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.

Comments

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 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.

Diane

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