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Can you use a Kindle if you are paralysed in one arm and hand?

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Initial post: 5 Mar 2012 23:22:12 GMT
J. Vegh says:
I want to buy a Kindle for my brother-in-law who has recently had a stroke and is paralysed in one arm and leg. He can't go to the library, so I thought it would be a good idea to get him a Kindle but as I have never had one, wondered how easy it is to use in these circumstances.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 23:25:54 GMT
I think he would be able to the controls are on both sides and you can buy cases which prop it up. If he is mobile it would be worth going to Tesco, Staples or PC world to have a go on one.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 23:27:17 GMT
Knightmare says:
He should find it really easy to use as I only ever use mine one-handed anyway.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 23:44:24 GMT
Caain says:
Sorry to read of your situation. I agree that Kindle can be used (easily) one handledly. It truly is a wonderful and very easy device to use.
Wishing your brother-in-law all the best,

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 23:52:04 GMT
~ Marie ~ says:
I'd also recommend a cover with a stand such as Duragadget Genuine Leather Case & Cover with Stand for Kindle - Black - it'd make things even easier if he props it on the flat arm of a chair for example.

All the best and please let us know how he gets on.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2012 23:52:17 GMT
Denis Powell says:
J Vegh, a Kindle is easier to read one handed than a paper book, in my opinion, but I think the new smaller Kindle may be slightly easier to balance in the hand than the larger Keyboard Kindle, and provided he doesn't need any of the audio capabilities it may be marginally easier to use, but that will vary from person to person. Some of the cases can make the Kindle difficult to hold and add to the weight but have the advantage of added protection so you may want to consider that cost too.

I like to read at night so have a lighted cover for my new Kindle and that might also be a useful thing for your brother-in-law as it's perfectly possible to operate one handed. Closing the cover will turn off and park the light. There's no need to turn any Kindle off as it will go to sleep on it's own after 10 minutes of not being used.

The new smaller Kindle will need to be connected to wifi once in order to enable all the options, but if he doesn't have wifi at home perhaps you could do that for him. Amazon eBooks can be downloaded to a PC/Laptop and transferred to the Kindle using the USB cable so after that first time wifi isn't actually needed, although it is an advantage for both buying and downloading. If you buy the Keyboard Kindle 3G, however, no wifi is needed provided it's within range of a mobile phone mast and it works fully straight out of the box. No computer is needed at all for that model, although as an Amazon account is needed that's much easier to manage if he has a PC or Laptop.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 00:21:21 GMT
Maria says:
I think all the previous posters have covered all points, other than perhaps trying one belonging to a friend or relative if possible & I think there is still a money back guarantee (but please check that). I wish your brother-in-law the best & think that he would enjoy reading on a Kindle & that you are kind to think of this.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 03:01:19 GMT
@JV: I do not disagree withany of the above posts. However an ebook reader (Kindle) does require a bit of thinking about and learning how to use it. It is no good dumping a brand new kindle on your BiL and assuming all will be well - he will need a bit of assistance and encouragement to get used to it. After a scarily short time all will become second nature, but a couple of hours at the start would help him considerably.

Some strokes also reduce sensitivity and make hand/eye co-ordination difficult. A little practice may be required in getting used to the small power switch at the bottom of the device and the general navigation of the thing (selecting books from the menu, ect.) using the 5-way button. Again, it should all become childs play very quickly, but at first it could be a bit daunting.

A common side affect of many strokes is a small degree of difficulty with words, reading, etc. The ability to increase the font size seems to help a lot, but takes a few keystrokes. Again, once done a few times it's easy but may take a couple of demonstrations.

If there is a larger reading difficulty (which your BiL may be reluctant to talk about) then the more expensive Kindle has a Talk To Me feature that literally has a computer generated voice read the book out loud. The voice is not perfect and if you are 100% then it's probably irritating. For those of us with a few wobbly bits not at 100% it's a wonderful feature that makes reading possible sometimes. It does cost more, but you may want to have a small think about it.

Bottom line: After a short introduction an ereader should be a great boon. Time spent helping your BiL to get accustomed to it will probably be necessary (whichever ereader you choose) but will be time well spent. If you can afford the extra, the more expensive keyboard Kindle with audio capacity would be a great and generous option.

I am assuming that the downloading aspect of book is understood. If not say something and I'm sure others will be able to give you positive support :)

I offer you and yours my sincere best wishes over the coming months in adapting and overcoming the difficulties presented by his stroke. Regards, CW.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012 08:10:33 GMT
Vikki says:
Hi - yes you can. I had a stroke 3 years ago and as a result lost the use of the right side of my body. After struggling to read tree books, my husband suggested a kindle and have to say I've never looked back since. At first I found it a little difficult to hold, but after getting a cover I have found that I can loop the cover over the weak hand and use the good hand to press the button to turn the pages. I hope this helps.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 08:59:30 GMT
DC says:
A Kindle will certainly be usable. Whilst the Kindle is generally lighter and more manageable than books, the issue I find as a two-handed person is the need to swap hands when reading, for comfort. You might want to look at is some means of propping the device at an angle. I have seen wedge shaped cushions which might do the trick. Padded trays, with the a sort of beany bag at the back, might also be of use (and possibly not just for Kindles).

Given Vikki's experience, I'd try her solution as well.

For the future, Amazon have recently bought a voice control company, so we might see some developments in that area, which would be welcome.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 09:11:11 GMT
worm says:

Not quite the same situation obviously, but I got a Kindle for my father in the last few months of his life while he was suffering from spinal cancer and lost all the strength on his right side. He absolutely loved it and it made his quality of life much, much better. You could barely get the damn thing out of his hands to charge it :)

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 12:28:04 GMT
Lee says:
yeah a Kindle will be fine for him to use,much easier than a book.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 12:32:33 GMT
Nigel Brett says:
I have always used the cover folded back and fastened to use as a pocket which makes it very easy for one handed use. Not sure about the nerve sensitivity though.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 12:45:45 GMT
Lilian says:
I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and holding a paper book can become painful at times. Thankfully I now have my Kindle and it is very easy to read and hold....even easier if you use it flat on a tray or something similar. A cover with a stand would be ideal for reading in bed for instance, and the ability to enlarge the print is a real help as well for those of us with poor reading sight :-) I wish your Brother-in-law all the best and I am sure he will enjoy his Kindle, and appreciate your kindness and generosity :-) God bless you both :-)

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 16:47:01 GMT
Thomas Hardy says:
I'm glad the comments have been positive, having had two strokes. although weaker in one arm, I manage the Kindle easily, before I bought my Kindle I used Kindle For PC, I bought the 3G version as I don't need wi-fi.
Hope your brother enjoys it, its my favourite tech addition :)

Posted on 6 Mar 2012 22:00:49 GMT
Tigger's Mum says:
Just a tip, if you select the read to me option on the K3 and don't like the voice, you can turn the volume down until you can't hear it but let the pages turn automatically. It might help anyone with a weakness. Not every single book is enabled for text to speech but most are.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 11:36:39 GMT
J. Vegh says:
Thank you for this info.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 11:37:23 GMT
J. Vegh says:
Thank you for your detailed response.
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