Amazon and Sony Don't Want to Build E-Readers for the Blind
Manufacturers of e-readers are asking for an exception to the federal requirements that would force them to add features to make them accessible to the blind. Their argument rests on the distinction between an e-reader and a tablet. Any devices that lets people surf the Web or swap electronic messages has to be accessible to people with disabilities. Since e-readers mostly just let people read, they should be exempt, say Amazon (AMZN), Kobo (3815:JP), and Sony (6758:JP) in a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year.