Jessy Haugh

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  1. Hi,

    In order to distribute copyrighted material, Bookshare must follow all regulations set by U.S. copyright law, specifically the Chafee Amendment. All Bookshare members must have a Chafee-qualifying print disability. Bookshare is regulated by copyright law, not educational law, so students with or without IEP or 504 plans may or may not automatically qualify for membership.

    Qualifying print disabilities as per the Chafee Amendment include: 

    1. Blindness or low vision severe enough to prevent the reading of standard print books 
    2. Physical disabilities that prevent an individual from reading standard print books or turning the pages of a book 
    3. Learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, severe enough that the individual cannot read traditional print 


  2. Hi Janet,

    Bookshare's language preference controls which books appear in the top of your search results. To change the language preferences: 

    1. Log in to Bookshare
    2. Select the link with the member's name from the top right of the page
    3. Select the Edit Preferences link below My Summary
    4. Under Search Preferences, select your preferred language

    You can also search for foreign language books using our Advanced Search feature. To perform an advanced search, select the Advanced Search link below the search bar, then select your preferred language under the Language drop-down menu. Once you’re ready to search, select the Advanced Search button. 


  3. Hi Denise,

    Unfortunately they would be slightly limited on downloading without any internet access etc. I would recommend using an app that works with Bookshare like Dolphin EasyReader, or Voice Dream Reader. 

    Using this method with the apps the members can download any books while in school or in an area with internet/wifi access. Once the titles are downloaded they can be accessed without any wifi/internet at home or on the go.

    You can essentially do the same thing with downloading in an audio format and loading it onto a MP3 player.


  4. Hi Jada, 

    I would recommend trying the app Dolphin EasyReader. Currently this is one of the more popular apps that works with Bookshare. The app itself is free, and you have many options in how you would like to read, how the pages are turned, highlighting, and many choices in voices.

    You can also edit any voice to fine tune the reading experience. I myself find this app to be one of the best currently available.


  5. Hi Aaron,

    If you are using a compatible browser (laptop/computer), just search for a book, then on the results page, locate the “Read Now” button which will appear above or the left of the “Download” button. Clicking this link will begin the process of packaging and opening the book in your web browser. 

    To utilize the self-voicing audio and word highlighting features, one must be using the Google Chrome Browser on a PC, or Safari on a Mac. If you are using a smartphone or tablet you are going to want to download a compatible app that works with Bookshare. I would recommend the app Dolphin EasyReader, not only is it one of the more popular apps among our members it is also free.


  6. Hi Katherine,

    Unfortunately at this time Capti is not able to link directly to our reading lists. For this app, members will still need to be assigned reading lists. This essentially unlocks those titles for download. The member can search for the title, and a download option will be presented for those titles in the list.

    I would recommend downloading the free app Dolphin EasyReader. I find this app to be more accessible, and it offers many more features that you would typically have to pay for use with Capti Premium. The Dolphin app also links to our reading lists.


  7. Alyssa,

    Unfortunately, this is one of the limitations with the WebReader. All of our titles use text to speech (TTS), which is why we are able to have such a large library. 

    I recommend our members download an app that works with Bookshare, like Dolphin EasyReader (free) or Voice Dream Reader (paid). These apps have many more voices to choose from, and also have features that the WebReader does not offer at this time.


  8. Unfortunately at this time you are not able to import the dictionary. Though we can send this feedback over to the developer of the app. When it comes to how the app is reading words this is another major limitation to the technology. 

    Currently adding the word to the pronunciation dictionary is the only way to try, and correct this issue.


  9. Hi Courtney,

    Unfortunately we have been experiencing a few issue with this app. Due to the fact it is not being supported as much with new firmware on certain devices. I would suggest deleting the app, and downloading it again. This seems to push any updates through to the app itself. I would also recommend downloading the free app Dolphin EasyReader.

    Not only is this currently one of the more popular apps it also links directly to Bookshare's reading lists. I have also used this app myself, and find it to be one of the more accessible ones.


  10. Ellen,

    Unfortunately, if you are using the ReadNow option you can only change the speech rate of the voice. I would recommend downloading the app Dolphin EasyReader. Not only is this app free but you can edit the voice, speech rate, and choose from many different voices to find what best fits your needs.  


  11. Brinn,

    Depending on the computer/laptop you are using, you can just drag and drop files. You can move the entire folder instead of pulling files from the folder itself this should work out better for you.

    I would also recommend calling our technical support team so that we can walk you through the process over the phone.


  12. 23 hours ago, Brinn Havko said:

    I downloaded the book as Daisy Text. I unzipped the folder and moved the whole folder to the USB drive. My students are comfortable moving files from the USB drive to the BrailleNote, but I'm missing something in then getting the Bookeshare book from the USB driver to the BrailleNote. We tried just moving the Daisy file but that didn't seem to work. I'm guessing maybe the whole folder needs to be moved, but we don't know how to do that. Any advice is appreciated!

    Hello Brinn,

    First the file must be downloaded on a computer. You can download in DAISY, BRF, or Word, and save the file to a thumb drive, or SD card. Once unzipped you can then transfer this to the APEX.

    The Book Reader app can open the DAISY files, and Word Processor can open Word or BRF.

     

     


  13. 3 hours ago, JULIE ZELLNER said:

    Why would the pause /play button not work?. The cursor keeps going to top of chapter when student is listening. He and I are getting very frustrated.

    Hello Julie,

    Unfortunately, there could be a few different issues causing that issue. I would highly recommend calling our Technical Support team so they can help diagnose the issue further. You can locate our phone number and hours of operation at the bottom of the Help Center page: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center


  14. Hi Kimberly,

    If the student is using the Web Reader(Read Now) option with Google Chrome, the reader should save the members place in the title. Though it may start at the beginning of a paragraph or the current chapter.

    As an option Bookshare does work with a few apps. For many of our members this is the preferred method of accessing our titles. Not only can the members access everything through the apps they can also set bookmarks, and choose many different voice options. The link below takes you to our Reading Tool Wizard: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/reading-tool-wizard


  15. Hi Patty,

    All of our tools except for Go Read will do word level highlighting. If the Chromebook is highlighting incorrectly you may need to download a specific voice that will fix this issue: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/why-web-reader-not-highlighting-while-speaking

    Voice Dream Reader is currently one of the more popular apps our members are using. With word level highlighting, multiple voices to choose from, and many other features that are not available with the Read Now option.


  16. 13 hours ago, Tammy Ludwig-Miller said:

    When trying to download a book onto the BrailleNote Touch, we're getting an error / unable to download.  Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

    Hello Tammy,

    I notice that you are a sponsor on an organizational account. Has a reading list been created and assigned to the member? If not this will need to happen before the member can access those titles. I have also included a link below to our Braille Note Touch help guide. Due to the complexity of the device I would also recommend contacting out technology support team so that they can help assist you further. The number for this team is 650-352-0198 option 2.  

    https://www.bookshare.org/cms/help-center/how-do-i-get-books-my-braille-note


  17. On 10/1/2018 at 2:50 PM, Karin said:

    Hi,

    Is it possible to pause and continue where one left off when listening to a textbook?  If so, how?

    As Michelle pointed out it would depend on the reading tool used. If using an app you are able to play and pause.

    If you are using the Web Reader(Read Now) you can play and pause also. The play button will also function as the pause button.