[BCAB] Kindle App and navigation

Gladyth Gupta gladyth.gupta at googlemail.com
Tue May 14 16:45:28 BST 2013


There is an hour long podcast on it also.
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From: "Steve Nutt"
Sent:  14/05/2013, 4:26  PM
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Hi David,

To add to this, if you search on the Kindle Store with a PC for the word
Gestures, you will find a guide to using the Kindle with iOS gestures.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Griffith
Sent: 05 May 2013 21:00
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: [BCAB] Kindle App and navigation

There was an email earlier today suggesting that there were difficulties
with navigation with the Kindle App.

Using the app in the last half an hour I found 
1. Swiping left and right with 3 fingers navigates a page at a time.
2. using the rota you can read by  line word or character.
3. By double tapping  in the text and bringing up the menu I could use the
bookmark button to insert a bookmark.
I could then double tap on the return to book button to go back to the book.
4. If I double tapped in the text and went back to the menu I could select
go to.
This brought up a number of navigation options including the contents.
5. by double tapping on my note/marks button I was able to enter a dialogue
where my previously saved bookmark was available as a point to return to the
text by. The bookmark was identified by a section of the text that was
bookmarked. If you use Voice Dream bookmarks this is identical to how they
label bookmarks.

I have found no navigation restrictions so far in the app.

What I have found useful is to go to Voiceover settings and ensure that both
speech rate and punctuation are selected in the rota.
I found that actually for reading a Kindle book I needed to reduced my
normal voiceover speed for maximum comprehension. If speech rate is included
in the rota this is easily adjusted. I moved the location of the speech rate
element in the rota settings so that it was for convenience next to
punctuation.

I also found that setting punctuation to none, gave the best reading results
in the app, as otherwise it was announcing odd characters.

I have also now ridded all the English voices to my language rota as this
will provide some variety in book reading voices.

The book reading result in the Kindle app is not as polished as Voice Dream
with Acapella voices but it certainly usable and is a big breakthrough in
access. It is no longer necessary to break Amazon copy protection and I
personally have committed to respecting their digital rights now that they
have done the right thing in terms of accessibility coding.

I have given my Kindle keyboard to my wife as I do not anticipate that I
will be using it now that this app is on the iPod.

David Griffith .
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