Indeed, Kindle still does not support the standard accessible formats like DAISY or EPUB 3, so we are at a standstill. The concern is real, we are always on the lookout for ways to help users use the technology they have, but right now this is out of our control…
David Goldfiled has documented a workaround that might work for you, and perhaps could be automated in the future if it is scalable.
Please keep the ideas and feedback coming!
Allow users to enter the title of a book so they get notified via email when it becomes available on Bookshare.
Allow users to enter the title of a book so they get notified via email when it becomes available on Bookshare.228 votes
This is really a great idea. Let us see how many of our members vote for it.
By having lots of platforms to chose from, add something like Kindle's whispersync so we can change devices and be in the same place. And to have bookmarks and notes available everywhere would be a dream come true! It's so frustrating having tools that almost work well in the classroom, at home, outside, in the car......sigh.182 votes
Bookshare is designing the code that will enable multiple readers to sync with each other and working with the various AT vendors who will hopefully adopt the new API calls! There will be a Bookshare API User meeting at ATIA in January – stay tuned!
Some visuals are importent to the meaning of the text.143 votes
Making books available in ePub formate would make syncing with eReaders much quicker and better.141 votes
Bookshare titles are available in EPUB 3 format through the API. What kind of eReaders are being used, and do they interface directly with Bookshare?
Some of Bookshare’s collection is now available in EPUB3 format, which can be read via the Blio Reader. As the DAISY→EPUB3 converter program gets better and better, you will see more titles offering this EPUB3 download format (for use with Blio or iBooks)
From NFB member party via Allison Hilliker
The ability to digitally/electronically sign our proof of disability form.
This suggestion came from an AT trainer. Folks with print disabilities can't access our print form and therefore can't sign up their students/clients independently.49 votes
We have begun requirements gathering and evaluation of the pro’s and con’s of this functionality, which will allow a Competent Authority to provide the POD completely online with a digital signature. We would have to ensure complete privacy and security to ensure that publishers have no concern about compliance with the Chafee Amendment.
What would be easier to tackle is the ability for a member to upload a signed and scanned POD form to their account, which then gets reviewed by our membership team. The POD is the most vital part of our quality assurance process…
When doing a book title search, I will get matches that do not contain any of the search terms I entered. This makes finding a book much harder.48 votes
Great timing in your question – you will notice that we recently changed the search results to bring back “related ISBNs” because we do often have, for example, a version that was originally a hard-copy instead of the soft-copy version for which you have an ISBN, or for textbooks, we have a state or national version that is packaged differently, but same or nearly identical content as the one that our teachers and students are searching for.
We are looking into the order in which the titles are coming back in the search results and other technology and user experience to improve our search capability – keep the ideas coming, and we will be inviting people to participate in feedback sessions on new ideas. Stay tuned!
(NFB members party via Allison Hilliker)
Ability to set individual account preferences to filter out the children's books on the New Books page35 votes
Have a Newspaper delivery to our email each morning. Like a subscription or simalar to books w/ pics31 votes
Can you add the ability where we can upload PDF files of all of the scan books and bookshare would put them in the corect fromats since it is hard to do it with Math texbooks and the best way is to do it by PDF.28 votes
We are definitely looking at how to handle PDFs that were created with accessibility in mind, and also working on tools that will help to create accessible math equations, graphs, etc.
Can you provide more details on the methods or tools that you are using to create these resources initially?
put the level for one or more of the AR or F&P levels for titles22 votes
Interesting – we will have to see how many people are interested in seeing this additional information! And… from whence we can obtain it. We obtain a significant amount of the metadata for each title from a provider, and when it is not available, someone has to find and manually add information.
Presuming that we could obtain the Accelerated Reader and/or Fountas & Pinell and/or Lexile levels, how would you make use of this information? For title searches? recommendations? Thanks for your ideas!
Followup comment: This topic just came up again in a meeting held this week with folks from Texas – we have not forgotten the idea, and are still looking into it, especially as we start to put more features onto a new bookshelf tool and improved search capability. Stay tuned…
Graphic novels, or manga. I don't know if you would approve of these, but I find that having something to read with pictures could help improve the reading comprehension of those with print disabilities. Thanks for your consideration!18 votes
Thank you Carol! Great to know that, in general, graphic novels can be included in the collection. I will keep this idea open in order to get more “votes” of interest from our community, but also to be able to post an update as this new conversion process comes to life!
Currently, once a teacher is enrolled as a sponsor in one school (organization) account, then she/he cannot be added as a sponsor in another school's account. (It causes an error message "this email address is already registered in Bookshare" or something like that). Itinerant teachers (especially of students with visual impairments) are major proponents of Bookshare, and we travel from school to school and help the schools create accounts so that general education teachers can support our students. Right now, though, unless we create multiple email addresses and passwords, we can only be a sponsor in one school's account, leaving us unable to download books for students or register new students on other campuses.
Currently, once a teacher is enrolled as a sponsor in one school (organization) account, then she/he cannot be added as a sponsor in another school's account. (It causes an error message "this email address is already registered in Bookshare" or something like that). Itinerant teachers (especially of students with visual impairments) are major proponents of Bookshare, and we travel from school to school and help the schools create accounts so that general education teachers can support our students. Right now, though, unless we create multiple email addresses and passwords, we can only be a sponsor in one school's account, leaving…17 votes
I wanted to give you all an update on this request. We are going to take the first step towards allowing people to have multiple Bookshare accounts that all use the same email address (although at first you will still need to have separate usernames). This will help in that you won’t have to create all kinds of additional email accounts for each of your Bookshare accounts.
Next we will work on the real request which is to allow affiliations with multiple organizations.
I can see great value to this enhancement, especially as specialists are serving multiple schools and districts. It is a major change to our data model, but certainly worth looking at!
(NFB member party, courtesy of Allison Hilliker)
Ability to set individual account preferences to filter out foreign
language titles on the New Books page14 votes
Now that we are receiving titles in more languages, this issue is starting to pop up more and more. Will be looking at this and other search/browse functionality this fall into winter.
Blind students need a way to work out math problems step by step the way sighted people do. They should be able to refer back to previous steps in a problem and not have to hold all of the data in their brains. How many of us can do that anyway? Let's level the playing field for blind math students.14 votes
Work has begun on new tools that will support MathML, with initial goal of being able to fully describe an Algebra textbook. Very exciting work. Stay tuned!
The current system is that books are posted on the wishlist when they are requested. They're removed when someone works on that book, but for a lot of requests they're never added to the collection. Further, once the book is removed from the wishlist no volunteers can see what books are still needed. Also, the website claims the wishlist is updated weekly, but as of January 5th, the last update was made in late November. Having a better system can ensure that we get the books we desire as part of the bookshare library.13 votes
I will pass this idea onto our Volunteer leaders; they have made some improvements to the processing and distribution of the Wish List over the past two months. Have those changes helped?
An interesting idea! Will have to research futher and see how much interest this idea holds. Keep the ideas flowing!
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