[Athen] IPAD/downloading from libraries?
ShelleyHaven at techpotential.net
Sat May 15 18:34:37 PDT 2010
Several of us have. Do a search on the ATHEN list for "iPad" for observations posted to date (with more on the way, I'm sure).
Most public domain works are freely available through the iBooks app (doesn't come pre-loaded -- you can download it for free through the App Store). A few other apps focus on public domain books, too. Amazon's free Kindle app allows one to download any Kindle book. I've found that the simplest way to get the text from copyrighted Bookshare books onto the iPad is to change the .xml file to .html, then upload via an app like GoodReader (free).
Getting any of these to read aloud is a different story. Kindle has no text-to-speech and Kindle books will not work with VoiceOver. VoiceOver (Settings > General > Accessibility) will speak books in the iBooks app and also .html docs in GoodReader. The experience is not as good as using TTS on a computer (for one thing, it lacks features such as visual highlighting), but it's usable. Again, see earlier posts for more impressions.
Most of us are waiting for the Blio eReader which is supposed to be released for the iPhone as well as computers, so I would assume an iPad version would follow shortly.
Have fun exploring the iPad! <smile>
Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant
On May 15, 2010, at 5:37 PM, Zahavit Paz wrote:
> Did anyone look into the IPAD !
> I have been testing it for the past week it's pretty amazing.
> I am interested to know if you were successful downloading books from membership libraries for people with print disability to the IPAD?
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