Originally Posted by Hamlet53
Perhaps I am missing something, but I don't see how an ebook adds much for people with disabilities over and above what a large print paper book (available) or audio book (available) already provide.
Yes, it may not be a wise choice on her part to miss out on sales of ebook version that would not otherwise occur in other formats. That is her choice though. That and I don't think Lee need worry about her book not being read.
Spoken like someone who does not have any disabilities, I think?
Large-print books are larger and heavier than regular hardbacks or paperbacks. Larger size and more weight are concerns for those who have gripping problems. One font size does not fit all; sometimes the font in a large-type book is either too large or not large enough.
An ereader can be a godsend to those whose physical body and eyes are no longer in optimal condition because it allows precise customization to provide the most comfortable reading experience.
By not allowing ebook versions, authors are saying to a segment of their potential customer base that they are neither relevant nor necessary. To those authors I would say, if you don't need me then I don't need you, and when someone ultimately scans and uploads your book, I'll feel no sympathy when you cry publicly about it.
You'd think that Harper Lee would have learned from her own experience when she realized that she didn't understand the papers she had signed - perhaps because she couldn't read them well?