Advocacy Pays Off in the AppleVis Editorial Team App Pick of the Month for May

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

At the end of each month, we at the AppleVis Editorial Team take a look at all the apps that have been posted to the site during that month—either for the first time, or where there has been a significant update—and decide which of these we think is the most noteworthy.

One of the most rewarding parts of contributing to the AppleVis Editorial Team is when we see a totally inaccessible app add full VoiceOver support. Our app pick of the month for May comes from this category, and we were especially pleased to see this particular app become accessible because of the hard work of various organizations - including our users - to make it so.

The AppleVis App Pick of the Month for May 2013 is Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks. With the Kindle iOS app, blind and visually impaired users now have equal access to Amazon's extensive library of Kindle books—all in an app with very good VoiceOver support.

For those just getting started with Kindle, we have a podcast demonstrating the app by our own David Woodbridge. There is also a forum topic with a lot of useful information about the app, as well as a tutorial on how to find and download Amazon’s "Kindle for iOS Accessibility Gestures - Quick Reference Guide" by Michael Iams.

Needless to say, the Kindle app has been a big hit with our users. We applaud Amazon’s efforts to make this app more accessible to people who are blind, and we hope for more accessibility enhancements in versions to come - particularly in the area of Braille support.

Other runner-up candidates for May 2013 included the constantly-improving GPS app BlindSquare, and the newly-released (and rather popular) free game Audio Archery – Archery for Your Ears.

As always, if you think we’ve missed something or have other favorite apps from May 2013, please do let us know in the comments!

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