Finally, an accessible Kindle! But only for English speakers

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Finally Kindle, the e-book reader by Amazon, becomes accessible!

Lighter, thinner, more ergonomic and now also available in white, the new Kindle, has all the features to be the perfect combination of ease of use and, above all, accessibility. With its latest device, Amazon adds Bluetooth technology, a first for Kindle devices.

As reported by Fortune magazine, the new e-book reader can read ebook text aloud when connected to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. There is only one problem: the Kindle screen reader feature is only available in English and it is not clear yet when additional languages will be available.

On NvApple – a technology and accessibility blog for the blind – Alessio Lenzi shares his experience with the new Kindle and relates his dismay at the realization of VoiceView’s availability only in English.

International Kindle users are keenly awaiting the Kindle upgrade that will add more languages to the screen-reader. In the meantime, they might still use the latest Kindle to improve their English proficiency…

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I’m a 26 years old Italian graphic designer with a passion for typography and company branding. I have an MA in Industrial and Graphic Design and I’m currently Graphic Designer at Horus.

In my spare time I write for my art blog called Martineken and I keep pursuing my interest by doing graphic concepts and mock-ups.
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