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  2. Books available in PDF

    Many times I need the PDF because I can make it readable for the student to take on their laptop. OR the student can't carry books because of they are quadriplegic and opening on a tablet in class is easier. We do require our students to purchase the book whether they actually use it or not when we give it to them in an Alternate Format.
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  4. A proofreader's questions

    Thanks, Gabby!
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  6. A proofreader's questions

    Hi Margaret, Thanks for your question. If you check the comments section of the book history the scanners email is there for questions about the scan. As for issues with spellcheck, make sure that "Do not check spelling and grammar" and "Detect Language Automatically" under the Language review box are not selected? Hope this helps. Feel free to contact with more questions.
  7. A proofreader's questions

    I have a book nearly ready for submission. I have 2 questions: there is a mark on one page that I would like to ask the scanner about. When I go to the history page and click her name, nothing happens. How can I contact this person? Also, although I have found and corrected a few scannos, when I tried to run spellcheck (using Word on a PC) it tells me immediately that spellcheck and grammar check are complete. I know this isn't working because I purposefully created an error that was not recognized. Can you give me some suggestions. Thank you so much.
  8. Can't find a textbook

    Hi Angela, Any book you cannot find on Bookshare please submit a Book Request. We'll gladly work to have it added to Bookshare. The Book Request form can be found on the Help Center.
  9. Can't find a textbook

    What do people do when a textbook they need is not available in BookShare?
  10. Kids Fire How to install reading tools

    Hi, Kylie. An app that I use for this purpose on iOS is Voice Dream Reader. While there is a version of this app available for Android devices, Nick Bowen is correct in that it's not available for the Fire tablets. There may be a way to work around this problem, however. While the Fire tablets don't ship with the Google Play store installed, it is possible to install the Play store on your Fire tablet, which means that you will, in theory, have access to more apps which are not otherwise available for your Fire tablet. Bear in mind that this is a bit of a hack and that Amazon does not support either installing the Google Play Store, nor will they assist you in its use. While I doubt that doing this will void your tablet's warranty, it is possible that it will and so, if you decide to attempt this, I would do some research and look into whether your warranty will be voided before you take the plunge. There's also no guarantee that all apps available from the Google Play Store will work on your tablet but most of them should. I also have not actually tried using VDR on my Fire and so I can offer no guarantees that this particular app will actually work. Having gotten all of these disclaimers out of the way, I will post a message I wrote to some mailing lists where I discuss how to do this. I wrote this for users who are visually impaired and who use the tablet's VoiceView screen reader. Therefore, if you're following these steps and are not using VoiceView, you'll need to take this into consideration, meaning that if I say double tap on something this means that you would just tap on it once. Here is my message. As my wife recently bought an Amazon HD 10, I have now acquired her sixth-generation HD 8. These are nice tablets, but Amazon does not, by default, have the Google Play store installed, instead preferring users to download apps directly from their own app store. This would be fine, except that Amazon's app store doesn't offer all of the apps available from the Google Play store, which I find annoying. There are a few methods for installing the Google Play store on a Fire tablet but I've found a rather simple method for doing this, which just involves a tiny bit of preparation beforehand on the tablet. What follows is a message I posted to the Visually Impaired Kindle discussion list about how to do this. There are a few methods for installing the Google Play Store on a Fire tablet. The way that I've done this in the past was to run a file which, essentially, installs all 4 files at once, without the user needing to download and install each file one at a time. This tool has worked for me in the past but it did not work reliably on my HD 8 with Fire OS However, after doing some searching I found a similar tool from the same source, which worked. First, here's the instructions for how to do this. Although the article advises that you extract the zip file into a specific folder, this is not necessary for just installing the Play Store. The only preparation you need to do for your tablet is to enable a few settings in Developer Options within Settings/Device Options. However, if you go into Device Options you'll see that Developer Options is not shown, as it's hidden, by default. To unhide Developer Options, go into Settings/Device Options. Look for the serial number. You're supposed to tap it 7 times, which means that VoiceView users need to double-tap it seven times. Once you do this, you should see a new tenth option called Developer Options. If this still isn't showing and if you only see nine options in Device Options, try double-tapping Serial Number 7 or more times again. Eventually, you'll see Developer Options. Double-tap Developer Options and look for the option USB Computer Connection. Double-tap this and set this for Camera, ptp. Go back to the previous screen. Next, look for Enable ADB, which will be off, by default. Double-tap to turn it on. Next, run the tool. Here's a direct link to it. Extract the zip file to a place where you can easily find it. If you need help doing this, just ask and I'll be happy to assist, as time allows. Open the folder containing the files and you will see two folders. The first folder is for the Mac, which you can ignore if you're using Windows. The second folder is the Supertool folder, which is what you want to open. Even though it has the phrase "fifth gen" in the title, I can tell you this worked on my sixth generation tablet. Within this folder, look for the file called 1-Amazon-Fire-5th-gen.bat, which is what you want to run. Make sure the tablet is connected, ideally before you run this file. Choose option 2 by pressing the number 2, followed by enter, which should, if all goes well, install the Google Play Store. During the installation process, you may hear VoiceView say "Google Play Services error" several times but just ignore this. Once the files are installed, it is recommended that you completely power off your tablet. Once it's powered back on, Google Play Store should appear in what is called the app grid (the list of apps) on your home screen. At some point while downloading your first app, you will likely be prompted to update your Google Play Services, which you can safely do. At this point, I would go back to Settings/Device Options/Developer Options and turn off ADB Debugging. I hope this method will be of some use. If anybody has further questions, I don't mind receiving them but I ask that you send them to the list and not to me privately. This is because I don't have a lot of time during the week to answer emails and sending them to the list gives more people a chance to respond, and those responses could benefit others who are interested in this topic. -- David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com
  11. Kids Fire How to install reading tools

