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Kindle 2 vs Reading Disabled Students (Remote Kill Switch)

May 14, 2009, 19:03 (6 Talkback[s])

"Affected titles include works by Toni Morrison, Stephen King, and others. Other notable titles include Andrew Meachem's American Lion, and five of the top ten Random House best-sellers in the Kindle store. As a former English major, a teacher, and a lover of books, I can't see how anyone can justify eroding access to popular and classic literature.]

"A little-known fact: in my non-IP life, I'm a bit of an education wonk. My mother was a high school English teacher for 30 years, and I work as a part-time SAT and Writing tutor. I specialize in working with dyslexic, ADD/ADHD, and other reading-disabled students--and so, on both personal and professional levels, I am appalled by the backwards approach to equal access espoused by the Author’s Guild during the recent Kindle 2 debacle.

"While the Guild claims that they should have the right to selectively block the text-to-speech (TTS) function on the Amazon Kindle 2--due to the "added value" it automatically provides to their work--their response has served to do little more than exclude, alienate, and set back the reading-impaired community."

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