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Blind Bargains Top 10 Stories of 2010 4. The Somewhat Accessible Kindle

We're continuing our annual look at the most influential, ground-breaking, or otherwise important stories of 2010. In addition to our own staff, we consulted with some industry experts including ACB Radio Main Menu's Jamie Pauls, the Blind Geek Zone's Rick Harmon and Ranger from the Ranger Station Blog to help create our list. We'll present one item every day until we reach number 1. Today, another partially accessible mainstream product.

Ranger gives his thoughts on number 4: "2010 could be subtitled “The Year the E-Book Took Over”. And the Kindle has fast become the default player of many in its space. Being able to pick up a Kindle and have it speak is important as this device gains momentum in acceptance for schools, businesses and casual reading settings. While not perfect, Amazon has made strides in the level of access in the Kindle 3 and I hope they build upon that with revisions to firmware and future kindle models."

Users generally fall into two camps when it comes to the kindle. Either they are happy for the access that exists or disappointed that Amazon didn't include more features out of the box. The inability to independently turn on the voice guide feature or hear your unit's serial number are two of many notable omissions. Still, Amazon offers up more proof that a mainstream product can include accessibility improvements as a part of its evolution. The gradually improving access to the Kindle is number 4 on this year's list.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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