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Re: E Reader information

From:

Paul Nisbet <[log in to unmask]>

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A discussion list for Assistive Technology professionals.

Date:

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 11:50:56 -0000

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Hi Lisa

We're doing a project called Books for All on this topic (some info at
www.booksforall.org.uk)  

Here's a quick guide with some free sites and another on creating and
reading ebooks using Word, MS Reader and Acrobat. 

The free sites like Project Gutenberg and University of Virginia have
thousands of out-of-copyright books, and if you want current copyrighted
titles I suggest the Seeing Ear http://www.seeingear.org/main.html  which
will support people with physical difficulties - you have to apply to join.
Seeing Ear has plain text files and I download them, open in Word, then go
through and add chapter headings in order to create a navigable eBook - see
the quick guide.

You could also scan to create your own for the client - see attached re
copyright - the Copyright and VI act 2002 makes it legal for you/someone
else to create accessible books for a client who can't physically turn the
page.

One last thing. There's a lot of publicity about the Daisy format - which is
great for visually impaired people - but IMO Word/Reader/PDF are better for
people with physical difficulties because they are accessible and navigable
provided you add structure using chapter headings; and the cost of creating
the books and reading them is zero since most people have Word, you can open
Word docs using free software and MS Reader and Adobe Reader are both free.
We make digital books in these formats for the children we support. 

Paul


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Paul D. Nisbet CEng MIET
Senior Research Fellow / Joint Coordinator
CALL Centre, University of Edinburgh
Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road
Edinburgh EH8 8AQ
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-----Original Message-----
From: A discussion list for Assistive Technology professionals.
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Price Lisa
Sent: 19 February 2007 10:56
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: E Reader information

Hi

I have a client with MND who is unable to hold books, and doesn't want a
page turner, but is a good PC user. Can anyone suggest any idea for E-reader
software / sites she could access.

Thanks
 
Lisa
 
Lisa Price
Occupational Therapist
ACT
 
0121 627 8235 ext 53258
 
-----Original Message-----
From: A discussion list for Assistive Technology professionals.
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennison Asuncion
Sent: 16 February 2007 12:50
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: UPDATED Library of Free/Inexpensive Software

The Adaptech Research Network is pleased to announce that we have updated
and  redesigned our library of free and inexpensive adaptive and "adaptable"
software titles. Thanks in large part to ideas and suggestions from
students,  disability service providers and web site visitors, we have added
new titles.  We have also attempted to make searching for software more user
friendly. Visit http://www.adaptech.org and select the Downloads link.

As usual, if you have any new titles of adaptive software that is either
free  or costs $200 USD or less that you think might be especially useful to
postsecondary students with disabilities, email Catherine Fichten at
[log in to unmask] We also invite you to email us with overall
feedback on the usability and accessibility of the library.

Jennison Asuncion
Co-Director, Adaptech Research Network
http://www.adaptech.org


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