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 Paul St John Mackintosh
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 Chris Meadows
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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Chris Meadows
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 [...]

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare

By Paul Biba
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 Paul Biba
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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