Back in November, Several schools rejected the Kindle due to the fact that it was not handicapped accessible. Any e-reader that hopes to become standard-issue among public schools is going to need to be useable for everyone. While the Kindle has text-to-speech options and a selection of font sizes, it also lacks several features needed to make it useful for certain students.
Amazon heard the school's criticisms and are working to address them. They've just sent out a press release confirming that they are at work on a new set of features that will meet the educational needs of disabled kids. The two features specifically mentioned were an audible menu system for blind and vision-impaired readers, and a new "super-size" font style. This new font will be twice the height and width of the current font.Will these changes be enough for the schools? We'll know in Summer of 2010, which is when this update is scheduled to hit.
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