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The Next Update to NVDA will Bring Major Access Improvements to Kindle Books

by Scott Davert
Wednesday, 08-Feb-2017 12:42 PM ET

Over the years, many blind users have wanted to use Kindle for PC just as easily as their sighted counterparts. This is especially true in the field of education. Though the Kindle for Accessibility Plug-in exists, it only permits the user to read text out loud and to configure basic speech settings. Last year, James Scholes released his latest tool, Codex, a conversion tool which permitted both braille and speech access to the Kindle library once the book was converted to a more useable format.
With the next release of NVDA, version 2017.1 due out this spring, NV-Access is expecting to bring direct access to Kindle books via the Kindle for PC application using NVDA. Not only will the user have access to the text, which has already been available using the above listed methods, but NV-Access reports that the user will have access to links, footnotes, graphics, highlighted text and user notes. The ability to have pages turn automatically will also be possible. Once the Release Candidate comes out, look for a review of this feature on Blind Bargains.

Source: NV-Access
Category: News

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