[Nfbmo] Fw: Put eBooks in the Hands of all Disabled People!

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Mon Apr 6 03:18:06 UTC 2009

----- Original Message ----- 
From: John Pare 
To: gwunder at earthlink.net 
Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2009 4:08 PM
Subject: Put eBooks in the Hands of all Disabled People!

      Please Read! Then Act!

      The NFB is engaged in a campaign to obtain access for the blind and others with print disabilities to e-books available for Amazon's new Kindle 2 e-book reader. The new reader, which Amazon is working to make fully accessible to the blind, has the ability to use text-to-speech to read these e-books aloud; but under pressure from the Authors Guild, Amazon has announced that authors and publishers will be allowed to disable the text-to-speech function. The National Federation of the Blind has joined with over twenty other organizations to create the Reading Rights Coalition, which has set up an on-line petition to urge the Authors Guild and Amazon to reverse course. Please read and sign the petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/We-Want-To-Read
      Please note: If you are using screen access technology, the first three fields on the form to sign the petition may not be announced. They are, in order: (1) a drop-down menu from which to select your prefix (Mr., Mrs., etc.); (2) an edit field for your first name, and (3) an edit field for your last name. The rest of the fields should announce themselves as you tab to them. If you still have trouble filling out the form, please send the following information to readingrights at nfb.org and we will be happy to sign on your behalf. You will need to send us your name, address, e-mail address, and any personal comments you would like to make about this issue. Thank you so much for your participation in this critically important effort.
      John G. Pare, Jr.
      Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives


      P.S. Once you have signed the petition, please be sure to forward the link to all of the contacts in your address book that you believe will support us in this cause. 


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