    Hi Kylie, Unfortunately all of our apps are only available on the Google Play store, and Amazon does not give you access to this app store, instead you only have access to the Amazon app store. For this reason we do not have an app that is available on this platform. If you're interested we do have instructions for converting our books to a format that can be side loaded onto the devices at:
  12. Hi - I see that Bookshare works with Android. My daughter has a Kids FIre. Can someone tell me the best app to use with this and how to download it on to the Kids fire. None of the apps coming Go Read, Dolphin, etc are coming up in the App Store so I am perplexed. Thank you
  13. "Read Now" I don't want pictures described

    Hi Linda, Unfortunately there is no way to disable the reading of these descriptions at this time, however only a tiny portion of our children's books have these descriptions in our library. We are working on both ends of this issue, as we would like to have more books with image descriptions in our library for our members, but we also want to give our members the option to disable those descriptions if they so choose. There's unfortunately not a perfect way to avoid books with image descriptions, but most of them that currently have descriptions have a flag on the book detail page. For instance note this book has a listing for "Essential Images" and "Described Images" Most of our books with descriptions should have this label.
  14. "Read Now" I don't want pictures described

    Hi, I am trying to read books with pictures. After downloading a kid's book through the "read now" button on Chrome, I pushed the dictation button and as it scrolls over the page, it describes the details of the picture. I'd like to turn the picture description off. I just want the dictation of the text. Is there a way to do that? Thanks
  15. Bookshare and MAGic/JAWS on Chrome

    Thank you, Nick. I will give that a try.
  16. Bookshare and MAGic/JAWS on Chrome

    Pressing f11 should give you full screen mode. However we find if using JAWS as a screen reader many users have a better experience using Internet Explorer to access a book with the Web Reader, and then use JAWS to provide the voicing instead of using our built in voicing.
  17. Bookshare and MAGic/JAWS on Chrome

    I should probably add that this is for Chrome Web Reader
  18. What is the command for activating full screen mode while using MAGic/JAWS in Chrome on a laptop?
  19. Amazon Alexa reading books on voice command

    My brother has been asking about this. Do you have contact info for the volunteer that I could reach out to? I wouldn’t mind helping
  20. Dolphin Easy Reader

    Hi Kristen, When you're logging into Dolphin can you confirm for me the Bookshare logo is above the username field? Also make sure the device is connected to the internet, as if it's not it might give misleading error messages. I do not know of any cache to clear, the only thing you could do is remove the app from the device completely and re-download it.
  21. Dolphin Easy Reader

    Hi Nick, unfortunately, Dolphin is still giving me the error message "failed to log in - incorrect username or password" I have restarted the app and iPad a few times without success. Is there a cache I can clear? Thank you for your help! Kristen
  22. Textbook Page Navigation - Can I skip to next paragraph?

    Hi Angela, If you're on a PC Open Lore Reader and Kurzweil both work great and offer far different experiences. Open Lore is far less expensive, offers a very nice strategy for embedded images in that they're pulled off to the side to not interfere with the reading itself, and offers an incredible amount of visual display options specifically designed for students with reading disabilities, especially dyslexia. Kurzweil has been around longer, and is a little harder to use in the grand scheme of things but does offer more functionality especially for teachers where they offer an integrated online library to help teachers assign content directly to their students, and integrates with their mobile application as well. For more information on both check out Open Lore Reader and their options at: And Kurzweil at:
  23. Textbook Page Navigation - Can I skip to next paragraph?

    For student with a reading disability, what reading tool should I set him up with so he can navigate through a textbook?
  24. Textbook Page Navigation - Can I skip to next paragraph?

    Hi Angela, Unfortunately the answer it depends, many of our reading tools do offer navigation options to move forward by a paragraph or a line at a time. But if for instance your students are reading through the Bookshare Web Reader we do not currently have these navigation options available.
  25. Dolphin Easy Reader

    Hi Kristen, You will still need to create a separate Dolphin account, but you should be able to log in with the individual demo:, password: memberdemo1 Note though this will only have access to our freely available titles, not our entire collection. It's easiest to search for the titles that include "Bookshare Demo" to pull our two designated demo titles.
  26. Hello! I am attempting to make detailed walkthroughs of how to access Bookshare on the Dolphin Easy Reader app. I tried to use the demo account to maintain student privacy, but Dolphin does not recognize the login. Is there a different demo login we could use? (I tried both the organizational login and individual member login). Thank you!
  27. I was testing a social studies textbook for usefulness. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a question followed by three long lines for students to write their responses. The digital voice "reads" those lines as "underscore, underscore, underscore..............." for a really long time. How do I advance to the next paragraph? Does the reader always begin at the beginning of each page if I push the read button, or can I place it to start where I need it to read?
  28. Noteability App

    Dear Kim, If you have Google Chrome, you can automatically print your book as a PDF. Here is the sequence (I use a mac): First, open the document in Chrome (let me know if you do not know how to do this). Second, hit the button to print the page (command or control + P) Third, change the print destination to "Save as PDF" Fourth, save it and it will go wherever you want. Here's some pictures if it helps (I hate written instructions):
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