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NLS Reference Guide

Accessible Mobile Reading Apps

2016

This reference publication describes accessible software applications (apps) for smartphones and other mobile devices, which can be used by those who are visually impaired to read books, newspapers, magazines, and other print material. These apps convert digital text to speech or provide braille output to a compatible braille device. In addition, some of the apps listed provide books in audio formats. Many of these apps can be downloaded through the standard channels, such as the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices. While several of the mobile apps listed below may be downloaded free of charge, content may have to be purchased separately. Consult the Selected Bibliographyfor resources that contain detailed instructions on downloading and using an app on a mobile device.

Please contact the app developers directly to inquire about specific mobile platform compatibility and accessibility. Categories for the apps are listed as they appear in the App Store or Google Play in order to facilitate organization and searching. Except where explicitly noted, items listed in this reference guide are not part of the free library program provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Contents

Reading Apps

Books and Magazines

Audiobooks 7000+

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
Developer: Le Thanh Quang
Price: Free
Size: 7.0 MB
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read most page elements

Allows users to download free audiobooks in the public domain from LibriVox. Users are able to navigate by chapter via a track list. App includes comments and reviews from other readers of a particular work.

Audiobooks from Audible

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later), Android
Developer: Audible, Inc. (an Amazon company)b
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchases)
Size: 61.8 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read most page elements

Provides audiobooks for iOS and Android devices. App comes with such features as bookmarking, chapter navigation, sleep mode, and speed adjustments.

Audiobooks

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later)
Developer: Cross Forward Consulting/Traveling Classics
Price: $0.99 (allows for in-app purchases)
Size: 12.4 MB
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read most page elements

Provides free public-domain audiobooks and podcasts, as well as newer books for purchase. Also includes a sleep timer.

Audiobooks Now

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later), Android
Developer: Booksfree.com
Price: Free
Size: 6.3 MB (iOS),1.4 MB (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Subscription gives users access to approximately fifty thousand audiobooks. App features a sleep timer, wish list, and bookmarking features.

BARD Mobile

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 4.3 or later), Android
Developer: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress
Price: Free (must be a registered user of NLS and BARD)
Size: 12.3 MB (iOS), 7.0 MB (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Provides access to more than fifty thousand books, magazines, and music scores in audio and digital braille (contracted and uncontracted) to those who are registered with the braille and talking book library service. Font size, screen contrast, speed, and tone may be adjusted. Updated version of the app includes a sleep timer. Note: the braille feature is only available on iOS devices.  

Blio

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 4.0 or later), Android, and Windows
Developer: Blio
Price: Free
Size: 34.3 MB (iOS), 21 MB (Android), 10.59 MB (Windows)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to download e-books from the Blio Bookstore and add books from iTunes or the Internet in EPUB, PDF, or XPS formats. Different voice options are available through the app.

DAISY Talk

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.1 or later)
Developer: New Braille Systems K.K.
Price: $25.99
Size: 3.6 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Reads DAISY audiobooks through the built-in synthesized voice in iOS devices. Users can set bookmarks, move between passages, and perform word searching. App supports thirty-four languages.

eBook Search

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 5.0), Android
Developer: Inkstone Software, Inc.
Price: Free
Size: 27.3 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Aggregates free titles from the collections of major e-book providers such as iBooks, Kindle, and Nook. Books are read through their respective apps. Users can purchase an in-app feature that removes ads for $0.99.

FanFiction

Platforms Available: iOS (requires iOS 7 or later), Android
Developer: Pentaloop
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchases)
Size: 31.2 MB (iOS), 3.5 MB (Android)
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Offers more than 150,000 stories in e-text format based on best-selling books, movies, and television series. Material is written by fans of the original franchises, not by the original authors and creators. App allows searching by keyword or browsing by series or communities of fans.

Free Audiobooks

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7 or later)
Developer: Digital Press Publishing
Price: $0.99
Size: 32.2 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Offers nearly five thousand audiobooks in the public domain for the one-time fee of 99 cents. Allows users to download books one chapter at a time without having to download the entire book at once.

Free Audiobooks HQ

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
Developer: Inkstone Software
Price: Free
Size: 25.2 MB 
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to download over eight thousand audiobooks for free via LibriVox and purchase from a selection of over one hundred thousand “premium” audiobooks. Includes a sleep timer and the ability to bookmark sections. Users can preview portions of the books before download. Available in seventeen languages.  

Free Books

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7 or later), Android
Developer: Digital Press Publishing
Price: Free
Size: 37.3 MB (iOS), 14 MB (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to download over twenty-three thousand e-books in the public domain and nearly five thousand audiobooks. 

Google Play Books

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 8.0 or later), Android
Developer: Google
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchases)
Size:  24.7MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Gives users access to more than four million e-books through the Google Play store. The books as well as the page location can be synced across multiple devices.

Go Read

Platforms available: Android
Developer: Bookshare
Price: Free (Bookshare membership required to download Bookshare books)
Size: 6.2 MB
Accessibility: Developed for readers with print disabilities; users can read with voice navigation and text-to-speech features

Gives users access to Bookshare audiobooks on their Android devices. Contact Bookshare for specifics about the app. For the iOS Bookshare app, see Read2Go entry.

iBooks

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
Developer: Apple
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchases)
Size: 31.0 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to download e-books from the iBooks store and read them with VoiceOver. iBooks can also open content in PDF and EPUB formats.

iLike2Read

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 5 or later)
Developer: MDV Ingegneria Elettronica Sas
Price: $2.99
Size: 0.9 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to read documents within a simple interface. Supports multiple file formats and allows users to bookmark their favorite authors.

