Kindle for iPhone and iPad is the first Kindle app to receive new
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 1, 2013--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced new accessibility features for the
Kindle reading app, making it easier than ever for blind and visually
impaired customers to navigate their Kindle libraries, read and interact
with their books, and more. These new features are available starting
today on Kindle for iOS, and accessibility enhancements will be
available on additional platforms in the future.
“We’re excited to introduce these new features to our Kindle for iOS
app, making it easier than ever for our blind and visually impaired
customers to access the vast selection of over 1.8 million books in the
Kindle Store on their iPhone or iPad,” said Dorothy Nicholls, Vice
President, Amazon Kindle. “With this update, we’re also making
customer-favorite features—such as X-Ray, End Actions, sharing,
highlighting and bookmarking—more accessible. We look forward to
continuing to develop and extend our accessibility features on Kindle
Fire and our other Kindle apps.”
New accessibility features of the Kindle app enable blind and visually
impaired customers to:
Read aloud over 1.8 million titles available in the Kindle Store using
Apple’s VoiceOver technology. Over 300,000 of these books are
exclusive to the Kindle Store. Over 900,000 books are less than $4.99;
over 1.5 million are less than $9.99.
Seamlessly navigate within their library or within a book, with
consistent title, menu and button names; navigate to a specific page
within a book and sort books in the library by author or title.
Read character-by-character, word-by-word, line-by-line, or
continuously, as well as move forward or backward in the text.
Search for a book within their library or search within their book and
navigate to specific text.
Add and delete notes, bookmarks, and highlights.
Use customer-favorite features like X-Ray, End Actions and sharing on
Facebook and Twitter.
Look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia.
Customize the reading experience including changing the font, text
size, background color, margin, and brightness.
Use iOS accessibility features like Zoom, Assistive Touch, and Stereo
to Mono, as well as peripheral braille displays.
Here’s some early feedback on the updated Kindle app:
“I very much appreciate the effort put forth to make Kindle more
accessible for the blind. The new iOS App is easy and fun to use. I
found the functionalities to my liking and above my initial
expectations, with the ease of use being my favorite. Frankly, due to
continued vision loss and vision changes, I hadn't read very much at
all. Now, I've read more books in the past few weeks than in the last
five years – ‘Thank you.’” – Kevin D. Daniel, The Lighthouse
for the Blind, Inc.
“The ability to highlight, jump to pages and look up words or research
phrases from a book is fabulous. Enhancements like these serve as
great equalizers for a community of individuals whose access to the
printed word has been severely limited. As an avid reader in her
sixties, I am honored and excited to see and test these changes.” –
Marlaina Lieberg, Retired Assistive Technology Teacher
“I’m thrilled to see the effort and attention to detail that Amazon is
putting into the accessibility of the Kindle app for the iPhone. This
greatly increases its usability by people who are blind and benefits
students, professionals and anyone else wishing to read electronically
and stay current with the mainstream.” – Peggy Martinez, The
Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
These new accessibility features are available first on the Kindle app
for iOS and accessibility features will be added to other Kindle apps in
the future. Customers can download the new Kindle for iOS app for free
from the App Store on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.
Blind and visually impaired customers can also choose Kindle for PC with
Accessibility Plugin, a free application for Windows PCs.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s
Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most
customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything
they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the
lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of
unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books;
Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home
& Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health &
Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web
Services, Inc. provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to
in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end
technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any
type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the most-advanced e-reader ever
constructed with 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented
built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, extra-long
battery life, and a thin and light design. The new latest generation
Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, now features new, improved
fonts and faster page turns. Kindle Fire HD features a stunning custom
high-definition display, exclusive Dolby audio with dual stereo
speakers, high-end, laptop-grade Wi-Fi with dual-band support,
dual-antennas and MIMO for faster streaming and downloads, enough
storage for HD content, and the latest generation processor and graphics
engine—and it is available in two display sizes—7” and 8.9”. The
large-screen Kindle Fire HD is also available with 4G wireless, and
comes with a groundbreaking $49.99 introductory 4G LTE data package. The
all-new Kindle Fire features a 20% faster processor, 40% faster
performance, twice the memory, and longer battery life.
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