Blind Americans to Protest Amazon's Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

  Blind Americans to Protest Amazon's Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Dec. 10, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY

SEATTLE, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The following is being
released by the National Federation of the Blind:

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Date:December 12, 2012

Time:11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST

Place:Amazon.com Headquarters
426 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

On Wednesday, December 12, over a hundred members and supporters of the
National Federation of the Blind will participate in a protest outside of
Amazon.com's headquarters in Seattle. David A. Paterson, the fifty-fifth
governor of the state of New York, is also scheduled to participate. The
informational picket will raise awareness of a recent push by Amazon to put
Kindle e-books, which are inaccessible to blind students, into K-12 classrooms
across the country. The action comes on the heels of Amazon's launch of
Whispercast, a system designed to allow teachers and school administrators to
push Kindle e-books to different devices, theoretically allowing the sharing
of content among devices brought to school by the students. Kindle content,
unlike some other e-book products, is not accessible to blind students, even
on devices that are themselves accessible to the blind, such as personal
computers and iPads. For more information about the protest or this important
issue, please visit www.nfb.org/kindle-books.

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most
influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United
States. Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality
of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and
training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with
the tools they need to become independent and successful. We need your
support. To make a donation, please go to www.nfb.org

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind

Website: http://www.nfb.org
Contact: Chris Danielsen, Director of Public Relations, National Federation of
the Blind, +1-410-659-9314, extension 2330, +1-410-262-1281 (Cell),
cdanielsen@nfb.org