Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers. Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview. It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size. Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below. Thanks Ken!
Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows. There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc. The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look. For a more colorful review, try The Digital Reader. KNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.
I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine. I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October. So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading
Lots of great press releases this week from the Frankfurt Book Fair. Here’s one from B&T.
Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology Partnership to Deliver an Immersive, Next Generation Reading Experience, Baker & Taylor, Inc( 10/14/2009 )
World’s Premier Distributor of Physical and Digital Media Content Joins Forces with Pioneer in Reading Technologies
FRANKFURT, Germany – October 14, 2009 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Frankfurt Book Fair announced a partnership to provide digital media content for K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.’s e-reader.
In its latest in a series of digital media partnerships, Baker & Taylor will acquire and distribute digital media for the soon-to-be-released e-reader, which delivers the most advanced, flexible and open reading platform technology developed to date. K-NFB Reading Technology is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc., an innovator and pioneer in reading technologies and the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. Continue reading