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Reading books is what I do

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kindleRemember how a number of Authors Guild members were very unhappy about the Kindle’s text-to-speech capability, contending that it infringed on their rights? Well, a number of book lovers are equally unhappy that the authors’ stance caused the option to be hamstrung.  The Reading Rights Coalition whose members include the National Federation of the Blind and the International Dyslexia Assn., held a public protest outside of the Authors Guild’s New York offices earlier today on behalf of the 15 million Americans who cannot read printed materials. The Coalition noted that the Kindle 2 made it possible for those they represent to “purchase and enjoy books like everybody else, adding:  “The Guild’s position is contrary to the principle of equal opportunity for all and discriminates against millions of people with print disabilities.” [Title lyric from the Bookworm on Sesame Street.]

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Written by chris

April 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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