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.225 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.179 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!
Making books available in ePub formate would make syncing with eReaders much quicker and better.138 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 visuals are importent to the meaning of the text.136 votes
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.89 votes
That is an interesting idea, for which we would have to look at the legal aspects as well as the technical challenges of synchronizing their files with ours… We will keep an eye and ear on the possibility in the future.
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!76 votes
Brian et al – can we get some feedback from you all on whether the process has gotten easier? We also recently had two small publishers of STEM textbooks offer us books formatted in NIMAS directly, so we won’t always have to get them from the NIMAC, and… those titles will now be available to all of our members, not just those with IEPs. Unfortunately these are just two publishers, and there are many more out there, but hopefully over the past few years our community has been heard by the publishers?
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.47 votes
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.39 votes
(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/ pics30 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?
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.25 votes
This is a good idea, Michael, and one that we are planning to do with our new web-based reader (which is being Beta tested now; this feature is a future).
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!
put the level for one or more of the AR or F&P levels for titles17 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…
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