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New Kindle is accessible for the blind

June 24, 2016

Amazon is releasing a new and improved Kindle that is thinner, lighter, and most importantly has special features for the blind.

The fourth-generation Kindle Touch, released in 2011, had speakers, headphone jacks, and text-to-speech functionality. But when Amazon upgraded its LCD-screen Fire tablets, the audio features were taken out of the e-reader line, thus making it inaccessible to blind users.

The new Kindle will come with Bluetooth wireless technology, which is a first. It reads e-books aloud when connected to Bluetooth headphones or speakers. But how easy the accessibility will be depends on how easy it will be for a blind person to pair the Kindle with a bluetooth audio device. Hopefully that should not be a problem as Amazon has developed this with the help of the National Federation of the Blind in the US.

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