Arizona State sued over Kindle eTextbook usage

The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind are suing Arizona State University over its use of Amazon’s Kindle DX electronic reading device as a means of distributing electronic textbooks to students, because the new eBook reader’s menu isn’t accessible to the blind, Library Journal reports. The plaintiffs claim that such usage violates Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, because the device cannot be used by blind students. The NFB and ACB also filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. NFB acknowledges that the Kindle DX features text-to-speech technology that can read textbooks aloud to blind students. The menu limitation, however, makes it impossible for a blind user to purchase books from Amazon’s Kindle store, select a book to read, activate the text-to-speech feature, and use the advanced reading functions available on the Kindle DX, according to NFB…

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