Nick Bowen

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  1. Nick Bowen

    Voice speed

    Hi Melissa, Are you using the built in audio for Read2Go (the play button at the bottom of the screen) or are you using VoiceOver to access the text? If you're using the built in audio can you try moving the speed slider to the left to slow the speed down, does the speed actually change when that setting is changed?
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    reading lists on Chromebook

    Hi Denise, The student's will simply need to select the Read Now link next to the book to open it up in the Web Reader. Note that if you are just getting started on Chromebooks it's also necessary to install a new text to speech voice: Go to the Chrome Web Store and install "Chrome OS US English Female HQ." Sign out, then sign back in to the Chromebook. Open the book in the Web Reader, navigate to the Web Reader settings and select this voice from the options.
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    Bookshare Web Reader on Chromebook

    If there is no highlighting when reading please make sure that the English Female HQ voice is the one selected from the settings. The default Chrome voices won't include highlighting. Denise, can you check to see if you have the old Web Reader Chrome extension installed? If it is, please remove it. The extensions in chrome can be found by typing this into the address bar: chrome://extensions
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    Qualifying student moves overseas

    Hi Karen, The easy fast answer is Bookshare will absolutely still serve the student, however depending on several circumstances the member may need to purchase a membership with Bookshare to continue use. If the student moves to a non-US based school and no longer has a permanent US mailing address they usually are considered an international student which would require purchase of a Bookshare subscription, or for the school to purchase book blocks. If the school they move to is still a US based school just, or the student still has a permanent US mailing address they can still be considered a US student and receive the free account. The most common scenario we have is with students related to US military personnel. These students are absolutely still US students.
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    "This TTS Demo..." message on iPad?

    Hi Ben, Unfortunately I've never heard of this issue before, can you go into the Voice Dream Reader voice manager settings to see if there's other options for voices?
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    No sound

    Hi Wanda, Unfortunately the Bookshare Web Reader does not have the ability to voice on mobile devices. We highly recommend downloading a Bookshare compatible application such as Voice Dream Reader
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    Issue with TTS on Chromebook

    Hi Hillary, You may be affected by the most recent Chromebook update. Check to see if you have the old Web Reader extension installed, and if so remove it. The latest Chromebook update has conflicts with this extension that causes it to simply not work. Just in case the steps from this article might be helpful: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/web-reader-isnt-reading-chromebooks
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    Bookshare on eReader or Highlighting voice to text?

    It is possible, if it's not doing it unfortunately it means you have another voice selected. Currently on Chromebooks only the female English HQ voice will include word highlighting. Make sure of course you have the extension installed, then go into the settings of the Web Reader to make sure that voice is selected.
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    Bookshare on eReader and Highlighting voice to text?

    Hi Reader, No problem on where the post is, just in case people find this one helpful I think it might be best to leave it but I responded to your other post at: https://discussions.bookshare.org/topic/400-bookshare-on-ereader-or-highlighting-voice-to-text/
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    Is bookshare what I need?

    Hi Vernon, It sounds like Bookshare can be a great option. We absolutely can be setup for large white lettering on a black background, though I do need to note that we don't currently work on Kindles. You can use us on iPads, Android devices, or any computer. If you purchase an annual subscription for her she can download as many books as she likes. There's no waiting, and the only restrictions we have in place are intended to catch malicious use so you should never reach those with her account. The annual subscription is just $50 per year for unlimited access, with a one time first year sign up fee of $25.
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    Bookshare on eReader or Highlighting voice to text?

    It's absolutely possible on both the old PC and the Chromebook. For both I recommend using the Web Reader. If using the old PC you would need to install the Google Chrome browser first from https://www.google.com/chrome/ Then on the Chromebook or the PC you'll need to install the text to speech extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh Once the extension is installed log into Bookshare, search for a book and choose the Read Now link found just prior to the download button for the book. When the Web Reader opens up go into the settings and at the very bottom there's a voice selector, choose the Chrome OS US English Female HQ voice from the list. Then you're all set, you can use that same Read Now link to open any book and select the play button from the top of the Web Reader to start and stop reading. Note that the Web Reader will remember where you left off only on the specific computer, so if he does change devices between the Chromebook and the PC a lot he will need to manually navigate back to where he last stopped. Also note that the Web Reader always starts reading from whatever is displayed at the top of the screen. So if he wants to start reading at a specific section either use the table of contents navigation to navigate directly to it, or scroll until that section is first.
  12. Hi Gwyn, Many of our college students also use their college's disability services offices to help provide content, but Bookshare is a great source as well of course. Bookshare is free for all US College students, and if a student can't find content within the library they absolutely can put in a book request for it. Turn-around time for college book requests is effectively the same as our other student requests, but it can depend on the complexity of the books. I always recommend college students proactively contact their next semesters professors as soon as possible to see if they can get a book list early. The earlier they receive the book list the better chance we can have it live in the library before classes start.
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    Using Capti Narrator

    Hey Jacob, We unfortunately have very little experience using Capti for anything other than Bookshare books. But from my experience it's best to use their web based interface instead of the downloadable app. If you go back to the Capti website and either create an account or log into your existing Capti account it gives you a web based reading UI with anything you add to it stored on their cloud servers. From that interface I believe you can upload files including your PDFs. I also had tried their downloadable PC app when it was being developed, but just found the web based to be a better overall experience.
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    Voice Dream and Read2Go

    Hey Karen, For Voice Dream Reader the only place for the Rich Text option that I'm aware of is inside a book. Once a book's open select on the aA icon on the top right to go into the font and text settings, and the first option there will be the standard or rich text modes. If that setting isn't present unfortunately it means the device you're on is too old, the Rich Text mode is only available on newer iOS devices.
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    Help!!

