Nick Bowen

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  1. Dreamspinner Press

    Hi Elaine, I believe we receive their titles through our partnership with INscribe. The last one added I believe was just a couple of days ago. However that said if you know of a book that you'd like to be added please don't hesitate to add them to our wish list by submitting a book request.
  2. Reading Lists - cross org but in same district?

    Unfortunately there's currently no system where you can share a reading lists across multiple organizations, but this is definitely something we are working on creating a system to allow.
  3. Non English books

    Hi Udita, Bookshare relies on the device or application used to access our books having the appropriate text to speech voices for our books. For the Read Now button we rely on the computer you're using to have a system Hindi voice installed. Depending on the kind of computer this should be possible, and once installed if you navigate to the settings of the web reader you'll be able to select the appropriate voice from the voice selector. Admittedly it can be difficult, especially on Windows machines that don't already come with the Hindi voice pre-installed, but using the Windows language options it is still possible. However the easiest way to access our books in Hindi is to use our Go Read application. Android is probably the easiest platform to install a Hindi voice thanks to Google's great service, and if you set you default Android language to Hindi you'll find we've also localized Go Read to Hindi as well.
  4. Voice

    Hi Vicki, What application was your student using when accessing this book? And is it reading every book they download with this voice, or just this specific one?
  5. Canine Body Language

    Hi Kate, If you can't find a book in Bookshare you can absolutely request for it to be added. Navigate to our Help Center and select the Request a Book link: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center
  6. Tool for Annotating ON a Bookshare Book

    Hi Lee Ann, Unfortunately Read2Go itself does not have the ability to allow students access to annotate, it's purely a reading application. I know Voice Dream Reader has some options that can allow for interacting with the text, it may be worth trying that application to see if it does what you are looking for.
  7. "Insufficient Privileges" (Victor Stream)

    Hi Meghan, This usually means the member's account has expired. The easy way to check is to have the member log into the Bookshare website directly, there should be an account status banner with alerts to any account issues. That said for things like this, if for any reason your client isn't able to check their account status or if maybe that's not the issue in this case, it's best to have them call us directly. We can verify their account settings and work through the other issues that might be causing this. Our help line is 650.352.0198, but note we'll be closed Thursday and Friday this week for Thanksgiving.
  8. Chrome & Web Reader

    At this point the only extension we suggest is the text to speech voice, if you pull the web reader extension itself from the list assuming the Chromebooks are all updated to a relatively new version of Chrome we know of no reason you would need to install this extension.
  9. Chrome & Web Reader

    If the Web Reader extension is forced installed on a Chromebook it will cause a conflict that will prevent the text to speech from functioning. If it's on a PC using Chrome it may still function but the member will not have access to several of our new features, including the Beeline Reader options. If the Web Reader isn't speaking on a Chromebook we do recommend using the Chrome text to speech voice. This extension will have to be installed: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh And then from the Web Reader settings make sure the Chrome HQ Female voice is selected. If it's a PC that's not speaking it's best to use the Windows search for TTS Settings, and in the settings window select the button to "preview" the built in voice. For lack of a better way to describe it, Windows sometimes on first attempt of using the Web Reader, forget that it has a text to speech engine installed. Pressing that preview button will "remind" windows it's there and magically the Web Reader will begin to work again.
  10. Chrome & Web Reader

    Hi Sandra, The Bookshare Web Reader extension is no longer needed for accessing Bookshare content. Please uninstall both extensions and simply use an updated version of Chrome, or if you're on a Mac, the included Safari browser.
  11. HELP! Embossing BRF files from Bookshare

    Hey Deborah, There's two options for embossing our books. I generally recommend downloading our books in the DAISY Text format. Inside this downloaded zip file you'll find one file that's the title of the book.xml. You can use Duxbury to open this XML file which will allow Duxbury to handle the braille translation and formatting to best fit your embosser. The other option is to download our BRF files, but be sure to go into the download settings to set your brf options to best match your embosser. When you do this process be sure duxbury isn't trying to translate the braille as well. Sometimes members will download our books in grade 2 braille, then use another device to read it which then tries to contract the braille itself making it unusable.
  12. Noteability App

    Hi Kim, It appears Noteability currently only supports PDF files, which at this time Bookshare doesn't directly provide. If you're interested there may be a way to manually convert a Bookshare book to PDF, it would involve opening the .xml file from the DAISY Text format in your browser, manually copying the content into say Microsoft Word, then saving that as a PDF.
  13. Make Bookshare available on Kindle

    Hi Simon, If you're comfortable with Android itself you can side load Go Read onto a Kindle Fire. You have to enable the settings in Android to allow apps to be installed from anywhere, then download the Go Read APK usually through a computer or somewhere from the Google store and transfer it onto the Kindle. I often use Dropbox for this but any way you can get the apk onto the device should work. This is an unsupported process on our end though, please if you do decide to attempt this note that it can make your Kindle more vulnerable. We are actively working on a couple of other options to better support Kindle devices including offering the Word format for our books which can just be opened straight away on the device.
  14. Technology for music education

    Hey Marc, From the perspective of who else to approach who might be interested in this endeavor, I'm afraid I don't have any good advice. On the technical front I know there has been some great work at Optical Music Recognition and Braille Music but I don't know how far the work has gone to bridge the gap such that a piece of music could be immediately converted to accessible formats. I know personally I've often dreamed of a music app on a phone that someone could simply point at a sheet of music and it plays audio, or produces brailled music through a refreshable braille display, or various other ways individuals may access the content. I'm not so sure that would necessarily have to be something that embeds itself into the DAISY or ePub formats, it could be it's own stand alone thing. But that said I could also see a markup language similar to MathML used to inject music into text formats, which would allow reading tools to render and access the raw music notation. I guess as I type this I'm reaching the conclusion that there's two ways to approach it, build a library of accessible music like Bookshare did with accessible content, or find a system that allows people to make music accessible on the fly. I think either option would be a great benefit to society.
  15. Technology for music education

    Hi Marc, As someone who studied music himself in college believe me when I painfully admit that Music is one area that Bookshare can't yet directly support. Any music theory book where the theory is simply contained in text Bookshare does great with. But as soon as musical notation appears in the text, either the notation is currently all images, or is actually removed from the book altogether. Unfortunately we don't currently have plans for investing time in this area, at least not yet. Our focus currently is on enhancing our ability to support Math in our books, finding ways to translate equations to formats that can be easily accessed.