Go Read

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  1. Go Read for Amazon Tablets

    Is it possible to get "Go Read" app as an apk download? I have an Amazon App Tablet and I can't get it from Adroid Market or Google play.

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      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      under review  ·  Shajey RumiShajey Rumi responded

      Currently we do not support Amazon Kindle Fire and B&N’s Nook tablet. We are currently researching ways to enable Go Read on these devices.

    • Support txt, rtf end html format

      By Android version: Is it possible to support the formats txt, rtf, html, pdf even? I hope to implement it soon. Thank a lot!

      51 votes
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        2 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please make it compatible with Kindle Fire

        Just hoping that your app would find its way onto the amazon app store and that it would be compatible with Kindle series products

        42 votes
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          2 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Android application with both voice recognition and text to speech support, backed up with bookshare database.

          A user can search a book by speaking out the name (or ISBN) and can access that book in audio format through text to speech feature of the android application.

          32 votes
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          • Automatically track book positions

            I was surprised to discover that current book positions weren't automatically tracked. If I'm reading a book and wish to leave the app, I have to remember to set a bookmark first or else the position is lost. I'd rather the book's last position be tracked such that when I open it again, I appear where I left off.

            20 votes
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              3 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • highlighting the word that is reading by the tts engine in stead of a whole scentence

              For people with dyslexia it is also nice to see what word is actally been read by the tts engine

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                1 comment  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                For those of you who use Bookshare via a browser (vs. directly in an App), you might want to try the Bookshare Web Reader tool, which does offer word-level highlighting (within the highlighted sentence) – currently that synchronized highlighting and voicing is available on Chrome, and coming soon to Safari.

              • Eliminate, or support disabling of, sounds

                The sounds are a bit annoying, and few other Android apps make them. I'd like to ask that they either be removed, or that I can disable them if I don't want the app beeping and booping and making all sorts of noise as I navigate books.

                11 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Shajey RumiShajey Rumi responded

                  Thanks for the feedback. We have some users really like them too. We would like to hear from more users to make a change.

                • Option to read single words, dictionary feature

                  My child has a learning disability. Having books read to him is great, but I also want to encourage practicing some independent reading skills. I would like for him to have the option to read silently and then when he comes to a word he doesn't know be able to select it and have just that word read to him. Also to be able to select a word and have the definition read to him to help build vocabulary and help compehension.

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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make features available on Android devices similar as those in the Read2go app.

                    I wish the same features such as highlighting text as it is read and being able to manipulate the size of the text would be included in the Android versions of books available through Bookshare. We have multiple types of devices in our district and would love to have the same features such as these on all of them.

                    10 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      under review  ·  Shajey RumiShajey Rumi responded

                      We continue to look for ways to make Go Read and our iOS apps behave similar. But currently in Android word-level highlighting is not possible. We have noted your idea for future release though.

                    • a version of go read for windows 8, windows needs a good ebook reader with TTS option

                      Windows 8 also needs a good go read app for TTS, it lacks a true good ebook reader for its platform, i like calibre for its style of storing ebooks but its ebook reader does not support text to speech, the last good ebook reader on windows that supported tts was microsfts reader the lit formatand blio reader which does support tts but does not let you load your own ebooks

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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 8 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Disable speech to text at certain times

                          Maybe I'm just clueless but I've looked through all the menus and the user manual. My daughter uses this and it's great to have text to speech when she's at home, but when she's at school, reading along with the class, it's annoying for her not to be able to just turn the pages to stay along with where the class is. Otherwise, she has to completely turn down the volume and keep pressing pause. She has CP so using a paper book is too hard. Is there a way to disable text to speech and just turn pages like…

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                            4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 7 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make notification bar visible when reading

                              It seems like the notification bar is not visible when I'm reading. As such, if I get a new email, IM, text, etc. I have to leave the app to even read it. Leaving the app usually causes my position to be lost (see another idea I've posted.) As such, reading an email/IM usually results in the following annoying sequence:

                              1. Press Home. Realize immediately that I've forgotten to set a bookmark.
                              2. Read and respond to the notification.
                              3. Relaunch GR.
                              4. Realize that my position is lost. Press "Next section" a hundred or more times to return to…

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  New Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make it a paid app like on the iPhone

                                I, like the great majority of blind individuals, am an iPhone user and I thoroughly enjoy its superior screen reading functionality that comes built-in with the phone. I feel extremely disappointed and being discriminated against by Bookshare for being charged for an app, whilst our Android-loving blind friends can use their app for free. Given that Bookshare was created with the aim of removing discrimination from the print-only world, I find it unbelievable that it would favor one phone platform against another by making one of their apps completely free whilst the other paid for. You know very well that…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  Shajey RumiShajey Rumi responded

                                  At Bookshare we prefer free and open source when it is available. In case of iOS no suitable open source solution existed when we were building Read2Go. Hence we partnered with a partner to deliver the iOS solution. In Android we were able to find an open source solution FBReader to work from. We continue to look for options and it will be hard to catch up to the features of Read2Go.

                                • Go Read for Chromebooks

                                  It would be awesome if this app were available for use on Chromebooks. This app would be very useful for use with students in schools and for their use at home.

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                                  • 5 votes
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                                    • Use context menus

                                      When I click on a book, I probably want to open it. Likewise, when I click a bookmark, it is fairly certain that I want to go to that bookmark.

                                      Please change the menus that appear when each option is clicked, instead making them context menus available on long-press. A single click should perform the most common action--opening the item, etc.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • iOS 7 and broken bookmarks

                                        Platform: ipad mini
                                        App: Read2Go
                                        Version: 1.0.3.10
                                        Issue: after upgrade to iOS 7, app crashes when I try to access bookmarks

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                                          Provide images in GoRead.

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