Nick Bowen

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    Bookshare books available in HTML format suggestion?

    Hey Rowroad, We're interested in learning more about this option, what device are you using that you'd prefer to use HTML?
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    Open Dyslexic Font

    Hi Emmajean, Unfortunately we have not heard of this issue from other members yet at least. Can you confirm for me that when you open the settings in the Web Reader it already shows the Open Dyslexic font option selected? And what happens if you switch back to the default font, then switch back to the Open Dyslexic font? Does anything change on the screen at all between the two fonts? It may be worth disabling other extensions you might have in place. I do know of a couple of extensions that override the text layout of the browser to some other added setting. In theory its possible one of these extensions might be overriding our settings to display the font with the extension's settings instead.
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    Demo Account for Training?

    Hi Michelle, That account appears to still be functioning properly. We may have had an unrelated system blip that caused some logins to fail, but can you try again?
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    Using Dolphin Easy Reader to access Bookshare

    Hi Jenna, Dolphin Easy Reader absolutely has access to NIMAC books for students who have been assigned these books. The only difference is instead of the student locating the book on a Reading List, they'll need to search for the book and download it through the search results. But assigning the book to the student through the Reading List is still an important step. It's that process that gives the student permission to download the book from our system, however they locate the book.
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    NIMAC Textbooks for College?

    We had this question posted elsewhere that I felt was important enough to be offered and answered in another location: Is there a way for a college textbook to be placed in the NIMAC so that it can be downloaded from Bookshare? Even though the student is in high school and needs the book for one of his classes, I have to request permission for the publisher to put it in NIMAC because it is considered to be college textbook. If the publisher will not permit this, is there another way the student can access the book? Will Bookshare be able to scan it? While we cannot directly control what content is placed into the NIMAC, Bookshare will always make this content available. Simply request the book through our Book Request form found in our help center at: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center and we will add it to our library.
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    iTunes store

    Hi Brooke, You can download our books into iBooks directly. Select the EPUB format for a book in Bookshare and when the download completes your device will prompt you to select which app to open the book in, and iBooks should be one of the first options.
  7. Hi Nicole, Each sponsor does need their own username and password setup. From your account go to the Sponsors link from the left of your My Bookshare page and make sure he's on that list. Assuming he is select on the edit icon, or his last name to pull up his information panel, and on this page you'll find an option on the right side under his username to set a new password for him.
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    Enlarging text on iPad

    Unfortunately to the best of my knowledge there are not currently apps that work with Bookshare that enlarge the font of the app itself. Of course once inside the book the text for the book itself can be enlarged and the colors changed, but the app menu structure is unfortunately not adjustable.
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    Adding Other Administrators

    Absolutely, log into your account and navigate to the "Sponsors" link from the left side of your My Bookshare page. Any teacher added as a sponsor has full access to your roster of students, can create reading lists and assign them to students, and if you have your reading lists to be shared with the organization itself they can even subscribe to your lists and add students to them.
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    Bookshare on Chromebook

    Hey Duane, We recommend installing this extension for an improved voice: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh But beyond that extension there is nothing to install. When your students log into the Bookshare website and navigate to a book they've been assigned, they'll find a "Read Now" link that'll open the book right up in the browser.
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    Individual and Organization Memberships

    If a student upgrades to the full Individual Membership they'll still appear on the org list, and teachers can still assign them books. But the upgrade is automatic, it doesn't need to be approved by the organization nor Bookshare. Once the student, or their parents or guardians complete the online agreement the account is fully authorized.
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    Read2Go - sound control problems

    Both have great voices, if you're familiar with the sources Dolphin uses the Natural Reader voices, and Voice Dream Reader uses Acapela and I believe the Ivona voices.
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    Read2Go - sound control problems

    Hi Astrid, Unfortunately we do not currently have a timeline for if, or when an update for Read2Go will be released. There are a couple of great alternatives if you'd like to give them a try. The Dolphin Easy Reader is a great free application that's fully integrated with Bookshare. The only downside to it currently is while the first voice is free, any additional voices are a little more expensive than some of the other apps, and at least for now it doesn't display images within our books for those we have images for. Voice Dream Reader is also a great alternative, and can display images, but does cost $15 to download.
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    Editing School Names

    Hi Tara, If this is on the Organization Name itself only the Primary Contact can change the account information. But they can do so by selecting the Organization Information link from the left of their My Bookshare page. If this is on your member or sponsor roster within the fields for "District" or "School" these fields only show items currently used within your roster. To remove an option from these fields edit your existing members such that the option no longer is associated with a member or sponsor, and then it'll be removed as an option for future members as well.
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    Individual and Organization Memberships

    Hi Charley, For your first question, if a student upgrades an existing Organizational Membership to the full access Individual Membership they will need to enter a username and password during this process. The username must be an email address for the Individual Membership, so unless you use email addresses as the Organizational Membership usernames it will need to be changed. The passwords can remain the same if the member chooses. It's important to note these aren't two separate accounts, if the student upgrades to the Individual Membership this is an upgrade to their existing account, and the previous username and password will no longer work, unless they've set it to be the same. It's also important to note that the act of upgrading to the Individual Membership is essentially the student (or if they're under 18, the student's parents or guardians) taking ownership of the account, which removes the ability for Bookshare sponsors to edit or reset their usernames or passwords. As for the account structure, it's definitely dependent on how your school sites operate. We find in generally when getting first started with Bookshare it's better to start with a single, central District account. You can add as many teachers as is appropriate to the account, each can manage the students on the account. Then if Bookshare use increases to the point of splitting accounts makes sense, its fairly easy to do so, though at least for now its still a bit of a manual process and things like reading lists and student rosters would need to be manually added to the new accounts.
  16. Hi Bob, Unfortunately there is not a good easy way to just preview books within our system. Because of our current requirements all books must only be accessed by individuals qualified for Bookshare, so we have not yet been able to allow sponsors or other access to preview books directly. However, it is definitely an issue we're discussing internally and trying to find a good solution for, so hopefully we can make this easier in the very near future.
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    Downloading books for myself

    Hi Sarah, Bookshare is intended for essentially unlimited use, but of course unlimited for only your own purposes. If you do hit a limit please call our membership team.
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    Using Dolphin Easy Reader to access Bookshare

    Hi Susan, We believe they are already working on adding it. Bookshare only very recently added the ability for apps such as Dolphin to access reading lists, but it does require a fairly large upgrade on their end to take advantage of this new option. Hopefully it's added in the very near future.
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    Using Dolphin Easy Reader to access Bookshare

    Hi Susan, Unfortunately Dolphin does not yet have direct access to the reading lists as you've observed. The only process is for the students to manually search for the books and download them one by one into the app. The good news is this only has to be done once, as the books remain on the device until the student decides to delete them.
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    Printing enlarged math workbooks

    Hey Wyatt, We're actually right in the middle of rolling out Word as a downloadable format. This should actually do exactly what you need, as the images will already be embedded right where they should be, and the text can be easily increased in size. We're somewhere around having half our collection available in this format, and hope to have it completely done in the coming weeks. Check out the books you're downloading for this format in the drop down box, or you can set it as the student's preferred format for it to always appear if its available.
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    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.
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    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: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/can-i-read-your-books-using-kindle-or-nook
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    "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" https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/1078243 Most of our books with descriptions should have this label.
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    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.
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    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.