I am afraid it is already here and not 3 years away at least here in the UK
I found last night when I went to my audible Library the download facility now takes you to a so called “help” page which only gives the option of using Audible iOS, Android, Echo etc and Windows 10.
There is an apparent option to use iTunes but if you follow the help on that it states you need the Audible app installed.
As it is now imposible to download directly from the website this is very bad news indeed.
I tried to open a “chat”with Audible support but after stating the problem they did not respond at all- I waited for 30 minutes for any acknowledgement.
So for me as of last night Audible appears inaccessible for blind users of Windows and also for devices like the victor Reader Stream/Trek and Pocket Plextalk which could until last week support the playing of Audible books.
As I am now blocked from accessing something like 60 books that I have paid for over the years I am not a happy customer.
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Eventually covers a long period of potential time. Are they going to cause problems for Windows 7 users and Windows 8 users while there are still many around? This sounds like something that may be perhaps three years away. I don't know when support for Windows 8 ends and support for Windows 7 is ending a little over a year from now.
Also, why assume the worst case? Why contact blindness organizations first? Why not discuss it with Audible and see what happens. Audible has a good record on accessibility. If there is a problem, talking with them may cause it to be solved.
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Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2018 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA and the audible app
Well do not use them myself, but their attitude is surely unacceptable and
arrogant in the extreme in my view. I'd actually report this to the blind
organisations in the country they are in and let them have a poke at them. I
would imagine they might well be shooting themselves in the foot if they
stop supporting things that actually work in favour of some snazzy heap of
windows app which is a format many people seem to think ill conceived and
pretty dire even for the sighted.
Yes its probably more secure, but that is not the main issue.
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From: "Chris Shook" <chris0309@...>
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2018 10:07 PM
Subject: [nvda] NVDA and the audible app
> This is mainlya request for the developers, but I'm posting it here hoping
> someone tells me I am mistaken.
> I use the Aubible website for Audio book purchases and downloads. I
> conteacted Audible with a request of helping me fix an issue with the
> Audible download manager.
> WHile they helped me fix the issue, the woman warned me that they would
> eventually phase out the Audible download manager because of the Audible
> app for Windows 10.
> As of right now, unless I am very much mistaken, NVDA nor JAWS will work
> with the Audible app for Windows 10.
> I would ask that someone look into this as it may become necessary for
> those of us that use the website to use the app to download books in the
> The lady I talked to said she could not give me a time frame on when they
> would do away with the Audible download manager, but that they had already
> stopped updating it.