Accessibility for Kindle

Kindle devices, the Kindle reading application on Fire tablets, iOS and Android,and Kindle for PC are accessible to all our customers, regardless of ability.

Customers with moderate vision impairments or other reading disabilities can make reading more comfortable by customizing the font type, size,and weight,controlling the screen brightness,margins,and line spacing,or inverting the background and text colors.

Customers who read with assistive technology can use Amazon’s VoiceView screen reader to read on Kindle devices and with the Kindle app on Fire tablets. Fire tablets also work with popular Bluetooth refreshable braille displays. Customers who read on iOS, Android, or PC can use the screen readers supported on those devices to read more than 9 million screen reader supported books with Kindle.

We continue to improve how Kindle apps work with assistive technology. With Kindle for PC 1.23 and later, customers using the NVDA screen reader can interact with math equations and efficiently navigate tables using familiar keyboard commands.

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Kindle font selection screen

Reading with Kindle

Customized reading experience

When reading on a Kindle device, or with any of the Kindle apps on iOS, Android and Fire tablets, customers can access the main menu from inside a book to customize their reading experience.

On Kindle devices, customers can now quickly switch between different reading themes with a few simple taps in the Page Display menu. Customers with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia, can select the font, boldness level, page margin, line spacing and orientation settings they prefer and save them as a new theme. Customers with low vision may find the Low Vision setting with Amazon Ember font, large font size, bolder text, and extra line-spacing easier to read.

Read where you want

There is no screen glare, even in bright sunlight on a Kindle device. Select Kindle devices have a built-in light with adjustable brightness to increase contrast and make it more comfortable to read in the dark.

Invert Black and White & Display Size Options

The All-New Kindle paperwhite and the Kindle Oasis allow customers with light sensitivity to invert black and white on the display. And the large display option expands important parts of the display like the text on the home screen and library as well as the book icons to make it easier to read.

Feedback

We want to hear about your experience using accessibility tools with Kindle products. Please email us at kindle-accessibility@amazon.com to provide feedback.

Blind and Visually Impaired

Blind and visually impaired customers can use popular screen readers including VoiceView on Kindle devices and Fire tablets, VoiceOver on iOS, TalkBack on Android, and NVDA and JAWS on Windows to enjoy over 9 million screen reader supported titles in the Kindle Store.

Refine your search on the Kindle Store to easily find eBooks which are screen reader supported. The screen reader supported property on the book details page indicates if popular screen readers will support the book. Functionality may vary across titles and screen readers. If you find a title is not working as you expect it to, please let us know. On Windows, only books purchased and read on Kindle for PC version 1.19 or higher are supported. Please contact customer support to request updates to books purchased and downloaded with previous versions.

Use VoiceView, or other screen readers to read character by character, word by word, or continuously, as well as move forward or backward in the text. Look up words in the dictionary and Wikipedia. On the latest release of Kindle for PC, read MathML content with NVDA and MathPlayer and navigate tables using NVDA table commands.

Amazon’s Fire tablets, the Kindle app for iOS and Android, and the Kindle for PC app enable you to read with refreshable braille displays by connecting them to the device via Bluetooth. Kindle for iOS provides additional support for Apple accessibility features such as Speak Screen, Zoom, Assistive Touch, and Stereo to Mono audio.

Navigation and Exploration

Navigate your library or within a book using consistent title, menu, and button names. Explore content and navigate item-by-item as well as by touch using VoiceView gestures on Kindle devices, your Fire tablet, or common accessibility gestures on VoiceOver, Talkback, NVDA or JAWS. Search for a book within your library or search within your book and navigate to specific locations.

VoiceView screen reader

The VoiceView screen reader is available on Fire tablets and Kindle devices. It provides spoken feedback to describe the actions that take place on your screen.

VoiceView can be activated from any screen on a Fire tablet by holding the power button down until you hear an alert and then holding two fingers slightly apart on the screen.

The Kindle Audio Adapter activates VoiceView on Kindle Paperwhite when plugged into the Micro-USB port. Just plug your headphones or speakers into the audio jack on the Kindle Audio Adapter to use your e-reader with an audio interface. To activate VoiceView on a Kindle Device with Bluetooth support, see the setup instructions below.

Adjustable reading speed

Control how fast VoiceView speaks. The rate at which VoiceView feedback is spoken can be set to one of eight different speeds of your choice.

VoiceView tutorial

The VoiceView tutorial helps you master operating your Kindle device or Fire tablet using the screen reader. The tutorial will start automatically the first time VoiceView is activated. It can be opened at any time from within VoiceView settings on any device.

Supported Kindle Devices

Kindle and All-New Kindle Oasis with VoiceView over Bluetooth audio.

Kindle Paperwhite Blind and Visually Impaired Readers Bundleis available which includes the latest Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi including Special Offers, a Kindle Audio Adapter, and $19.99 Account Credit.

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Kindle VoiceView over Bluetooth Setup Instructions

Please read all instructions before starting setup, then reference them as needed. There will be no audio announcement or feedback until the last step.

  1. Press the Power button once to turn on your Kindle. The Power button is located on the bottom of the device next to the Micro-USB/power port.
  2. Wait 45 seconds.
  3. Put your Bluetooth audio device into pairing mode.
  4. Press and hold the Power button for 9 seconds.
  5. Hold two fingers spaced apart on the screen for 1 second, then wait up to 2 minutes to hear audio.
  6. When you hear audio from your Bluetooth device, hold two fingers spaced apart on the screen.

Troubleshooting: If you do not hear audio from your Bluetooth device within 2 minutes of completing step 5, confirm your Bluetooth audio device is in pairing mode and repeat steps 4 and 5.

Once your audio device is connected and VoiceView is enabled for the first time, the VoiceView tutorial will begin. You will also be prompted to complete setup, including connecting to a wireless network and registering your Kindle.