Amazon provides accessibility plug-in for Kindle for PC

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Thursday, 20 January 2011 13:33pm

Amazon has released a plug-in to improve the accessibility of its Kindle eBook reader software for PC.

The accessibility features that are enabled in the plug-in, which is currently not available in Australia, include:

  • Text-to-speech reading with adjustable voice settings
  • Voice-guided menu navigation
  • Large font sizes
  • High contrast reading mode
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Accessible shortcuts

In order for the text-to-speech reading function to work, users must already have a screen reader such as NVDA or JAWS running on their computer. Unlike the Kindle itself, there are no restrictions on what materials can be accessed using the screen reader.

A plug-in is a software module that ‘plugs in’ to an existing system, in this example the Kindle software, and adds new features.

You can download the Kindle for PC software on the Amazon website.

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