TKC 406 Amazon’s Peter Korn on Accessibility

Peter Korn (3)
Accessibility Architect at Amazon’€™s Lab126
Interview starts at 9:45 and ends at 39:50

We continually evaluate ways we can make reading on the Kindle more enjoyable, more comfortable, more accessible. This led us to create the Bookerly font. This led us to include the open-source OpenDyslexic font. So we continue to evaluate and bring innovations to our customers.

News
“Amazon borrows from YouTube script, opens marketplace to video creators”€ by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – May 10, 2016
Move Over Lexi – Roger Puts Amazon Alexa in Your iPhone for Free” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – May 12, 2016
Free Roger app for iOS
Goodreads launches free e-book giveaway promotions for $119 fee”€ by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – May 6, 2016
Tech Tip
Audible’s new Send This Book feature
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Audible) – email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com if you’€™d like me to send you a free copy of this audiobook, using Audible’s new Send This Book Book Feature
Interview with Peter Korn
Amazon’s guide to VoiceView
Kindle Paperwhite blind and visually impaired readers bundle
My Coverage of VoiceView at TeleRead and The Kindle Chronicles – May 10, 2016
Content
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Interviews and my observations from Book Expo America in Chicago
If you are interested, please check out my BEA Liveblog posts on Goodreads author tips and Rethinking the Standard Author Contract

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Comments 4

  1. Tom Semple wrote:

    I enjoyed the interview a lot.

    As a test automation engineer, accessibility is of considerable interest. It turns out that making an application accessible also makes it easier to automate: just as someone with visual deficits needs a way to discover and interact with a screen, test automation needs it as well, since it is otherwise ‘blind’ and that makes it more inflexible and harder to develop and maintain. The alternate approach, based on computer vision, is starting to mature, but has its own set of challenges.

    It would have been interesting to ask him when the Kindle Store would be accessible with VoiceView. I think that, and social sharing, would be if anything of more importance to people with accessibility issues than those without them.

    Posted 13 May 2016 at 9:36 pm
  2. Julie wrote:

    Hey don’t forget to give Android some love with the Roger app link too 🙂 I had to go searching for it (thanks, Nate)

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rogertalk.roger&hl=en

    Posted 14 May 2016 at 10:14 am
  3. Mary McManus wrote:

    Len, in the interview with Peter Korn, you asked him if the Audio Adapter device could be used to just have text to speech. He said no. Well, yes, you can just use it for text to speech; you only need to get to it from the Home page using the necessary taps. Perhaps your question meant could you just jump into text to speech while reading a book, and no, you can’t. I received the Audio Adapter device on Friday and have used it on my latest generation Paperwhite, the Oasis and the Voyage. For the Voyage, I copied over the Voice file from the Oasis. Likely Amazon plans to introduce a more powerful unlighted Kindle sometime in the future, since only the 3 mentioned above have enough RAM to support it. The Audio Adapter device is an absolutely fabulous thing for blind or partially sighted people and also a great addition for the rest of us to use text to speech from our e-ink devices.

    Posted 14 May 2016 at 11:54 am
  4. Julie wrote:

    Thanks Mary for the info how to get the Audio Adapter to work with the Voyage. At that price I had to buy one even though I didn’t think I could use it (yet).

    On second thought, the Roger app for Android is similar to Google Now. I don’t have any Smart Home devices to control in the house that give Roger the advantage.

    Posted 14 May 2016 at 12:49 pm

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    […] Peter Korn, accessibility architect at Amazon’s Lab126, talks at length about the new VoiceView capability for Kindle e-readers and Amazon’s broader accessibility mission in today’s episode of The Kindle Chronicles. Hear the show or download the MP3 file here. […]

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