First impressions can be very wrong…..I came across this story yesterday, and my first reaction was “What now? How silly can one get? Ereaders for the blind? No way”. I then thought something along the lines of this is yet another example of people rushing to law for totally stupid reasons.
My First reaction was wrong:
Anyhow, I went on the read the article and looked at a video they had made to explain their problem more clearly, and that changed my mind completely and I realized how my immediate reaction was way off beam, and that they actually had a good point.
I had simply never thought of ereaders and blind people as having anything to do with each other, and if I had thought about it, I would have assumed that by their very nature, ereaders, as with normal paper books were simply no use to blind people. How on earth could a blind person use an ereader?
Text to Speech is the key:
But as they point out, many ereaders support what is called Text to Speech, which means that the ereader can “read” the ebook out loud for you. But the particular ereader they are upset about, the Nook does not have this function and their argument is that the library should have purchased an ereader that did support Text to speech, rather than the Nook, so that blind members of the library could take out ereaders in exactly the same way as sighted people did. For example the Kindle, which is an ereader with this function.
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