Inc. will add two features to its Kindle eBook reader to make the gadget more accessible to blind and visually impaired students and other users.

The company's Dec. 7 announcement comes a month after Syracuse University in New York and the University of Wisconsin-Madison said they would not consider widely deploying the device as an alternative to paper textbooks until Amazon makes it easier for blind students to use. (See "Schools protest Kindle's setup for the blind.") Both universities bought some Kindles to test this fall.

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