[Athen] help with alternative form of ebook

Jane Berk BerkJ at macewan.ca
Fri Sep 1 07:35:29 PDT 2017

Hi all,

Whenever I get a pdf file from a publisher that doesn't read well due to, for example, ligature issues like "fi" or other problems, my first trial is putting it through the scan feature of pdf to pdf in Texthelp Read and Write Gold. I just did this with a book from Norton that was over 1100 pages last week and it turned out perfectly. I've been doing this for years.

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-----Original Message-----
From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Maria Bohn
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2017 6:24 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] help with alternative form of ebook

Hi Dori : if you cannot find an accessible version you might want to consider working with the book to convert it to a more accessible version with Omni Page Pro or Abbyy FineReader for the student (time consuming!)– or change the reading order in Kurzweil but I do not know if that will be compatible with the Natural Reader software

Maria Bohn
Senior Resource Accommodations Specialist Assistive Technology Office of Specialized Services Bergen Community College

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Dori Lloyd <dori_lloyd at davidsonccc.edu>
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Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:46 PM
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Subject: [Athen] help with alternative form of ebook

I am helping my Disability Services Coordinator find an accessible version of an ebook provided by Pearson for a student. The name of the book is Nursing : A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volume I and II. We got a pdf version through AccessText but it is not accessible. This particular student is using Natural Reader and the reading order is all messed up.

First of all, has anyone, by chance, run into this same issue with this exact book? If so, I'd love to know how you found an accessible version.

Secondly, we are novices when it comes to this scenario. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what is the next best step for troubleshooting this? Would you suggest pushing back on Pearson to help us get an accessible version or would we be better served to just find a vendor who would re-mediate this document at a cost?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Dori Lloyd
Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology Reich Bldg Rm 101A

Davidson County Community College
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