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I was browsing at Amazon today and noticed a promotion for their Kindle. I glanced at the device and briefly remembered your entry before carrying on with my desired searches, but as I browsed I kept thinking about how neat these eBook/Kindle devices would be for people with disabilities who have physical difficulty handling actual books.
You already touched upon a woman who had to use an eBook because of her book allergies, but I am another type of book-challenged individual. For me, the difficulty often lies in manipulating a book due to its size or weight; fighting with a book’s binding (i.e., books that flip shut continuously, books that must have their spines broken fully to read the pages, etc.); an inability to use two hands; or even the inability to sit in a comfy chair and just relax with a good read.
Thinking about it more and more, these examples could very much be the actual reasons behind why I do not consider myself an avid reader. In short: it’s just too much work and is often physically exhausting. It’s often just easier to watch a movie or read a blog ABOUT books instead of an actual book itself. I’ll have to give this eBook/Kindle thing a try some day, but for now it exceeds my budget.
This is not meant to be in any way a direct comparison to Claire C. Cake’s disability, but a few weeks ago I had an accident while washing dishes and ended up in the ER with stitches in my left hand . Prior to this I have never had to consider the physical unwieldiness of books, but for two weeks I had quite a difficult time maneuvering most of the books I was reading. In fact, for the first few days I pretty much didn’t read at all because I thought that so much attention spent on turning a page without having the book snap shut “just shouldn’t” be an issue. However, this is a regular issue for some people and the more streamlined and near weightless eBook/Kindle certainly provides one solution.
Additionally, the eBook/Kindle also sports some features that are more smart or more in-tuned to people’s needs. For example, the ability to change the size of the font  is terrific. Exceptionally few books ever make it to large print and once they do the price often seems to surpass its standard print counterpart. What I’ve learned? I’ve learned to be a little more open minded considering the possibility of the eBook/Kindle meeting other people’s needs rather than (quite selfishly) reflecting entirely on my own needs.
 This also explains the few days without posts: when it comes to typing I am surprisingly ambidextrous and one hand does not cut it!
 I believe it’s possible to even change the actual font.