E-books for low vision
One of the benefits of e-readers is the ability to change font type and size on any book you download. I had not considered the real advantage this could be to anyone with low vision.
My mother had low vision caused by macular degeneration. Perhaps the greatest loss from macular degeneration for her was losing the ability to read. Even large print books had type too small for her to read. The Department for the Blind with its talking books program was a life saver for her. And I was delighted when they asked me to read my book on tape for their program.
After I published Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl, I heard from many people asking if it was available in large print. Because of my mother’s experience, it pained me to have to tell them no. It had not occurred to me that I could offer them a large print version of my book by converting it to e-book format. Recently, I remedied that problem and converted my book to an e-book – it’s available in all e-book formats – from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at smashwords.com
I found a reviewof the Kindle e-reader written by a man with low vision. Click on the link to see what he has to say.
If you have a friend or relative with low vision who loves to read and hasn’t realized the advantages of an e-book, I hope you’ll share the news.