Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is due out in November and will let you listen to your books as well as read them in large print.
The Kindle range of e-readers have long been popular with those with poorer vision as you can increase the font size to a much more comfortable level if you struggle with small print. However more recently you can now listen to your books as well with Audible being built in to the device.
There are three current models of Kindle available, the Kindle itself, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis which ascend in price in that order. All three models let you listen to Audible via Bluetooth connected headphones or a speaker.
What’s more, you can also use a built in screen reader called Voice View if you can’t see well enough to navigate the menus to find your new or favourite book. Again, you must be connected via Bluetooth for this to work.
Amazon have just announced a new version of Kindle Paperwhite just in time for the holidays which will be priced at $139 CAN (£119 GBP, $229 USD).
It’s got a 6″ glare-free screen and it’s waterproof (to 2 metres) and has a built in light with 5 LEDs. It also comes with two storage size options, 8gb or 32gb, so much more room inside for audio books as well as Kindle books. You can also buy the device to use on Wi-fi only or you can pay a bit more to get unlimited 4G so you can download books out and about.
The Kindle Paperwhite isn’t the only device to have all of these features. The lower cost Kindle also lets you listen to audiobooks via Bluetooth and also has Voice View built in and it costs $79 CAN (£59 GBP, £79 USD) however it doesn’t come with a built in light, only has 4gb of storage and is available with Wi-fi only.
The more expensive Kindle Oasis has all of the features mentioned and more including a slightly larger 7″ display, a built in light with 12 LEDs (as opposed to 5 on the Paperwhite) and as well as a touchscreen you get physical buttons to turn the pages of your book. It’s also available in Graphite and Gold as opposed to black or white. However all these extra functions come at a cost of $389 CAN (£229 GBP, $249 USD).
If you’ve got some usable vision and are able to still read books, even at the Kindle’s largest print size, then a Kindle could be a good option for you. Depending on your needs, you might find the standard Kindle will do all you need, however it is fair to say that the screen and backlight functions of the new Kindle Paperwhite may be much easier to see for those with partial sight.
The addition of Audible on all of these devices make them far more appealing to people with no vision as well, especially as the Voice View screen reader is able to be turned on.
Again, while it sits in the middle of the range and is a bit more expensive, the larger storage capability and brighter screen may make it the best choice for someone with a visual impairment.
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All prices were correct as of 17/10/18 on Amazon’s Canadian, UK and US sites.
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