Monday, February 09, 2009

Why we may buy Kindle 2

Not for us, for my mother who has macular degeneration and limited vision ...
Amazon.com: Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation): Kindle Store...

... Kindle's high-resolution screen now boasts 16 shades of gray...

... Kindle has six adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. Now every book in your library can be large print.

... Kindle can read to you. With the new Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud to you. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference...
They only have six adjustable font sizes, so I don't think that's different from Kindle 1. I was hoping they'd go to seven or eight sizes, but really I need to test with my mother.

2 comments:

nettie said...

John, we live in modern times. See this: http://www.librarything.com/thingology/2009/02/can-your-kindle-read-to-you.php

John Gordon said...

Nice! Intellectual property law is such a tangle. I suppose OS X, XP, Vista screen readers, not to mention those for the visually impaired, are all likewise illegal.

If anyone is dumb enough to sue Amazon, some aspiring young lawyer will bring suit against herself for reading to her daughter.

The interesting twist is that today's screen readers are no competition for even a crummy audiobook.

That may not always be so, but, of course, shortly after the screen readers become VERY good the issue will be rather moot.