Re: Does Kindle Work Well With JAWS?

Brad Martin

For what it's worth, the IRS has made several of the books I use available as an Epub, and Adobe Digital Editions works fairly well for me as an Epub reader.


On 7/7/2015 5:56 PM, Soronel Haetir via Jfw wrote:
My experience with the accessible kindle app isn't quite that bad but
still kindle is far from my first choice of format.

But then I have not tried it for anything reference or learning type,
only fiction so finding an exact spot hasn't been relevant to me.

Honestly my first choice is plain text, then RTF, followed by doc and
PDF. I have not tried epub, mostly because I have been unable to find
an epub reader that sounds at all accessible (my book port is supposed
to be able to deal with epub but I have not tried it).

Plain text does have the disadvantage of not being able to deal with
math type stuff very well, for that sort of thing both RTF and doc are
excellent. But I also understand why publishers don't make material
available in those formats, as they provide no real DRM protection.

On 7/7/15, Adrian Spratt via Jfw <jfw@...> wrote:

I tried it several months ago with a book I needed to read on short notice.
I remember finding it extremely frustrating. As I recall, I couldn't stop
and have it start at the same point, but perhaps there's a bookmark function
that I somehow missed. As I recall, I also couldn't conveniently go back to
re-read a sentence or paragraph. As Soronel indicates, the voice was
horrible to listen to and hard to comprehend. In the end, I bought the
paperback and performed OCR on it so that I could read it with JAWS.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [mailto:jfw-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Rick Miller
via Jfw
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 5:51 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.; The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Rick Miller
Subject: Re: Does Kindle Work Well With JAWS?

Have you ever tried to read an actual e-book from Amazon using the Kindle
ap? If so, were you able to do it?

Rick Miller

-----Original Message-----
From: Soronel Haetir via Jfw <jfw@...>
Sent: Jul 7, 2015 9:56 AM
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Cc: Soronel Haetir <soronel.haetir@...>
Subject: Re: Does Kindle Work Well With JAWS?

Neither the regular or accessible kindle app REALLY "works" with jaws,
what THE accessible version does is detect that an accessibility
program is running (at least jaws, NVDA and window eyes are detected,
don't know about others) and then enables self-voicing. My chief
complaint is that the choice of voices is very limited and of even
lower quality than my book port.

If I have the choice between kindle, PDF and text kindle is always my
last choice of formats.

On 7/7/15, Rick Miller via Jfw <jfw@...> wrote:
No. I just went straight to the regular Amazon page and to the book I
wanted to download. Then I just downloaded the regular ap. If there is
thing with a disability plug-in, then I will just remove what I
this morning.

Rick Miller

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary King via Jfw <jfw@...>
Sent: Jul 7, 2015 7:29 AM
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Cc: Gary King <w4wkz@...>
Subject: Re: Does Kindle Work Well With JAWS?

Did you get the Kindle for PC with Accessibility Plugin? If you didn't
download that version, go to

and read the information on that page. There is also a download link.

With this version of the program, JAWS reads the menus, while the

speech that comes with the program reads the text of the book.

If you are reading a novel or other book that you can read straight
the program works fairly well. However, if you need to go to different
parts of a book or search for specific content, forget it. Navigation
limited, and JAWS can't read the text in the book directly. The JAWS
feature can give you access to the text of each page, but multiple

cause reading difficulties.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, the iOS app works much better for reading

Gary King
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Miller via Jfw" <jfw@...>
To: <Jfw@...>
Cc: "Rick Miller" <mil9@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 6:38 AM
Subject: Does Kindle Work Well With JAWS?

Dear Listers:

I am considering trying to purchase an e-book in Kindle edition from
I have downloaded the Kindle ap, but first I need to sign in and
it. But first, I need to know from somebody if it has ever worked
JAWS. I am using JAWS 16. Have any of you out there been able to use
Kindle ap and read an e-book using JAWS? If so, how well has JAWS
for you. Would any of you recommend using Kindle with JAWS?

Rick Miller

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