Thursday, January 14, 2010

Amazon hates blind people....

Not really, just looking for a catchy title. But here is an interesting development:

Schools who were testing the kindle for academic settings are stopping, and even going so far to recommend that schools don't promote the use of Kindles in the classroom.

The impetus for this move? Complaints to the U.S. Justice Department stating that the Kindle is not accessible to blind students. Although the Kindle has basic text to speech functions, these functions don't include menus or search options.

I guess Amazon isn't saying a whole lot about this little blunder, but in earlier statements the company recognized that key modifications still need to be made before the device can fully service blind individuals.

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