Kindle controversy spreading?

Books, Technology

Opposition seems to be growing to the use of Amazon’s e-book reader in an academic setting.

amazonkindledxTwo universities this week said they will shun the device unless Amazon makes changes to make it more accessible to the visually impaired.

In June an ASU student, backed by the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind, sued Arizona State University over the use of the Kindle DX for textbooks, saying its lack of a nonvisual user interface locks the blind out of the new technology and puts them at a competitive disadavantage.

Not long after that, Amazon made waves (and provoked a lawsuit) with its decision to yank purchased content from users’ Kindles because it consisted of unauthorized editions of literary classics. (Amazon later settled the rights issues and attempted to make it up to consumers.)

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