Ebooks should be made available to all!

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For those of us with a disability that renders regular print useless, alternative formats are essential but few and far between. For the visually impaired, dyslexic and those with learning difficulties, regular print is not an option. Audio books are expensive and few and far between, braille for the blind even less popular while depending on volunteers to transcribe the print into Braille meaning the books generally are released months, if not years after the initial release date. Large print books are often harder to find so these groups of readers are limited on their choices. If Ebooks were available on devices such as the kindle or even available to download in PDF, or other text documents more people would have access to not only leisurely reads but possibly to important texts for their work or school. research for students would be less troubling as more and more texts are being made available electronically. But while the Authors gild claim that text to speech is an infringement on audio copyright, then these groups of people are still being left behind in the reading world. We petition that Ebooks should be made available on any device that will support text to speech and in a format that will allow any screen reader to translate the text for the individual users. Text to speech is an computerized sound and does not replicate a human voice. And if Ebooks were more readily available to such a market as this, book sales would increase and the door of literature, hobbies, learning and information would be open to the visually impaired, the dyslexic and those suffering from learning difficulties.

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