National Federation of the Blind Condemns Amazon’s Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle is not accessible to students with disabilities… they are going to be disenfranchised.

Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle is not accessible with students with disabilities… they are going to be disenfranchised.

This is not OK with us.

“Any claim by Amazon that is not technically possible, economically feasible, or reasonable to expect them to design their Kindle in a manner that accommodates the access needs of students with broad ranges of disabilities can easily be dis-proven by example. Please see http://apps4android.org/igr-vodafone

In response to Amazon’s actions, the NFB is coordinating a protest to take place at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on December 12th.   The press release we issued about the event is below and has been posted to the RRC website.  Additional information about the protest, background to the issue, and ways you can help are available at the following link: http://nfb.org/kindle-books We look forward to your continued support in this effort to secure the right to read for blind and print disabled children in our nation’s classrooms and will continue to update the listserv and website regarding future developments.

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