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Amazon Kindle Accessibility Features

Amazon Kindle

Books smell great. The earthy, musty smell of a library or bookstore stirs readers’ emotions. Physical books lack many elements that make reading easier for people with impairments on eReaders.

eReaders have become increasingly popular. 30% of Americans had read an ebook in the recent year, a 5% rise from a 2019 survey. If you’re new to eReaders, you may not know all the accessibility choices that can make reading easier and more enjoyable.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, the most popular eReader, contains fonts, settings, and unique features to help readers with disabilities. Amazon’s Jackie Burke told PCMag that Kindle’s Accessibility Team works to ensure all readers can enjoy digital reading. We believe reading is crucial for a healthy society, thus we’re passionate about book access.

These six accessibility Amazon Kindle features can help you or someone you know.

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1. Screenreader VoiceView (Paperwhite Only)

VoiceView is for screen-reader users. This Amazon Kindle Paperwhite capability pairs with a screen reader to read the page aloud. Amazon currently has more than 12 million screen-reader-supported books. VoiceView supports Braille displays (Opens in a new window).

Turn the Kindle Paperwhite to pairing mode to pair an assistive technology device. Hold the power button for 9 seconds, then tap the screen with two fingers. Be patient because it can take up to two minutes for your Bluetooth device to pair with the Kindle. “Hold two fingers on the screen to utilise this audio device with VoiceView on Kindle” plays after the pairing is successful.

All VoiceView settings are in the Kindle’s quick action menu, under Accessibility.

2. Define Word Wise

VoiceView is for users of screen readers. The Kindle Paperwhite’s proprietary feature links with a screen reader to read the page aloud. The Amazon shop has over 12 million screen-reader-supported books for this function. VoiceView works with braille displays (Opens in a new window).

To link a Kindle Paperwhite with assistive technology, turn on pairing mode. Press and hold the power button for 9 seconds, then hold two fingers on the screen for 1 second. Bluetooth pairing with the Kindle might take up to two minutes. Once paired, you hear “Hold two fingers on the screen to utilise this audio device with VoiceView on Kindle.”

VoiceView options are in the Kindle’s quick action menu, under the Accessibility tab.

3. Word Wise Definitions

X-Ray presents a high-level overview of characters, images, and words in the book that the reader may not be familiar with or needs to reference. You may examine a graph of how often and where a character’s name appears in a book. X-Ray helps readers with complex narratives.

Click the three dots in the upper right corner of the book to activate X-Ray mode. Select X-Ray from the menu. You may view clips, individuals, words, and images.

4. Easy-to-read Open Dyslexic font

Dyslexia creates trouble processing letters, numbers, and symbols. The OpenDyslexic font helps dyslexics learn. This font’s bottom-heavy characters assist dyslexics focus.
Open a book and click Aa to turn on OpenDyslexic typeface. Tap Font Family. OpenDyslexic and more fonts are there.

5. Font sizes and layouts to improve visuals

Low-vision readers like large-print books. eReaders let you adjust how words seem on the page to create large print books. Larger fonts, wider spacing, and variable margins let Kindle users customise page layout.
When in a book, the Aa tab has typeface and page layout settings.

6. Dark mode reduces eye strain and stimulation.

Reading on a dark background minimises eye strain and makes reading simpler. Dark Mode reduces screen stimulus for users with sensory processing problems, letting them enjoy reading more. Despite the Paperwhite’s anti-glare screen, certain readers are sensitive to the illumination.
Tap the Accessibility tab under main settings to activate Dark Mode on the two most recent Kindle Paperwhites. Toggle “Invert black and white” to on.

Amazon Kindle’s Future

The Kindle and Paperwhite have good accessibility features. All these settings should be gathered under the Accessibility tab so readers can find and use them simply.

Amazon’s multiyear collaboration with the National Federation for the Blind improved blind users’ Kindle Paperwhite and other Amazon devices, the company says. The team has expanded their focus to include dyslexic, autistic, and ADHD clientele. Here’s more on Amazon’s accessibility options (Opens in a new window).

For more Kindle tips, see how to manage your devices and content.

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