Accused of discrimination against the disabled, three universities have agreed to stop testing Kindle e-readers until they’re fully functional for blind students, under a deal with the Justice Department.
Pace University, Case Western Reserve and Reed College are participating in a Kindle pilot. While the Kindle has a text-to-speech function, the menu does not, “so it is impossible for blind students to navigate through different electronic books or within an electronic book,” reports AP.
This is not as silly as it may seem: Blind people can use scanners to “read” printed books.
Amazon is working on an audible menu, and predicts electronic readers will be a “break-through technology” for the blind.