Amazon’s $30M K-12 e-book contract from NYC postponed: Kindles hostile to people with vision impairments?

By David Rothman
August 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’ve begged Jeff Bezos and crew to restore text to speech to E Ink Kindles. A decent selection of fonts—including the all-bold ones dear to me—would also help. Those specifics may or [...]

Was librarian David Faucheux the world’s first blind blogger?

By libertyc
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Was my friend David Faucheux—a library and information science graduate—the world’s first blind blogger? Any librarians or others know the answer? I set David up in May 2004 on a commercial [...]

Why Everyone Should Care About DRM's Punishment Of The Visually Impaired

By libertyc
October 1, 2012 // 2 Comments

Techdirt writes a lot about the problems with DRM, and how inefficient and inconvenient it is. But for millions of visually-impaired people, those “inconveniences” represent something [...]

Blind patrons sue Free Library of Philadelphia for providing unaccessible Nook ereaders

By Paul Biba
May 4, 2012 // 8 Comments

From the press release by the National Federation of the Blind: With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, [...]

Haptic Braille device could let blind read print books in braille

By libertyc
December 10, 2010 // 1 Comment

Anyone who has seen the movie Sneakers is familiar with the idea of braille screens for reading by the blind. In the real world, however, braille screens are gimmicky, expensive, non-portable devices [...]

UN-backed initiative to enable the blind to access published works

By libertyc
October 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

From the UN News Centre: In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through [...]

The iPhone is the greatest thing to happen to the blind, says Austin Seraphin

By libertyc
September 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

This is a post from Austin Seraphin’s Behind the Curtain blog from back in June. It’s well worth reading the whole thing: Last Wednesday, my life changed forever. I got an iPhone. I [...]

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility

By libertyc
September 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

An important article from the Library Journal for anyone interested in people with disabilities. Here’s a snippet: If digital literacy is exploding, the visually disabled are taking the [...]

Taiwanese boffin lets the blind “see” photos

By libertyc
September 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

TechEye has an article by TeleRead contributor Dan Bloom about this new development from Taiwanese doctoral student Yu-shuan Peng. He developed Android software to let blind people use a cellphone [...]

Ereaders and accessibility – Kindle and iPad take the lead

By libertyc
August 6, 2010 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica has an overview article about current ereaders and accessibility – the Kindle and the iPad lead and the Nook and Sony aren’t in the running. We already covered the National [...]

National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon on new accessible Kindle

By libertyc
August 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the press release: The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today commended Amazon on the unveiling of a new, accessible Kindle. Amazon announced Wednesday that the new Kindle will come [...]

Royal National Institute of Blind People praises Apple and the iPad

By libertyc
June 4, 2010 // 2 Comments

That is what The Telegraph is reporting today. According to the article: “When it comes to embedding accessibility, Apple has set the standard in recent years,” said Robin Spinks, [...]

Technology overtakes braille in Canada

By libertyc
April 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

Back in January we did an article: “Listening to Braille” : Braille advocates at odds with new audio technologies. Now an article in CTV News, of Canada, discusses the same issue. Less than 10 [...]

The iPad and reading for the blind – a real boon

By libertyc
April 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

Forbes talks about this and points out how the Kindle could have been a great boon to the blind and visually disabled, but missed the opportunity because of its setup and even incurred a lawsuit from [...]

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