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  1. 270 votes
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      14 comments  ·  reading tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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.

      184 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make illustrations viewable.

        In many childen's books, illustrations are extremely important to the story. The books don't make sense unless you see the pictures.

        177 votes
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          5 comments  ·  collection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We provide images in our books, but only in those that the source provider supplies them.
          Scanned books today do not maintain the images though we are evaluating the ability to do so.
          We are also working on making the descriptions of those images available.

        • Synch bookmarks, last read position and books across readers

          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.

          173 votes
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            7 comments  ·  reading tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Include visuals in textbooks including graphs, maps and pictures.

            Some visuals are importent to the meaning of the text.

            133 votes
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              started  ·  3 comments  ·  collection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make books downloadable in ePub format.

              Making books available in ePub formate would make syncing with eReaders much quicker and better.

              130 votes
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                14 comments  ·  download  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Some exciting news! Bookshare has begun piloting downloads in EPUB3, which can be read on our upcoming free Web-based Reading tool, as well as several other commercial reading tools. If you are interested in volunteering to be part of this Beta group, please send a note to Volunteers@Benetech.org and indicate that you would like to participate in the next phase of the EPUB3 Beta. Thank you!

              • Make less mistakes in books that are BRF file

                Bookshare does have a great selection of books but does not look carefully evough at the mistakes made in the braille format of the books. Mistakes include mispelling and misuse of contractions. Not being able to tell what some words are and other things.

                102 votes
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                  under review  ·  3 comments  ·  book quality  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create software that will combine the text from Bookshare with the audio from Learning Ally

                  I prefer the natural voices of Learning Ally, and like to follow along in books as I listen to them. it would be great to have a software program or portable device that will allow me to listen to the audio of a book from Learning Ally with the text from bookshare.

                  82 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  reading tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make it easier to add textbooks to Bookshare

                    It almost seems impossible to have a textbook added to the NIMAC from the publisher. They don't seem to know what NIMAC or Bookshare is!

                    71 votes
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                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  collection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 59 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  reading tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add more magazines on the site

                        (NFB members party courtesy of Allison Hilliker)

                        57 votes
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                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  collection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow digital signatures on Proof of Disability (POD)

                          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
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                            1 comment  ·  registration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            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…
                            Stay tuned!

                          • improve the book search tools

                            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.

                            41 votes
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                              under review  ·  2 comments  ·  search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Chapter Info & Book Pages

                              It would be helpful if the page numbers on your online book matched pages numbers in the real printed book. For some of your digital books they just don't match. Also some digital books also don't separate chapters. This makes it difficult for my student who needs to answer questions, give quotes, page numbers etc.

                              36 votes
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                                under review  ·  1 comment  ·  reading tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow filtering of childrens' titles

                                (NFB members party via Allison Hilliker)
                                Ability to set individual account preferences to filter out the children's books on the New Books page

                                35 votes
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                                  under review  ·  1 comment  ·  search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create One-Stop Search Tool for Volunteers

                                  When deciding whether or not to scan a book volunteers should be able to key in the title, author name and do One search to pull up info on whether it is in the collection, on the books being scanned list, on the checkout list, in process, with one of our outsourcers, or being handled by a publishing partner. Lack of this tool is resulting in duplicated efforts.

                                  34 votes
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                                    under review  ·  4 comments  ·  search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add ability to upload PDF files and bookshare would covert them into the corect file formats

                                    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.

                                    31 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Volunteer Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      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?

                                    • 27 votes
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                                        under review  ·  2 comments  ·  download  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 27 votes
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                                          under review  ·  2 comments  ·  download  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 19 votes
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                                            under review  ·  2 comments  ·  collection  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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