Kindle for iOS Updated with More Accessibility Features
May 2, 2013 | 11:37 am
By Juli Monroe
This is a good thing for the blind and visually impaired. It also has application for sighted readers who don’t mind computer text-to-speech voices and want to listen to their books on the go.
I tested it out for a bit. VoiceOver takes some getting used to, if you’ve never used it. I had to relearn most of the ways I interact with my iPad, but I finally figured it out well enough to get my Kindle app reading to me.
If you’ve ever used text-to-speech (TTS), you already know that it will never replace a human reader, and this experience was about what I expected. VoiceOver is a pretty robotic voice, and it’s nothing like Ivona for the Android. However, it worked well enough. I compared it to Text to Speech on my Kindle Touch, and I prefer the Kindle’s voice, but they were close.
There were some enhancement to the “Before You Go” feature, which I never use. They also included an additional font selection for Japan.
The other enhancements were minor, but if you’re willing to learn a new interface and like having your books read to you, this is an update to grab quickly.