As with most doctors we are constantly on the lookout for items we feel may help our patients. The Amazon kindle has been out for a few years now, however they recently upgraded it. The Amazon Kindle, holds a lot of promise for patients that have poor vision as a result of macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma or any ocular condition that impairs vision.
What I like the most about the Kindle, for patients with low vision, is that it uses a high resolution screen with very high contrast letters, black print on a white background, just like a book, however, most importantly you can increase the size of the letters. Changing the font size is a great option for patients with impaired vision that want to read books. As you can see in the photo the Kindle is about the size of a paperback book, however it is as thin as a pencil, weighing in at just over 10 ounces, which is less than a paperback book.
Most new bestseller books are about $10, however many books are less than that. There are currently 250,000 titles in the Kindle library. It takes about 60 seconds to download a book wirelessly with the included wireless network (using Sprint’s Cellular Data Network), no WiFi necessary. The Kindle holds 1500 books, with your library backed up by Amazon, so if you have to make room for a book and years later want to reread it you just download it again at no charge.
I also like the kindle for patients that find it difficult to hold a heavy book or have a hard time turning the page such as those with MS or patients that have had a stroke. The Kindle also has a text to speech option so it can even read to you. Subscriptions to major newspapers are available as well.
Let me know what you think. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.