[Athen] free accessible EPUB reader?

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Mon Mar 4 06:43:05 PST 2019

Hahahah! I'm happy to get a laugh this morning after a ridiculous commute in snowy conditions.

Of course, there are a lot of "accessible" readers out there, but very few, if any, that work with a student's existing TTS or screenreading technology. At best, you can franken-science something together, like using Windows Edge to open the ePub, then use Windows Narrator to listen to the file. I know that way works pretty well. Read and Write will open an ePub and read it, and includes navigation as it shows the chapters broken down on the side, so it isn't too bad. Kurzweil is a no-win because it just opens the whole file with no really useful navigation.

If you're trying to use a screen reader to read the ePub, I think, again, you can open it in Edge for Windows, and I think other browsers. But how the ePub was made is going to be the best determiner of if it can be used with any form of AT.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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It's been a long time since I taught how to create Daisy books and knew what readers were accessible.

I'm taking a look at EPUB and I've created a book from one of my tutorials. I now want to read it, but didn't want to use the Calibre viewer/the app I used to create the book as I want to see how it reads in another viewer.

Any suggestions on a free but good EPUB reader that is accessible? What are students and faculty using?

Cheers, Karen
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