[Athen] Online eBook Accessibility

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Wed Mar 26 13:38:08 PDT 2014

Vital Source gets pretty high marks, CourseSmart gets very mixed reviews.
The Kindle app appears to work pretty well with screen readers on the
Windows platform. The hardware Kindle has never appropriately addressed
accessibility despite all assurances otherwise. Can't speak to the others.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On
Behalf Of Wink Harner
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:28 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Online eBook Accessibility

Hi out there in ATHEN-Land,

Anyone have any first-hand experience with the use of screen readers or TTS
readers with online textbook sources such as:

- Chegg

- CourseSmart

- GooglePlay-

- Kindle

- Kno

- Vital Source

Publisher denied a PDF file and suggested the student purchase one of the
electronic versions of the requested book from the sources (above).
Student's preference is PDF, but if he can get the file to read aloud, he
may be OK. I have asked him for his preference.

What experience do any of you have in the TTS capabilities on any of those
e-book sources listed?

Let me know!

Thanks in advance for your collective knowledge.

Wink Harner

foreigntype at gmail.com


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