Accessible Kindle for PC

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Kindle for PC (1.19.1 and above) supports NVDA (2017.1 and above), JAWS and Microsoft Narrator screen readers on Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 and Windows 10 in desktop mode.  The Amazon Kindle also supports VoiceOver on iOS, TalkBack on Android, VoiceView on Fire Tablets and Kindle E-readers.  The Kindle Store identifies supported content by these screen readers with the text, "Screen Reader: Supports" on the product detail pages.  

Kindle PC accessibility features

  • Read aloud over 6 million titles in English and most titles available in other languages in the Kindle Store using screen reader technology.
  • Navigate within your library or within a book, with consistent title, menu and button names.
  • Read character-by-character, word-by-word, or continuously, as well as move forward or backward in the text.
  • Search for a book within your library or search within your book and navigate to specific locations.
  • Customize the reading experience including changing the font, text size, background color, margin and brightness
  • Read page numbers.
  • Look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia.
  • Select content to highlight it or make annotations.
  • ALT text included by publishers will be read by the NVDA screen reader when using the Kindle for PC app.
  • Voice-guided menu navigation.
  • Large font sizes and high contrast reading mode are available.

Set up Kindle for PC Accessibility Plugin

  1. Download the free Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin.  If prompted, choose the option to save the file to your computer.
  2. After you download the file, open it, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install and register.

Note: To check your registration status from Kindle for PC, select Tools > Options > Registration.

For details about keyboard shortcuts commands, visit Kindle for PC Keyboard Shortcuts.


Posted by David FaucheuxMay 19, 2017

To whom it may concern:

I have done these things -- listed above. I have books downloaded as I enabled One Click with the help of an Amazon support person. The Kindle person they transferred me to had no idea about shortcut commands. But you list them here above.

I have not yet spent extra for Audible voice in a book, whatever that is.

But now, I wonder how do I make the books talk. Is there a short YouTube tutorial of someone downloading a Kindle ebook and making it read? I tried the Kindle eReader and reviewed it on and this was picked up the next day by Digital Reader. It was hard to use the device so I decided to try the PC software.

I gave my Kindle away. It should have been made to come up talking, not have the blind person try to hold the on button seven seconds and then do a swipe and wonder, as I often did, why it did not talk or if the battery was dead.

Thank you for your consideration

Posted by Diane BraunerMay 19, 2017

Hi David,

Just to confirm, are you using a computer using Windows?  According to their website you download the accessibility plugin, which you did.  Then, you use your screen reader: JAWS, NVDA or Narrator to read the book to you.

With that being said, I did a little research and found this article which appears to address the issue you are having!  How to Make Narrator Work with Kindle for the PC.  This person had the same issue you mentioned and he shares the solution.  He has also alerted Amazon to the problem so that they can resolve the issue.


Posted by SeanJul 16, 2017

How do I find books that are screen-reader supported in the kindle store? Every book I have searched for has not contained this information in the product details page. I tried searching amazon using the phrase "screen reader support kindle titles", this did not work. Thanks

Posted by Diane BraunerJul 17, 2017

Hi Sean,

My understanding is that the text in all of the Kindle books are accessible. You use the text-to-speech system on your device.  Example:  I have the Kindle app on my iPad and VoiceOver can read the text.  What device are you using to access Kindle books?  The Fire tablets now have VoiceView, the Kindle's built-in screen reader.


Posted by VanessaJan 01, 2018

I've tried and tried to get the High contrast functionality to work and I cannot. I am using an x64 Windows 10 Education, Version 1709, Build 16299.125. I originally had Kindle for PC version 1.21 installed but when I downloaded the plugin it reverted back to version 1.14.2 (43034). The plugin page specifically said that this plugin was for Kindle for PC 1.19 and higher. I went back to the website and re-downloaded version 1.21 but it negated the plugin I had downloaded. I uninstalled the program completely and shut down the computer and then restarted it. No change. This is VERY annoying. It should not be this complicated/difficult. It should just work. What are your suggestions?

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