Review of Kindle Cloud Reader

Kindle Cloud Reader Reviewed 05 Sep 2012 · Average score 62%


The Kindle Cloud version was easy to access from the Amazon web pages. It is mainly a mouse driven service although it has screen reader access in parts with NVDA working with Firefox if the book is accessible. However, due to the interesting keyboard access at times it might be easier to choose another online service if this support is required.

Detailed Results

# Test Outcome Notes
1 Login, Signup and Other Forms Accessible 67% Login to Amazon requires a Captcha to set up a new account and some labels were missing from the form. This may make it harder for the screen reader user - NVDA was able to read the forms.
2 Image ALT Attributes 33% Images in books are not read out by NVDA - Only the Library was read aloud not the bookmarking or other menu icons. VoiceOver also failed. However, this is an ebook service not a document editing service.
3 Link Target Definitions 0% There are only menu links in the service for the books and these have labels but are not necessarily screen readable.
4 Frame Titles and Layout 67% Frames have been labelled and it is possible to get NVDA to read in Firefox on a Windows PC, VoiceOver in Safari was more problematical.
5 Removal of Stylesheet 0% The reading pages were virtually unusable when the style sheets were removed.
6 Audio/Video Features 100% There were no video or audio features in the books tested.
7 Video/animations - audio descriptions 100% There were no animations or videos in the books tested.
8 Appropriate use of Tables 33% Tables in the books read could not be accessed via keyboard or screen readers. There were no tables used for layout purposes.
9 Tab Orderings Correct and Logical 67% Tab ordering worked with the frames but seem to fail with some menu items.
10 Page Functionality with Keyboard 0% Keyboard access seemed to be compromised although it was possible to navigate through book pages and exit the service via the browser keyboard short cuts,.
11 Accessibility of Text Editors 100% There is no text editing in this service and the edit forms for the login were largely accessible - NVDA appeared to read the edit boxes even though the label was missing.
12 Appropriate Feedback with Forms 100% Feedback from Amazon website was appropriate.
13 Contrast and Colour Check 67% The site contrast levels were acceptable when it came to reading the books and alternative were offered but certain menu items were hard to distinguish with grey on black and did not respond to the operating system high contrast mode.
14 Page Integrity when Zooming 100% Zoom worked well for all elements of the site.
15 Text size, style, blinking elements and Readability 100% Book text style and size could be changed - there was no blinking text and layout was simple.