Kindle & Macular Degeneration

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Kindle & Macular Degeneration
People with macular degeneration need a way to make the print larger on their books. (Eye image by Igor Tsaranenko from

Macular degeneration is a disorder of the eye that causes damage to the macula, which is located in the centre of the retina. This makes it difficult to deal with fine details, one of which is reading. Electronic readers like the Amazon Kindle can help those with macular degeneration still enjoy their books.

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Special E-Ink

The Amazon Kindle uses a special "e-ink" technology that duplicates regular print on paper. This prevents much of the eyestrain that a computer screen can cause, which makes it easier for the sufferer of macular degeneration to spend more time enjoying a book on the Kindle.

Adjustable Fonts

The most useful feature for sufferers of macular degeneration on their Kindle is the adjustable font size. You can quickly change the font to a size that is the same as "large print" editions, making it easier to read.

Read-to-Me Features

Many books purchased through the Amazon Kindle have a "read-to-me" feature that can help those with macular degeneration listen to an audio book when they don't want to strain their eyes reading.

Compatible with Audible

Another feature of the Kindle is that it will allow individuals who have audio books download their audio books onto the Kindle, where they can then listen to them, making it another plus for those suffering from macular degeneration.

Instant Books

Since many individuals with macular degeneration are older people, it may be difficult for them to get to a bookstore or library when they want a new book. With the Kindle, they can purchase a book instantly and have it download directly to the e-reader.

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