Nick Bowen

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  1. Nick Bowen

    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: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reading-tools/openLORE And Kurzweil at: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/reading-tools/Kurzweil
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    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.
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    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: individualdemo@bookshare.org, 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.
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    Please Partner with Rewordify!

    Hi Carmen, Rewordify does look like a great resource. The Bookshare library was built with the idea that anyone who's interested could very easily integrate with us. We provide free, easy to use API access to any interested parties. If you're in contact with them please send them to: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/partners/bookshare-development-partners Once implemented from within Redwordify Bookshare members could log into their Bookshare account, download books into the Rewordify library or system, and access content through their tools.
  5. Hi Aaliya, It sounds like you might be accessing the actual working volunteer pages, which these volunteer pages can only be accessed by those approved as volunteers on Bookshare. To register as a volunteer please go to: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-involved/volunteer
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    Daisy with text

    Hi Linda, Newer devices using Voice Dream Reader can display the images within our books if we do have images available, but you do need to go into the text settings of Voice Dream Reader and enable the rich text mode. On Android the free application Go Read will display images as well automatically, in fact in this one there's no option to turn images off. But that said note that not all of our books have images. If you aren't showing images I highly recommend finding the book on the Bookshare website, download the "DAISY with Images" format if it's available, then within the downloaded file browse the images folder to view which images are included in the book. Either the DAISY with Images format won't be available, in which case we don't unfortunately have images for the book, or sometimes the images that are included are very minimal.
  7. Hey Janice, We haven't heard of this issue on our side. Was this book one you downloaded through the built in Bookshare Bookshelf, or did you side-load it onto the device? Also can you forward me which book it was that caused this issue? I would like to see if we can reproduce it on our side.
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    Subscription Payment Issue

    Hi Mohammad, while that code should not be mandatory you can always call our support directly and we'll be happy to process payment over the phone. We can be reached at 650.352.0198 and press 1 for membership support.
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    Audio downloading issues.

    Hi Elizabeth, We do occasionally have books that cannot be converted to audio for various reasons. Which book is this? And after one week our download attempts do cancel, it might be worth re-requesting the book again if the original request was longer than 7 days ago to retry the download.
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    Bookshare for my 94 year old Dad?

    Hi Pam, Bookshare can definitely be a great source for content for your father, but lets make sure it's something he would be interested in. The first big roadblock some of our new members have is getting used to our voicing. We don't have any human narrated content, all of our content is read through a synthetic text to speech voice. Depending on the device and application he decides to use to access our books this voice can be different, and often times we have several options for voices, but they'll always be a little robotic. The second piece is we don't mail any content out to our members. This is something the National Library Service for the Blind does, and is also a great resource so regardless I highly recommend checking them out: https://www.loc.gov/nls/ If that however all sounds great I highly recommend starting by signing him up for Bookshare. Note for our non-US students we do have a small $50 per year subscription fee, but for that fee he can read as many books as he likes from Bookshare. We would need to figure out what kind of device or computer he wishes to use to access our books as the process of downloading our content does change, but for instance the applications we have on iPads or iPhones are well reviewed and easy to use.
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    Audio downloading issues.

    Hi David, Audio can take a significant amount of time to download from Bookshare as for the majority of the books, when you select the download option in that format our servers only then go and make the audio files for the book. However that said audio is also our least used format by far, instead the vast majority of our books are downloaded in text into an application that generates the audio for us, what kind of device or system are you using to access our books?
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    Reset My History

    Hi Linda, Unfortunately for now we are unable to reset the history as it's displayed to you, but by default it only shows the downloads that happened within the past 30 days. So after just a short bit the downloads you wish to no longer be visible should simply drop off.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
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    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.
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    "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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.