One of the things that is keeping the Amazon Kindle out of some major universities is the fact that the device is inaccessible to the blind and visually impaired. ReadHowYouWant has announced a new way to bridge the gap between these impaired users and the Kindle by using proprietary XML conversion software to repurpose books.
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The XML repurposing turns the books into a variety of different formats to meet the different needs of readers who are blind, visually impaired, or have print learning disabilities. There are ten different formats available for the books including DAISY, electronic Braille, synthesized audio MP3, and more.
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“Technology now offers the possibility of access to hundreds of thousands of books for blind and visually impaired readers. It is unacceptable that The Kindle and other mainstream reading devices have been designed with no consideration given to the requirements of universal design. The introduction of the Kindle DX in some universities discriminates against blind and visually impaired students, and educators should join with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Syracuse University in rejecting this as a textbook replacement until it is accessible for all students,” says Tricia Roth, CEO of ReadHowYouWant.