ALA comes out in favor of HathiTrust appeals ruling

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has gone on record to declare its support for the recent appeals court victory by HathiTrust versus the Authors Guild for specific fair use by libraries. As already noted in Teleread, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an original ruling in [...]

Are Amazon, Sony, Kobo and company dissing on disabilities?

By libertyc
August 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

A piece of news has surfaced that makes for some pretty alarming headlines: Amazon.com Inc., Kobo Inc., and Sony Electronics Inc. have formed a self-described “Coalition of E-Reader Manufacturers” to petition the U. S. Federal Communications Commission, “for Waiver of Sections 716 [...]

Three users of Speak For Yourself apply to intervene in AAC app patent case

By libertyc
July 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

I’ve lately covered the legal situation surrounding the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) iPad app Speak For Yourself, which is the subject of patent litigation from larger AAC companies. Concerned parent Dana Nieder, whose 4-year-old nonverbal child Maya uses the app, has blogged [...]

Apple will reinstate AAC app Speak For Yourself if its developers win in court

By libertyc
June 28, 2012 // 4 Comments

The Register reports that Apple will reinstate the AAC app “Speak For Yourself” if the speech therapists who made the app are able to win the patent lawsuit brought against them. Apple pulled the app several weeks ago as part of the ongoing dispute between two larger AAC device companies and [...]

Augmentative communication app Speak For Yourself pulled from iTunes store at patent plaintiff request

By libertyc
June 13, 2012 // 6 Comments

A few months ago I wrote about the patent situation surrounding an app called “Speak For Yourself” that allows autistic and otherwise nonverbal people to communicate with others. A couple of companies who make much more expensive AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) devices are [...]

Kindle Chronicles interviews Temple Grandin on ereaders and autism

By Paul Biba
May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

From The Kindle Chronicles: I visited Dr. Temple Grandin at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, on April 30 and brought with me an array of Kindles and an iPad. Her considerations of the devices as reading aids for those on the autism spectrum were candid and astute. Her [...]

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, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit (case number: 12-2373) [...]

Don Johnston's new cloud library available for whole schools a low license rate

By Paul Biba
April 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release.  Note that school-wide licenses are only $429 per year: Don Johnston Incorporated today released Start-to-Finish Online Accessible Library. Company founder Don Johnston said, “Thanks to the power of cloud computing, struggling readers can now use their iPads, mobile [...]

U.S. Senator Congratulates Bookshare on 10th Anniversary!

By Paul Biba
April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Bookshare blog: On March 8, 2012, ninety guests gathered at the U.S. Capitol to hearSenator Tom Harkin (IA- D), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Appropriations Committee, recognize the good work of the staff and volunteers of Bookshare on its 10th anniversary. The Iowa [...]

Patent lawsuit threatens inexpensive iPad app to let autistic speak

By libertyc
March 28, 2012 // 8 Comments

The iPad can be great for letting people read, but it can be just as good for letting certain people speak. As I’ve previously mentioned, autistic, nonverbal, and otherwise disabled people who have trouble talking can make use of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) apps to say the [...]

Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities, by Sue Polanka

By libertyc
March 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

March 12, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA – Bookshare, the global leader in providing digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley [...]

Don Johnston Announces Snap&Read A Simple Toolbar That Reads Any Text On-Screen

By Paul Biba
March 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Don Johnston Incorporated today announced Snap&Read, a software toolbar that reads any text on-screen as it floats over any application. Its simple one-button interface reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud from Flash websites, Word docs, PDFs, web-based [...]

Law student says long wait for digital versions of textbooks is discriminatory

By Chris Walters
July 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

A partially sighted law student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia has filed a complaint against the school and six textbook publishers, reports the Times Colonist, over what he says is a discriminatory procurement system for students who need alternative textbook [...]

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare

By libertyc
April 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. [...]

Using Ibis Reader and Apple’s VoiceOver

By libertyc
March 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Threepress Consulting blog: Liza and I have long been interested in making ebooks more accessibile. Both Bookworm and Ibis Reader reflect that goal (with limited success—accessibility can almost always be improved). However, our focus has always been on improving the web version of Ibis [...]

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