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  2. josmurray

    Page Numbers Please

    It would be great if the downloaded versions of books could have page numbers that matched papercover books that are used in mainstream classrooms. My 8th grade Bookshare user can never read out loud the paragraph the teacher is asking her (fully sighted) classmates to read. They have read "Joy Luck Club", "The Chosen" and are going to read "Black Boy". I am increasingly frustrated by being told that this isn't possible, that it's up to the publisher to include page #s.
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  5. Jerri Partee

    Book suggestions

    Hi Robert, To submit a book request, you will need to log into your Bookshare account and use the online form so that a staff member from our Collection Development team can get started working on your request. You will receive email updates throughout the process and a direct link to access the title once it is available in our library collection.
  6. Jessy Haugh

    New to BookShare

    Hi Jada, I would recommend trying the app Dolphin EasyReader. Currently this is one of the more popular apps that works with Bookshare. The app itself is free, and you have many options in how you would like to read, how the pages are turned, highlighting, and many choices in voices. You can also edit any voice to fine tune the reading experience. I myself find this app to be one of the best currently available.
  7. Jada Williams

    New to BookShare

    Was wanting to know the best option for an app that would allow my daughter to actually tap on the screen to turn pages. Jada is 15 and has cerebral palsy. She currently uses an Ipad for a communication device. Would like her to be more in control and to turn pages after they are read to her. We have an extra Android tablet that she would use for her Bookshare books. Currently trying Go Read but not having any success and it may be because we are not familiar with what we are doing.
  8. Jessy Haugh

    Setting Up Bookshare on Ipad...

    Hi Aaron, If you are using a compatible browser (laptop/computer), just search for a book, then on the results page, locate the “Read Now” button which will appear above or the left of the “Download” button. Clicking this link will begin the process of packaging and opening the book in your web browser. To utilize the self-voicing audio and word highlighting features, one must be using the Google Chrome Browser on a PC, or Safari on a Mac. If you are using a smartphone or tablet you are going to want to download a compatible app that works with Bookshare. I would recommend the app Dolphin EasyReader, not only is it one of the more popular apps among our members it is also free.
  9. Robert Siejak

    Book suggestions

    Could you please obtain the book entitled, “At the Throne of Grace “ by John MacArthur? Thank you.
  10. Sorry. Completely new to Bookshare. Trying to set up reading on an iPad for my daughter. I am most interested in the audio reading that highlights the word as it reads. I think she is most likely to use it in that fashion. So I see I can download the book in Daisy Text, Audio, BRF, EPUB, and Word. Tried downloading the books in all formats except audio and importing to Speechify, but it isn’t working. Looks like Speechify was designed to use PDFs. Any advice on how to set this up? Should I be installing a different app onto the iPad? Thanks for any help.
  11. Jerri Partee

    Printing Student Long-In Info

    Hi Casey, Unfortunately, we don't currently have a way to allow schools to print off usernames and password for students. However, the workaround solution I like to offer is downloading the Student Login Form from the Training Resources Library page and keeping that on file at the school. If you don't know the current username and password information you can assign or reset that on the member roster.
  12. Jessy Haugh

    Using Bookshare through Capti (iOS)

    Hi Katherine, Unfortunately at this time Capti is not able to link directly to our reading lists. For this app, members will still need to be assigned reading lists. This essentially unlocks those titles for download. The member can search for the title, and a download option will be presented for those titles in the list. I would recommend downloading the free app Dolphin EasyReader. I find this app to be more accessible, and it offers many more features that you would typically have to pay for use with Capti Premium. The Dolphin app also links to our reading lists.
  13. Alyssa Arato

    Voice Options on WebReader

    Thanks for the feedback. I have used VoiceDraem with students and don't love the options, but will explore Dolphin Easy Reader. Will also check out VoicePods - looks interesting!
  14. Katherine von Kreisler

    Using Bookshare through Capti (iOS)

    Our middle school has created several Reading Lists on the Bookshare website, and have added our students (Bookshare members) to the reading lists. However, when using Bookshare through the Capti app on the iPad, the reading lists don't show up for them to choose from. Is Bookshare not compatible with Capti to that extent? To see the created reading lists do the student have to go through the Bookshare website directly? Thank for any input!
  15. Jaena Hardin

    Voice Options on WebReader

    Our school just subscribed to Voicepods and has been happy with the more realistic voice options: www.voicepods.com
  16. Casey Owens

    Printing Student Long-In Info

    How can I print off student's usernames and passwords?
  17. Jessy Haugh

    Voice Options on WebReader

    Alyssa, Unfortunately, this is one of the limitations with the WebReader. All of our titles use text to speech (TTS), which is why we are able to have such a large library. I recommend our members download an app that works with Bookshare, like Dolphin EasyReader (free) or Voice Dream Reader (paid). These apps have many more voices to choose from, and also have features that the WebReader does not offer at this time.
  18. Alyssa Arato

