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Nine Disability Organizations Speak Out about Kindle 2 Text to Speech

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On 16 March 2009, a letter went out from disability organizations to six major publishers that sell Kindle ebooks:  Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Penguin and Hachette.  These letters insist that Text to Speech be turned back on.  At this time, Random House has disabled text to speech on all of its ebooks.  Letters were a collaborative effort written on behalf of nine disability organizations:  The National Federation of the Blind, the DAISY Consortium, the American Foundation for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, the International Dyslexia Association, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

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Letter to Random House, Inc. - HTML Format

Letter to Random House, Inc. - PDF Format

 Letter to HarperCollins   - HTML Format

Letter to HarperCollins - PDF Format

Letter to Simon and Schuster - HTML Format

Letter to Simon and Schuster - PDF Format

Letter to Macmillan   - HTML Format

Letter to Macmillan - PDF Format

Letter to Penguin Group USA  - HTML Format

Letter to Penguin Group USA - PDF Format

Letter to Hachette Book Group, USA - HTML Format

Letter to Hachette Book Group, USA - PDF Format



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