[Athen] Best EPUB reader for JAWS

Stephen Marositz smarositz at csudh.edu
Thu Mar 4 13:20:26 PST 2021

Hi Jeremy

I've used Bookworm with a screen reader successfully https://github.com/blindpandas/bookworm

Another commercial Option is QRead: https://getaccessibleapps.com/qread/buy
I like some of QRead's features, but ultimately I find it doesn't always track the curser well.

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The Bookshelf Reader from VitalSource has some issues on Windows with screen readers. They are working on it and we are testing, but I would not recommend it right now. The older 7.6.4 may be an option. Thorium will only work with DRM free, so that is not the issue.


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Hi Jeremy,

Oh no! I wonder if he needs to uninstall and reinstall Thorium?

Another option that I like is VitalSource Bookshelf. Epubs can be sideloaded into Bookshelf.<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/203256896-Sideloading-EPUBs-with-Bookshelf__;!!P7nkOOY!_CNXTI2VTIJpzsqq3icHHutOsjMU9llXAQ6keo4AYo7SSjgh9JA0cz3o6G3QpmYc7g$>


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Hi folks,

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a Windows EPUB reader that gets along nicely with JAWS?

I referred a student to Thorium and it was working well for him for a while. Now he's having trouble navigating through files and is unable to copy and paste from files. He could do both in the same files just a few weeks ago.


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