Amazon’s Kindle for iOS App Gains New Accessibility Features

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Amazon has updated its Kindle for iOS app with new features aimed at making it easier for blind and visually impaired customers to access Kindle’s eBooks.

Available for free download in Apple’s App Store, the app runs on both the iPhone and iPad. However, due to larger screen sizes, tablets tend to be a better option than smartphones for people with visual impairments.

The Kindle for iOS app now allows over 1.8 million titles available in the Kindle Store to be read aloud using Apple’s VoiceOver technology. It lets users read character-by-character, word-by-word or line-by-line, and it supports iOS accessibility features such as assistive touch, zoom, and support for peripheral braille displays.

The new features are also designed to help blind and visually impaired customers do things like add and delete notes, bookmarks and highlights; use the X-Ray, End Actions and Facebook and Twitter sharing features; look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia; and make changes to fonts, text size, background color, margin and brightness.

Amazon plans to add these accessibility features to the Kindle Fire and its other Kindle apps in the future, said Dorothy Nicholls, vice president, Amazon Kindle, in a statement.

 

 



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