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Disability groups To Protest Tuesday over Kindle 2

April 6 2009 | by

As I wrote about in today’s Profoundly Yours blog, a coalition of disability groups, led by the National Federation of the Blind, is planning a protest march outside the Authors Guild headquarters in New York Tuesday. The Guild had earlier criticized the text-to-speech feature, arguing it could undermine the market for audiobooks without compensating authors and publishers — prompting a partial backdown from the Seattle online retailing giant Amazon. Now the disability groups are demanding the full activation of text-to-speech, which they say gives visually-impaired people equal access to electronic books.

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