Following my Kindle review yesterday, several readers asked me what I thought of the Bluetooth option and the Voiceview accessibility feature. I couldn't test that feature because I didn't own a Bluetooth speaker (or any other BT accessories for that matter), so today I went out and bought a couple speakers to I could offer a first-hand report. Since the 2016 Kindle does not support the $20 Kindle audio adapter USB dongle, the only way to enable Voiceview on this ereader is to pair with a BT speaker. And that's a shame, because every part of Voiceview over Bluetooth is a fiasco. It is difficult to set up, doesn't work for its intended purpose, and when you turn off the BT speaker the Kindle proceeds to nag you to reconnect it. There's no part of this which doesn't scream that Amazon should go back to the drawing board and try again. To start with, I had to go find the user manual and search for instructions on how to pair a BT speaker. The process was not straightforward nor as simple as with the Paperwhite (where you could enable Voiceview by plugging in a USB dongle). It took me two tries on my first attempt to pair a speaker with the [...]
By David Faucheux, a freelance audiobook reviewer for Library Journal. The views are only his and not necessarily LJ's. I've been blind most of my life. But I hold a masters degree in library and information science and am comfortable with tech although I'm not a full-fledged expert. TeleRead asked me in July if I would consider reviewing the recently…
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