Michelle Thomas

Voice Dream Reader - NIMAC Book

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Hi,

I have a student that needs to access accessible materials on an iPad.  We have installed the Voice Dream Reader app.  She needs access to a NIMAC sourced textbook and is on an IEP.  I put the book on a Reading List that she can access.  I thought she could search for the book with the ISBN number in Voice Dream Reader and download it because it is on a Reading list for her.  If we search for the title, there are numerous textbooks with the same title... 

It worked for a non-NIMAC book ("Hollow City").  Is this not possible with a NIMAC sourced book?  Do I need to use a different app?

Thank you!

Michelle Thomas

Assistive Technology Specialist

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Thornton, CO

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Hi Michelle,

The book should appear on search results but you are exactly right, Voice Dream Reader doesn't search by ISBN number.  For books that then have multiple books with the same title things become a little complex.  

What I recommend doing is have the student log into the Bookshare website directly, locate the book and request the download through the website.  This will put the book on the student's download history.  Then have the student log back into Voice Dream Reader and you should find an option on the Bookshare search page below the "Popular Books" and such is the same download history that they can then download the book from, eliminating the need to browse through the series of search results.

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Hi Nick,

Yay!  That worked.  Now, it would be great if she could see the images from the textbook.  I selected "DAISY with images", but no images show in VoiceDream Reader on the iPad.  Is it possible with this app or do I need a different app?

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Is this an older iPad?  Voice Dream Reader on relatively new iPads should have a "Rich Text" mode found in the settings that will display images.  If that doesn't work there's a couple of other options but none of them give exactly the same experience and level of options that Voice Dream Reader does.  The most popular option is if the book is available in ePub you can download that format to the iPad and open it with iBooks.  If it's not there is another application called Capti Narrator that can support images, but it requires a monthly subscription purchase to unlock the image feature.

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