Books for people who cannot read – Alexa helps people who are alexic as well as dyslexic

The book industry has changed so much- all the new ways to read or hear a book –  Amazon’s Alexa can share books with people who might really enjoy some story telling but cannot read – they could be  too small, they could be dyslexic, they could be”Alexic”. 

In neuropsychology there are words that we only come across when a brain is not well.  Someone whose brain has taken a knock could be aphasic (not able to speak properly), agnosic (not able to recognise objects), prosopagnosic (not able to recognize faces) or , new word coming up ‘alexic’.  The “a” means that something is missing so afamilial means you have no family.  Alexia means the absence of the ability to read.

But Alexa was shown on TV recently helping a women who had lost her ability to read to access the books she had collected for her retirement  – but then lost with a rare type of dementia.  An Alexa type device gave her back her books.

I had not seen Amazon and Jeff Bezos as anything other than money-making machines but the Big Life Fix showed that tech is looking to a future that is not about young people with new kit but old people keeping quality of life.  So as a self-published author I am happy to do battle with all the different platforms for books, e-books, audio books, library books, library e-books and library audio books.

 

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