Reading Kindle books on Linux

Cheryl Homiak cah4110 at
Tue Sep 15 17:49:25 UTC 2015

On my i-devices reading with braille only is for the most part a very workable and pleasant experience. While I can use speech I usually turn it off when reading with my braille display.

I very much still enjoy the command-line both on linux and Mac OS. But in most cases, I don't think that the idea that the kindle app has to be made accessible on the command line would hold up though there might be some instance that would make this supportable.


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> On Sep 15, 2015, at 9:24 AM, Sam Hartman <hartmans at> wrote:
>>>>>> "John" == John G Heim <jheim at> writes:
>    John> It's not true that using linux at the command line is a always
>    John> a choice. For one thing, command line linux runs on a lot more
>    John> platforms than does the graphical user interface. 
>> From the prospective of US accessibility law, I don't think that
> matters.
> You're not required to make apps and services accessible on arbitrary
> hardware.
>    John> And for
>    John> someone who is deaf/blind, the command line interface has
>    John> tremendous advantages.
> I don't have enough information to agree or disagree here.
>    John> When you say all these solutions are available for the GUI, I
>    John> am guessing you mean they work with speech, right? How is the
>    John> braille support?
> You can certainly get the same information that would be spoken sent to
> a braille display.
> It's been the late 1980's since I've used a braille interface for
> interacting with a computer enough to have thoughts about what would
> work well and what would not.
> For me speech was so much more efficient that I stopped using braille
> after that point.
> Based on my memory of what worked well and poorly with braille
> interfaces, and based on my understanding of the documented capabilities
> of the technology, I think it would work reasonably well.  You'd want to
> map some of the common navigation commands to things you could enter
> from your braille display.  That's supported.  At that point, yeah, I
> think the kindle app would work similarly to reading any braille book.
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