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For once we're ahead of sighted people

Just to take a break from the quandry of whether to print out the lab report or save it for a few minutes and read it again, I went to my
RSS agrigator.
The PC Doctor has an article
An iPod for print.
For once, the blind community is ahead of the sighted. I've had a BrailleNote for like 5 years. My mPower is less than 3 pounds and it's about the size of a Bible. I can carry more books on it than I can read over a vacation. I don't have to squint at a tiny screen and I don't have to worry about all of the junk about scratched screens. If you're reasonably careful with a Braille display, it usually holds up pretty well.
I also use a Bookport. With the crazy dreams I've had lately, the Bookport has litterally been thrown out of bed more times than I care to admit. It holds up well, is small and has a reasonable battery life.
I find both of these solutions convenient. We still have a way to go before every piece of literature is accessible to us within a reasonable time frame, but that can improve. Right now, I think we've got a leg up. Because every one wants a screen, they have to deal with all sorts of stuff we don't.

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fbcmusic
Oct. 11th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
I, love, my, IPod! Seriously though, it would be nice if sighted people had stuff like we do to use for reading! I mean, why not be able to share books on a subscription basis? Isn't that kinda what Audible lets you do with audio books? When you're done, and download a new book, the old one deactivates, and why not be able to download it into a device the size of an Ipod? That really would be cool!
puppybraille
Oct. 11th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
Actually, audible doesn't deactivate their books to my knowledge. Si nce I pay for the book, I get to keep it.
fbcmusic
Oct. 11th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
But even still, with all the crazy copyright stuff on books, that's the way the puclishers could ease their paranoya.
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