Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kindle Doesn't Meet Universities' Nondiscrimination Policies

Link to November 11 GM Today article, "Schools shun Kindle, saying blind can't use it".

Excerpt: Amazon's Kindle can read books aloud, but if you're blind it can be difficult to turn that function on without help. Now two universities say they will shun the device until Amazon changes the setup.

The National Federation of the Blind planned to announce Wednesday that the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Syracuse University won't consider big rollouts of the electronic reading device unless Amazon makes it more accessible to visually impaired students.

Both schools have some Kindles that they bought for students to try this fall, but now they say they won't look into buying more unless Amazon makes changes to the device.

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