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Old 11-14-2009, 04:40 AM   #1
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Accessible reader for vision impaired person?

I'm looking for recommendations for a reader for my husband who has recently developed vision problems. I showed him my Sony Pocket Reader with the text size at the largest setting and he was able to read on it if he held it very close.

I figure if I can get him a 6" or bigger device with even larger text size, good contrast and easy to locate buttons he might be able to enjoy reading comfortably again.

Thanks
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I remember there were a thread about tips for visually impaired. I searched for 'visually impaired' in the forums and couldn't find what I remembered, but I did find these three threads that might be of interest:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42923
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39757
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8742

The largest size on Kindle 20 pt - I don't know if that is big enough. You also have to consider which books he is going to read - what format(s) and are you prepared to convert (and perhaps de-DRM).

For a Sony, if you can convert, you can use calibre and set the base font size to a very large one - that way you can get around the size issue.

Then there's the Hanlin V3 clones, among them the Australian ECO Reader. You could ask here about specific issues:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=101
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Thanks very much for the advice. Those threads have a lot of useful information in them.

I think that most of the content that he would like to read is non-DRM (technical documents, web content, free books), so converting them for any device shouldn't be a problem.
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You could try to download calibre (if you don't already have it) and convert a couple of books and see how it works.

Here's another good thread:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39165

As for button layout, it's easy to feel the buttons on the Sony 505, and the Kindle aren't too bad either. The Hanlin V3 would be a little worse, but one could glue on small bit of something in a distinct shape, such as 2 or 3 layers of sticky vinyl.

BTW, except for text-to-speech on the Kindle, (which is surprisingly good), I don't think it has any other extra features that he could take advantage of in comparison with the others, as dictionary lookup and manu items are smaller size text.
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Thanks Ea!

I've been leaning towards either a CyBook Gen3 or Sony 505, so now I know that either one of them should be suitable. The ability to customise the fonts is an added feature that I didn't realise the Cybook had.
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I'm looking for recommendations for a reader for my husband who has recently developed vision problems. I showed him my Sony Pocket Reader with the text size at the largest setting and he was able to read on it if he held it very close.

I figure if I can get him a 6" or bigger device with even larger text size, good contrast and easy to locate buttons he might be able to enjoy reading comfortably again.

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If being heavy is not an issue, you could try a Kindle DX since it has a nice large screen which is a lot better for LARGE text then a 6" screen.
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If being heavy is not an issue, you could try a Kindle DX since it has a nice large screen which is a lot better for LARGE text then a 6" screen.
amd it has tts (text to speech) which is nice to listen to. ez reader pro 5" does it to but ours is to painful to listen .

i search for the followin in a e reader

sd card
tts
font size
and how many different ebook formats it can do

i discover these
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I've been leaning towards either a CyBook Gen3 or Sony 505, so now I know that either one of them should be suitable.
I see that one of the threads Ea referenced points out that the Sony can use larger fonts with RTF files. On the other hand, the Cybook allows a larger native font than the Sony for all formats, and has a 5 ebooks per page library view. So it may be the best current 6" device for someone with vision problems.
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Thanks very much for all of the advice. We'll give the Cybook a try.
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well having tried the ez reader pro 5 . have to say it wasnt for us the speach was annoying to hear, and after the upgrade it was to slow to read anything with.

so sold it now have 2 kindle fire one an hd with 16 gb . been trying out the accessability addition to the kindle app and we cant get the hang of it

once turned on it changes how my parners phone works using a different swipe combination and thats not helpful so we are removing the app from the phone.

some people could use it but its not for us
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