    Voice Options on WebReader

    I have a student and his family who are unhappy with the voices offered on Bookshare's WebReader. They feel that they are very robotic and hard to listen to, which I must agree with them on. They were hoping for something more comparable to Learning Ally in this respect. Anyone know if I am missing something when it comes to voice options? Or would Bookshare ever consider adding more realistic, human voices to the site?
  19. Linda Miller

    Pronunciation dictionary

    Please do forward the suggestion to the developer. But the developer should also know that there is a bug in that I cannot correct the pronunciation of "Dr." to be "doctor" rather than "drive". Also, if there is a period followed by a comma as in "a.m., tomorrow" the pronunciation includes the word "comma" being spoken.
  20. Jessy Haugh

    Pronunciation dictionary

    Unfortunately at this time you are not able to import the dictionary. Though we can send this feedback over to the developer of the app. When it comes to how the app is reading words this is another major limitation to the technology. Currently adding the word to the pronunciation dictionary is the only way to try, and correct this issue.
  21. Hi Kathy, I will reach out and contact you directly. I think I found the title you're searching for in our collection, however, if not I can provide further details.
  22. Linda Miller

    Pronunciation dictionary

    I have both the iOS version and the Android versions of VoiceDream Reader. I have been using the iOS version for about a year. My pronunciation dictionary is now fairly long. On the iPad, that app allows you to forward the dictionary in text format by email, message, etc. That is GREAT! But, how does that really benefit us if there is no way to import it? I would like to find a way to import that dictionary and have it be used as the pronunciation dictionary on the Android. Any ideas? BTW, I don't see a way to export the pronunciation dictionary on the Android. Another issue with the Android pronunciation dictionary is that it sometimes says "comma" when there is a comma. I don't know how to change that one. If you know, tell me. Also, when there is a "Dr.", it says "drive". I know this is common like for the word "read" which is pronounced "red" or "read" inappropriately sometimes. However, I read more books that have "Dr." that should be pronounced "doctor" rather than "drive" so I added it to the pronunciation dictionary. The Android ignores this every time. It never says "doctor". Any ideas how to change this? Thanks, Linda P.S. If there ends up being a way for importing a pronunciation dictionary to improve the experience, we could collaborate and build a really great version that has less mistakes.
  23. Jessy Haugh

    Read2Go - Only one word at a time

    Hi Courtney, Unfortunately we have been experiencing a few issue with this app. Due to the fact it is not being supported as much with new firmware on certain devices. I would suggest deleting the app, and downloading it again. This seems to push any updates through to the app itself. I would also recommend downloading the free app Dolphin EasyReader. Not only is this currently one of the more popular apps it also links directly to Bookshare's reading lists. I have also used this app myself, and find it to be one of the more accessible ones.
  24. Jessy Haugh

    Voice Type and Cadence

    Ellen, Unfortunately, if you are using the ReadNow option you can only change the speech rate of the voice. I would recommend downloading the app Dolphin EasyReader. Not only is this app free but you can edit the voice, speech rate, and choose from many different voices to find what best fits your needs.
  25. Hello, I am a VI teacher in a small rural public school district. One of my student's general ed. classroom teachers (social studies) is sometimes using Kids Discover magazine (in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in the classroom. I have been copying and pasting the content from what I've found online of the magazine, but it is not the same print (most current) materials as what is in the magazine that I have from the teacher. I have to retype much of the document so that I can save it to a USB for my student to use on her Braille Sense U2 in class. I need to know if Bookshare can help me get access to the magazine in a Word format that is current or if someone has a suggestion to gain access to the materials.
  26. Jerri Partee

    Internet Archive downloads

    Hi Linda, The Internet Archive is a partner collection that our members can use to search for books outside of the Bookshare collection. The Internet Archive has a large collection of books, including over 3 million DAISY titles, including periodicals and older reference materials. Unfortunately you won't be able to search the Internet Archive on Voice Dream Reader or any of the mobile apps. To search for books in the Internet Archive, go to Advanced Search (https://www.bookshare.org/search), and select "Internet Archive" from the "Collections to Search" drop-down menu. You'll still need to run an active search in order to show results. Please note that the Internet Archive is a separate collection from Bookshare. We do not produce the books in the Internet Archive. As such, we cannot ensure the quality of Internet Archive books, nor can we provide support on using their resources. For more information on the Internet Archive, visit their website: http://archive.org/details/texts
  27. Ellen Eadie

    Voice Type and Cadence

    I am trying to locate where I can customize the voice and cadence with which my daughter's books are read to her. Is there a way I can find a voice that sounds a little less mechanized? Thank you in advance for your help
  28. Courtney Carry

    Read2Go - Only one word at a time

    I have a student with the Read2Go app on her iPad, but we have learned that some books only read one word at a time. Other books read the sentences smoothly, but some books pause between each word. I have played with the settings and made zero progress. Any suggestions for getting all books to read without hesitation?
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