Reading Kindle books on Linux
hartmans at mit.edu
Tue Sep 15 15:02:15 UTC 2015
>>>>> "John" == John G Heim <jheim at math.wisc.edu> writes:
John> No one on a linux users list should criticize someone else for
John> their choice of platform.
I don't criticize the choice of platform.
Beyond a certain point--and I definitely think command line linux is
well past that point--I don't think it's Amazon's problem to make it
I think it's entirely reasonable for you to try and convince them they
If I were in there position, I would be very hard to convince.
However, I reject the idea that there is some ethical judgment against
Amazon because they choose not to support command-line Linux.
I'll note that they almost certainly don't support command-line Linux
for sighted users either.
John> Otherwise, Amazon could say if you
John> want access to our books, you have to buy our computers and
John> use our software.
I think it's entirely reasonable for Amazon to say this.
I'd choose not to do business with them if they did.
John> And if it doesn't work for you, too
I wouldn't go that far. Amazon for a variety of reasons has obligations
related to accessibility. However, I think those obligations are only
related to the platforms they support. I was very frustrated at
Amazon's Android accessibility, and cases where they used captchas with
no audio option on their websites (and had a nice chat with a VP at
Amazon about that issue).
However, in these cases, they have chosen to support Android and the
They have not, and I don't think it is reasonable that they should be
obligated to, support command-line Linux.
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