AccessTechGeek now a Kindle Blog

accessibility and technology geekI decided to try my hand at publishing my blog on the Kindle Blog platform just to see what happens.  Anyone can submit their blog through Amazon’s Blog Publishing platform as long the blog provides good quality content, and has a niche.

Accessibility and Technology Geek is a disability awareness blog.  I write about how various devices such as the Kindle, iPhone, iPad, etc are being made accessible for people who have vision loss, hearing loss or mobility impairments.  I have friends share their own personal thoughts and experiences so that the blog has a variety of different voices and viewpoints.

The new gadgets, including the Kindle, can be considered assistive technology themselves, and have made great strides in recent years to allow people with disabilities to access them right along with everyone else.  The Kindle includes large font sizes, audio, excellent text to background contrast, and an accessibility plugin for the Kindle for PC application.

One of the reasons why I published AccessTechGeek to Kindle Blogs is to make the blog itself a lot more accessible.  With the Kindle, it can be read anywhere.  Plus, the Kindle fonts can be enlarged pretty big, so it is a easier reading experience.  Sometimes I find that the glare of the computer screen can be really hard on my eyes.  So, reading it on the Kindle can bring some relief.

The blog content is updated daily.  If you just want to give AccessTechGeek a trial run, there is a 14 day free trial for just signing up.

Revisiting Kindle Accessibility

kindleSo I did a search on accessibility features for the Amazon Kindle, and found an Accessibility Plugin for Kindle for PC that includes text to speech, voice navigation, larger font sizes, high contrast modes, and more.  It is compatible with screenreaders such as JAWS and NVDA.

I did an earlier post around this time last year on Kindle accessibility features that you might want to check out. It is amazing how much has changed over the course of a year.  That includes both quality and price.

You can also visit the Accessibility Shortcuts page for a list of Kindle keyboard shortcuts.  This makes navigation easier to use for those who can’t use the toggle button very well.

The Kindle device itself has made strides over the past couple of years to make it more accessible for people with visual impairments.  Last year they introduced larger font sizes, which have been very helpful, and some books include an audio feature depending on whether the publisher allows it or not.  The Kindle 3 has a much better display contrast between text and background than its successors.

As a partially sighted Kindle user, I have to say, the Kindle has drastically changed my reading experience.  No more large, cumbersome books to hold right at my face.  It is so light, portable, and much more comfortable to hold.

After reading my Kindle with a larger font size, I have a harder time switching back to regular books.  My eyes get tired a lot quicker if I try to read the small print in a regular book.  The text and background contrast is much greater on a Kindle as well.

For more about Kindle Accessibility, and other interesting accessibility news, visit the Accessibility and Technology Blog.