Methods for Using Bookshare On Your Apple Device
Bookshare is a cool site, but if you don't want to spend 20 bucks on Read2Go this is it. It offers you to read your books online on your mobile device.
You basically have two options for reading books on a mobile device. Method 1: Bookshare Web Reader#
Tap on the search field and type in your book, then hit search. Search for the book you want and when you find it, flick right until you hear Read Now. Your book will be prepared. Then, you will be taken to an interface common to Read2Go, except that it is on the site.
Method 2: MP3 Files##
Audio files (MP3) may also work. First, make sure you have an extracting app that supports ZIP files. Then, make sure you also have some type of MP3 player app. Now, tap on the search field, type in your book, and press search.
Now, search for the book you want and tap on the Choose Format combo box. Choose the MP3 files option and hit Download. The book will be prepared, followed by where you will open it. Open it in your zip extractor, then open it in your mp3 player, and you should be good. Hope this helps.
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Web Reader is only available on iPad, and I have read reports that say that the visual focus does not move when using VoiceOver.
Bookshare actually recommends the app Voice Dream Reader which is half the cost of Read2Go and has many more features.
But what about the people who can't pay for Read2Go or Voice Dream Reader?
I don't know much about the education system in the United States because I live in Australia, but I was under the impression that as Voice Dream Reader is an app for education that either your school or disability agency or service provider can provide the app to you for free. If you are enrolled in Bookshare as a student, there are lots of benefits that your school or disability agency may be able to provide you with, including more sophisticated assistive technology for reading the book. As I said before, things are completely different in Australia, so what I'm saying could be quite incorrect.