fire
> Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has the following accessibility features:
> Voice Guide
> reads your screen actions aloud to assist with navigation, and reads
> the text of Kindle books aloud using Text-to-Speech.
> Explore by Touch
> reads aloud details about the selections you make onscreen (for
> example, the title and summary of a book).
> To turn on accessibility features:
> Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap More.
> Under
> Settings, tap Accessibility.
> Accessibility
> From this screen, you can also choose to lock the screen rotation to
> make using accessibility features easier..
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_201016100_acc
> ess?
> nodeId=201016100#access
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