Amazon has updated its Kindle iOS app to make it easier for blind people to use. The update includes new features that tap into Apple’s voice over technology and let users have books read to them.
Users who have difficulty seeing can choose to have the app read to them character-by-character, word-by-word, line-by-line, or continuously, and can tell the app to go forward or backward. The voice tool also allows the user to search in the book to find a specific passage. In addition, users can add and delete notes, create bookmarks, and highlight passages. The new features are available on Kindle for iOS, and will be available on other platforms soon.
Dorothy Nicholls, VP of Amazon Kindle stated: “With this update, we’re also making customer-favorite features—such as X-Ray, End Actions, sharing, highlighting and bookmarking—more accessible. We look forward to continuing to develop and extend our accessibility features on Kindle Fire and our other Kindle apps.”