[BCAB] For Amazon readers

Henry Miller henry at henryandangela.co.uk
Fri Nov 11 17:41:40 GMT 2016


Hi Sean and Terry
Many thanks for all your advice much appreciated
Kind regards
Henry


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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Sean Randall
Sent: 11 November 2016 14:48
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Hi Henry
If you want to listen, old but still largely relevant:
7 May 2013 - In this approximately 1 hour podcast, David Woodbridge gives us
an in-depth demonstration of Amazon's Kindle app for
iOS devices.
http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/kindle-ios-read-kindle-titles-your-
ios-device

If you want to experiment, it's a fairly standard iOS experience. For
example flicking down  with 2 fingers, the basic iOS read all
gesture, starts a book reading, etc.

If you have specific questions do shout!

Sean.

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Henry Miller
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016. 02:27 PM 
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Hi John and Sean
I think I will take your advice and use the Kindle App.  How can I find out
more about how this app works on my IPhone 5s etc?

Best wishes
Henry
  
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Sent: 11 November 2016 12:05
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Hi Henry

I've used both iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod etc.), and the cheap £50 Amazon Fire
tablet.

I find the iOS offerings work best for me, with the widest array of voices
and most widespread braille display support.  Navigating
around the amazon tablet is doable and certainly if you're on a budget I
think it's worth a look at, but if you already have an
apple product I don't see much benefit to getting a new device over the app,
unless of course you're running out of space on the
apple one.

I'd be interested to hear how others get on with their Kindle devices.

S.
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Hi Sean, Ian and Mel
What Kindle model do you recommend for a totally blind user to listen to
books?

Best wishes
Henry


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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Sean Randall
Sent: 11 November 2016 11:21
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Ian,

I, too, prefer tts over a reader these days.  But if I've bought an ebook
for myself to enjoy and someone in the family prefers
audio, it's considerably cheaper to go down this road!

The thing  that really interested me about this as well is that this was the
idea of the DAISY standard; so-called synchronised text
an audio.  Without even  seeming to try too hard it's just happened, more
reliably, successfully and efficiently through a big giant
like Amazon than it ever  has before.


Sean.
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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Ian Macrae
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016. 11:13 AM 
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I don’t go for the audio versions as I tend to prefer reading with TTS. It
is almost always less annoying than a live reader and in
some cases a live reader can actually spoil a book. With TTS I can do what I
do in Braille and give the characters their own voices.
But it is magical to me how much the Kindle app has transformed my access to
books. It is probably the single most significant
access tech development of my life.
> On 11 Nov 2016, at 11:05, Sean Randall <contact at seanrandall.me> wrote:
> 
> Hi Mel,
> 
> It's the so-called magic tap. A 2  finger double tap on the touchscreen or
a wh (dots 1 5 6) chord.
> 
> You might have to actually tap on the play item to start with, if you've
not been reading and listening together of course, but
when
> you've done that once it seems to remember pretty well.
> 
> Sean.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Mel
Griffiths
> Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016. 10:58 AM 
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> Subject: Re: [BCAB] For Amazon readers
> 
> Hi Sean,
> 
> Yes I agree, it is a really great system and has really opened up books
and
> reading for me. Out of interest, what is the gesture you use when reading
to
> get the audio companion to play?
> 
> Mel
> 
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Randall
> Sent: 11 November 2016 09:45
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> Subject: [BCAB] For Amazon readers
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> 
> I'm a Kindle user, and I buy lots of books.  I've recently looked into the
> Audio Companion feature of Amazon's offering.
> 
> 
> 
> This is the system where, if you buy the eBook, you can get the audio at a
> reduced price.  This audio syncs up with the Kindle app on iOS or android
> and highlights words as they are read out loud.  If you're a Braille
Display
> user, it's actually rather cool to be able to read in Braille and, with a
> gesture on your display, hear the professional audio narration kick in on
> the page you're looking at.  As you turn pages, the audio keeps up; and if
> you set the sleep timer when the audio is on you'll be at the stopping
point
> in the Braille when you come back.  It all works very nicely. Needless to
> say the books are also then yours to keep as part of your Audible library!
> 
> 
> 
> Even if you're not wanting to read and listen, you might save a bit of
> money.  Of the 138 books I've bought as ebooks in the last 12 months which
I
> don't already have the audio for, 120 of them are available as audio
> purchases for under a fiver. The average price for an audio companion for
me
> works out at £3.72, and the average list price for the books is £15.48, so
> again on average you're saving three quarters of the regular price for the
> books.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> If you're an amazon customer and a reader, it may be worth your while to
> take a look.
> 
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/audible/matchmaker
> 
> 
> 
> Sean.
> 
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