Wednesday, July 04, 2007

For the Love of Books! with help from Google!

I'm very happy about efforts by Google to make books available to EVERYONE, which ultimately have the potential to make the experience of accessing information for visually impaired users just as easy as it is for those with sight.
Blind Technologist at Google, T.V. Raman explains it better, "My reading used to be determined by what was available in a form I could read. But today it's a question of using Google effectively so that I can find the right thing to read. Today's Book Search launch is an excellent example of how technology is truly democratizing access to the world's information."
You can get more information about these and projects that Ramen works on, visit Google Accessible Search, Google Book Search. The latter is opening up thousands of books to people who use adaptive technologies such as speech output, screen readers, and Braille displays.
I know the thirst I had/have for books! There were times when I read 4 books a week! I love Books but never stopped to think how others read! Yes I encourage youngsters to read, yet never paid a lot of attention to people who use adaptive technologies to have the pleasures I take for granted. Thanks!
Official Google Blog: Ever more books to read

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