E-Book Ubiquity - But Will They Be Accessible?

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Amazon's Kindle was a step backwards. Will Google's move into the digital book market be a positive step or more of the same? So far, no mention of DAISY or accessibility:

Computerworld - E-books may have been a niche technology so far, but Google Inc.'s entry into the market could burst the online business wide open.

The giant search engine company wants to give publishers a way to sell online digital books through a partner program by the end of the year.

What may be most important in today's news is that Google wants to allow partner publishers to to make their books available for purchase from any Web-enabled device. That means a user could use any smartphone to download e-books, although some users of Amazon Inc.'s Kindle and the Sony Reader say smartphone screens are too small for prolonged reading.


More:

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9133750

On DAISY:

http://www.daisy.org/news/news.php#newsitem566


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Thank you, my kind by Able bodied brother got me a Kindle though I don't have fine motor skills, gross hand control, I have double vision and often have to wear an eyepatch to see out of one eye. It did not seem to be a good choice since I drop just about everything many times a day. Having evidence that Kindle IS a step back in accessibility is very useful to me, thank you.

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