TKC 126 Peter Tighe

Photo by Deb Park

News – 1) Amazon sort of announces record Kindle sales for the holiday season so far. If you do the math, the Kindle is selling faster than the NookColor. 2) Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan tells C-Span she reads briefs on her Kindle. 3) The Android platform is the first to receive a major new update for free Kindle apps, including the ability to read Kindle-subscription newspapers and magazines on Adroid devices. 4) Why it’s taking so long for me to create a video review of the NookColor.

Tech Tip – A look at the updated Kinstant home page for the Kindle’s web browser.

Interview (starts at 9:32) – My cousin Peter Tighe, who is blind, spoke with me by phone from Austin, Texas, on December 14, 2010, about his early impressions of his new Kindle. Books on his Kindle include The Autobiography of Mark Twain, All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, and Truth Heals by Deborah King. Peter has been a beta tester for 12 years for the JAWS for Windows screen reading software, and he is available for consulting on accessibility issues for sighted clients and computer configuration and training for clients who are blind.

Content – A look at an interactive book, Dusk World, available at the Kindle store for $5.99.  Click here for the trailer.  And thanks to Roxanne McHenry of the Unruly Guides ePublishing Podcasts for the tip.

Links Mentioned in Comments – My Nuance Communications interviews were TKC 33 with Eric Collins and TKC 65 with Stefaan van Gerven.  Click here for the eBook Ninjas podcast and here for the episode about e-book creation applications.  Amazon’s forum announcement that a lending capability for the Kindle will be coming “later this year.”  Note: I’m holding a number of comments over to next week, including Jean Remple’s ruminations on LCD versus eInk screens based on research done in Parisian cafés.

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Comments 2

  1. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    I suggest you let your cousin know that there are battery powered external speakers available which are highly portable and would extend the sound range of the Kindle TTS output.

    Also it is my understanding that for every book the has TTS blocked, the publishers MUST provide a copy of the TTS enabled speech version to the blind. They are available on a special site that only the blind can access although I don’t know where that is as I have only one unsighted friend.

    Posted 18 Dec 2010 at 11:52 am
  2. Elaine Carpenter wrote:

    Peter Tighe’s comments about the kindle were very encouraging. Based on his comments, I am purchasing on for my brother-in-law, who is sight impaired.

    Thank you Mr. Tighe for sharing your thoughts. My brother-in-law would just need it for himself so no problem.

    Thanks! Elaine Carpenter

    Posted 20 Dec 2010 at 7:34 am

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