Make Bookshare available on Kindle
Currently Bookshare does not support Kindle. If asked, we will be more than pleased to work with Kindle team to make Bookshare content available on Kindle.
david goldfield commented
I have a few thoughts on this issue as I am not only a Bookshare member but also a blind user of the Kindle Keyboard. First, I'm wondering if Bookshare files can be offered in the Mobi Pocket format. This is a format which is compatible with Kindle devices.
It is also important to note that there are a few ways of moving Bookshare files onto a Kindle. Here's the method I use to facilitate this. Download your book as a .brf Braille file. Once the book is downloaded run it through a Braille translation software package so that the file can be converted from its Grade 2 format into standard text. The program that I use to do this is WinBT which is a free and open-source translator for Windows. You can read the documentation for this program at
The manual contains direct download links if you want to download and install this program.
Once the file has been converted to a standard .txt file it can be transferred to your Kindle either via a USB cable connection or by using the Kindle Documents Service to transfer the file to your Kindle via email. Winbt does a fabulous job with the back-translation and you'll find it quite readable on your Kindle at least from the perspective of audio output.
I've also heard of people transferring the HTML version of the file to their Kindle by downloading their Bookshare content as Daisy text files. Once this is done you can open the zip folder containing your book and find the file containing the title of your book with an .xml extension. Move or copy this .xml file to a location on your hard drive outside of the zip folder. In theory, you can rename this file so that the .xml is replaced by .html.
The .html file can now be transferred to your Kindle although I think it needs to be converted to Amazon's proprietary format. I've never actually used this last method but it should work.
Eric Carson commented
Any timeframe for having books available on the Fire? I noticed there is an android app available, but it doesn't seem to work with Kindle Fire. Unless I'm missing something. I'm asking on behalf of a family who recently purchased a Fire and would love to use it in this capacity for their son.
I love Bookshare for my dyslexic daughter but since we have such a difficult time getting any books to work (she and I are visual learners) and constantly struggle to get a book to load, we end up not using Bookshare very often. I really want to get kindle reader and download a book from Bookshare and just have it "magically" work! Any chance of this?
Cynthia Shelton commented
It would be great if my daughter could use my Fire to read her Bookshare books. Right now she has to use the computer. Any idea as to how we can get Amazon on board?
Dylan Maio commented
Kindle takes text files to download and the conversion process from Daisy files to text files is lengthy at this time. Students with disabilities are at a disadvantage for aquiring free books from this site.