Nick Bowen

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  1. Hi Monica, The good news is this is a new feature we recently implemented, now all Organizational Members can be assigned a username and password to log into Bookshare with. Please note that they cannot access the entire Bookshare library, but they can access any book a sponsor shares with them through reading lists. For more information see our page: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/empowering-all-your-students-access-bookshare
  2. The feature suggestion forum if a place where Bookshare members can help us improve Bookshare. Please come, make new posts for ideas you have for improving Bookshare or reply to existing posts to add to the conversation for ideas others have. All posts can be voted on if you support the idea to help us prioritize updates.
  3. (Submission from previous platform) When creating Reading Lists for students, I am unable to see which books have Read Now links. I would like a Read Now column added to the sponsor's view. It would not have to be a live link, only an indication that the book is accessible through a Reading List without a download. It is time consuming to go back and forth between the sponsor and student roles to determine if this is the case for the books I add.
  4. (Submission from previous platform) Can you add the ability where we can upload PDF files of all of the scan books and bookshare would put them in the corect fromats since it is hard to do it with Math texbooks and the best way is to do it by PDF. Response by Ginny Grant, Product Manager, Literacy Products, Bookshare: We are definitely looking at how to handle PDFs that were created with accessibility in mind, and also working on tools that will help to create accessible math equations, graphs, etc. Can you provide more details on the methods or tools that you are using to create these resources initially? Related response by Michael Ward: The methods i use is using my scanner which only outputs to PDF format. I am alos able to sonvert it into the kursweil 3000 file format know as .kesi Can you work on something so your volanteers can inport theses kids of files other than rtf so that better quality books can be provided to your members.
  5. Welcome to the new home for the broader Bookshare community. This forum has 5 sub-forums for different discussion topics: If you're interested in suggesting a new feature for Bookshare visit our Feature Suggestions forum. If you're interested in discussing all things related to volunteering for Bookshare visit our Bookshare volunteers forum. If you're interested in connecting with our other communities visit our Bookshare Mentors or Bookshare Ambassadors forums. For all general topics feel free to post it in this, the General Discussion forum. Please note our general code of conduct: Be civil, we are all human and should be treated the same as we would expect if we met in real life Be open to discussion, we may not agree but we can agree to discuss our positions in an open and friendly manner Be encouraging, the Bookshare community is full of amazing people, everyone should feel welcomed to the conversations
  6. (Submission from previous platform) By having lots of platforms to chose from, add something like Kindle's whispersync so we can change devices and be in the same place. And to have bookmarks and notes available everywhere would be a dream come true! It's so frustrating having tools that almost work well in the classroom, at home, outside, in the car......sigh. Response by Ginny Grant, Product Manager, Literacy Products, Bookshare: Bookshare is designing the code that will enable multiple readers to sync with each other and working with the various AT vendors who will hopefully adopt the new API calls! There will be a Bookshare API User meeting atATIA in January – stay tuned!