RNIB video shows impact of eBooks for the blind and vision impaired

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Thursday, 28 April 2011 09:52am

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom has released a YouTube video that talks about the impact that eBooks and eBook readers have on the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.

An eBook is an electronic version of a print book that can be read on an eReader, which is a specific device for viewing eBooks, or other portable devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The video, eBooks for blind and partially sighted people, features people of all ages and with varying degrees of vision impairment talking about the difference that eBooks and eReaders have made to their lives. The video also touches on some of the improvements that could be made to further improve the accessibility of eReaders.

Currently, there are only two book-size mainstream devices that support eBooks and are accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired: Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle. When an eBook is read using eReader such as this, people who are blind or vision impaired can increase the size of the book text, changing the colour of the text and the background for better contrast, or use inbuilt text-to-speech technology to read the eBook out aloud.

You can learn more about the accessibility features of eReaders on the Media Access Australia website.

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