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 [...]

Use mouse or physical keyboard with your next e-reader? Bluetooth could make it happen

By David Rothman
July 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

One of the great hits of TeleRead right now is Chris Meadows’ post on using a Bluetooth mouse with an Android tablet. I’m not surprised. But what about E Ink machines like the [...]

Morning Links: No Graphic Novels in English Course? Android Apps with TTS Support

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Student Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course (io9) A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for [...]

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

By David Rothman
February 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Text to speech would cost a pittance to add to current E Ink readers like Amazon’s Paperwhite and the $200 Voyage. In fact, some earlier Kindles even came with read-aloud. No longer, though. With [...]

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9

By David Rothman
January 3, 2015 // 13 Comments

Update: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC’s easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, [...]

Review: Voice Dream Reader e-reading app

By libertyc
May 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

Note: An update of this post on focuses on education-related issues of read-aloud apps. A Catch-22 dogs those of us who most often read e-books visually but also want to hear them [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, [...]

Is Amazon’s Acquisition of Ivona good or bad for disabled e-library users?

By libertyc
January 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Well, guess which Seattle-based  megaconglomerate has just bought Ivona Software (Web site here, Wikipedia entry here)—perhaps the world’s best provider of text to speech to use with e-books [...]

Kindle Fire HDs apparently can’t change line spacing …

By libertyc
September 17, 2012 // 7 Comments

Kindle Fire HD tablets apparently can’t change line spacing when you’re reading an e-book. Is this part of a consumer-hostile niching initiative by Amazon to high-pressure my fellow Kindle [...]

How to encourage Amazon to bring TTS to the Paperwhite

By libertyc
September 16, 2012 // 6 Comments

After I raised the issue of the Kindle Paperwhite being developed without a text-to-speech feature, a reader asked how she, too, could get in touch with Amazon to voice her displeasure. [...]

How blind-friendly are Amazon’s Kindle apps for the iPhone and iPad? And what about those for other operating systems?

By libertyc
September 11, 2012 // 9 Comments

Text to speech is AWOL from Amazon’s beautiful Paperwhite Kindles, and LibraryCity’s complaint made a stir, complete with a link at The Verge, a major tech site. Keep your related [...]

Follow That Story: Paperwhite's suspiciously absent TTS

By libertyc
September 11, 2012 // 12 Comments

Last Friday, we brought you a wonderfully seditious opinion piece written by TeleRead founder David Rothman about the fact that Amazon’s brand-new Kindle Paperwhite models were produced without [...]

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