    Hey Becky, Welcome to Bookshare! Bookshare is an online library where you can add students to your roster, assign books to them, and assist them in accessing those books across a wide range of devices. An important note, while all of Bookshare books are available in audio, we do always use synthetic text to speech voices for our books. We do not have any human narrated content. But that said our process offers several key advantages primarily surrounding giving your students direct access to the text to assist with spelling, punctuation, and formatting, as well as allowing them to change the speed it's being read to them to find their perfect speed. To get started I highly recommend checking out our article on Adding Students and Assigning Books
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    highlighting

    Hi Mary, Unfortunately the built in voices on Chromebooks won't do the word highlighting. But if you install this Chrome Extension text to speech voice: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-os-us-english-fema/efdojdlmjknacnljjdedapanceanigkh You'll find a new voice within the web reader settings that will include highlighting.
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    Help with android

    Hi Gabrielle, What app are you using to access Bookshare on the Android device? If you don't yet have an app installed I do highly recommend Go Read for Android. On the app you can only search by the 13 digit ISBN if using that, so please enter: 9780786809387 You will also need to be logged into an approved Bookshare account within Go Read to access and download the book. We also have a quick getting started article at https://www.bookshare.org/cms/getting-started-go-read
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    Voice Dream and Read2Go

    Hey Barbara, The good news is images in Voice Dream are available now. The bad news is it's limited to some of the newest devices, so if you're currently using older iPads or iPhones the images still will not be available. To enable images within the books go to the settings and enable the rich text mode. You will need to re-download any books you downloaded previous to this update as well as the saved files on the device won't include the images.
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    Reads in a foreign language!

    Hey Robystep, Head over to our help article here: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/why-does-web-reader-speak-french-or-german-accent You'll find a link to an extension that should fix this issue. Please note that you may need to select this voice from the voice settings from within the Web Reader once it's installed as well.
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    Informing Others About Bookshare

    I know a lot of individuals use one of our brochures available for download at: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/training-and-resources/brochures
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    For new teachers

    I personally always advise teachers if possible to do two things. First, to really work with their students to find what features the students benefit most from. Every student is a little different, and I don't believe there is just one method for accessing Bookshare that just works for everyone. For instance when working with students with Dyslexia, some benefit from using a Dyslexic font, others will say it makes no difference. Some will say the word highlighting is what really helps, others its just a slow, clear voice. And of course many are combinations of all of these. Then the second thing which is closely related to that is to try out as many of the Bookshare compatible programs or applications as possible to find the ones that best fit the features their students benefit most from. For instance Go Read on Android is free and great for many of our users, but doesn't include a Dyslexic font, nor word level highlighting. Voice Dream Reader on Android, while does cost a small bit to purchase, does include those other features. There are so many different ways to open Bookshare books that it can get confusing, but I like to say that we're able to find a combinations of hardware and software that will open books with the features anyone needs.
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    Make Bookshare available on Kindle

    Hi Mitchell, We did hear for some reason Voice Dream was removed from the Kindle app store. If you're familiar with Android devices it is possible to side load either Go Read or Voice Dream Reader onto the device. Go Read is free, but it will only include phrase or sentence level highlighting. Voice Dream Reader does require a purchase, but will include better voicing overall and word highlighting.
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    Chrome web reader not working properly

    Hi Robin, Within the Web Reader select the settings button, it's a gear icon on the top right. In that Web Reader settings window at the bottom is a voice selector drop down box. You will need to pick the english HQ voice from this list, there may be several other default Google voices but unfortunately none of them will have word highlighting.
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    preschool level/picture books

    Hi Vicki, Bookshare is definitely looking at expanding our selection of picture books. Unfortunately for a very long time young picture books were definitely a weakness within our own process for adding books. When we manually convert books ourselves it's generally impossible for us to retain the images for them, which has a huge impact on these kinds of picture books. We're working on this from two fronts, first we've focussed on increasing our publisher partners who directly supply us with very high quality books including their images. And second we're working through our internal processes for adding books, and have begun retaining images when we can. For instance we very recently added the top 100 picture books: https://www.bookshare.org/browse/collection/50/Top
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    Bookshare Web Reader Beta

    Bookshare has begun beta testing the Bookshare Web Reader on all browsers not currently supported. If you're interested in participating and access Bookshare through an Individual Membership log into Bookshare from a browser on your favorite device and look for the "Read Now Beta" link just next to the download button for the book. Select that link and let us know what your experience was below! *Note if you only find a "Read Now" link without the Beta tag you're on a browser we do currently officially support, for more information on what browsers we support visit: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/what-browsers-are-compatible-bookshare-web-reader