Kindle

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android, Windows
Developer: Amazon
Price: Free
Size: 92.6 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android), 2.73–3.97 MB (Windows)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to download Kindle e-books as well as magazines and newspapers. App features a reference section in the FAQs that describes VoiceOver gestures for the app.

KNFB Reader

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Sensotec
Price: $99.99
Size: 42.6 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Scans print text and converts it into digital speech and braille output. Can export text files for later retrieval and use. For users with reading disabilities, the app has synchronized speech and text highlighting capabilities.

Learning Ally Audio

Platforms Available: iOS (requires iOS 5.0 or later), Android
Developer: Learning Ally
Price: Free (requires membership with Learning Ally)
Size: 7.2 MB (iOS), 9.7 MB (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows Learning Ally members to download audiobooks from their bookshelf. Features bookmarking capabilities, page and chapter navigation, and speed controls..

LibriVox Audio Books

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Theodore Book (BookDesign)
Price: Free  
Size: 9.7 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to stream or download more than fifteen thousand human-voice narrated audiobook titles and radio dramas to their device. Includes a sleep timer and a bookmarking feature.

Nook

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Barnes & Noble
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchases)
Size: 50.4 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements; screen magnification (zoom) also available

Offers readers more than three million e-books, magazines, and newspapers in the Nook Store. App has bookmarking capabilities, screen magnification, and changeable text and background colors. When users first sign in using VoiceOver, the app gives them a tutorial on Nook’s accessibility features.

Nook Audiobooks

Platforms available: iOS (requires 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Barnes & Noble
Price: Free (allows for in-app purchase)
Size: 6.3 MB (iOS), 4.4 MB (Android)
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read most page elements

Features over sixty thousand audiobooks. Users can preview titles before purchasing them. A selection of free books is available.

Overdrive

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later), Android, Windows
Developer: OverDrive
Price: Free (access is granted through a valid library account)
Size: 31.8 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android), 2MB (Windows)
Accessibility: Some Buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read most page elements

Gives users access to the e-book and audiobook collections of over thirty thousand libraries. The app allows bookmarking and offers the ability to sync material across different mobile devices.

Read2Go

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 5.0 or later)
Developer: Bookshare
Price: $19.99
Size: 115 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Gives users access to Bookshare books in braille and audio through their iOS devices. App lets users change backgrounds, color, and font size. Also allows for audio and braille output through VoiceOver. For the Android Bookshare app, see Go Read entry.

Voice Braille Reader

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
Developer: C-fes Co., Ltd.
Price: $14.99
Size: 3.5 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Converts digital braille files into speech using the default VoiceOver voice. The app will play Bookshare and NLS BRF and BRL material. Allows users to sync braille output with speech so readers can read tactilely as they listen.

Voice Dream Reader

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.1 or later), Android (requires 4.4 or later)
Developer: Voice Dream LLC
Price: $9.99
Size: 52.6 MB (iOS), 35 MB (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Can convert most DAISY, DRM-free EPUB, PDF, and Word books to audio and allows users to select from dozens of high-quality voices. Has a sleep timer and a speed-adjustment function that can reach seven hundred words per minute.

News and Newspapers

AccessWorld

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later)
Developer: American Foundation for the Blind
Price: Free
Size: 1.2 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users browse and read e-text articles from current and archived issues of AccessWorld online magazine.

Apple News

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 9 or later)
Developer: Apple Inc.
Price: Free
Size: N/A
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Comes built-in with iOS devices running iOS 9 or later. Allows users to select stories from major news content providers and read them through the app, set up alerts for new stories, and list their favorites.

BaconReader for Reddit

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7 or later), Android
Developer: One Louder
Price: Free
Size: 20.4 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements.

Allows mobile users to interface with Reddit through their mobile devices, navigate between Reddit accounts, and categorize listings. Users can bookmark stories and follow other Reddit users.

BBC News

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7 or later), Android
Developer: BBC Worldwide
Price: Free
Size: 18.1 (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to navigate the latest top stories and breaking news from around the world via the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Users may also personalize the news they receive through the My News feature.

Breaking News

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 8.0 or later), Android
Developer: Vijay Anand
Price: Free
Size: 6.6 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Interfaces with major U.S. and international news providers including CNN, Fox News, Reuters, the New York Times, and others to provide immediate access to top stories. Users can customize push notifications.

Google Play Newsstand

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 8.0 or later), Android
Developer: Google Inc.  
Price: Free
Size: 13.9 MB (iOS), varies with device (Android)
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows users to explore a variety of news sources with articles, audio, and video. Users can subscribe to their choice of publishers and categories.

Newspapers

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 9.0 or later)
Developer: David Earnest
Price: $0.99
Size: 16.5 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Aggregates online newspapers from around the globe. Users can browse by location, search by keyword, and save favorites.

NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later)
Developer: National Federation of the Blind
Price: Free (must be a NEWSLINE subscriber)
Size: 1.9 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Provides text from more than 350 local newspapers and magazines, as well as local TV listings. Registered users can install the app on as many as five separate devices.

Reference Apps

Braille

Braille Reference

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 6.0 or later)
Developer: Northwest Mobile Development
Price: $0.99
Size: 0.9 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Provides a quick reference to 250 braille symbols and contractions.

Braille Sonar Pro

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 5.1 or later)
Developer: At Your Fingertips
Price: Free
Size: 66.0 MB
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Contains over one thousand braille contractions and symbols. The app looks up grade 2 braille using the Unified English Braille Code (UEB).

Encyclopedia

Wikipedia

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Foundation
Price: Free
Size: 7.6 MB (iOS), 11 MB Android
Accessibility: All buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Contains more than thirty-two million articles in a variety of languages.

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Advanced English Dictionary and Thesaurus

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: jDictionary Mobile
Price: $1.99 (iOS), $0.99 (Android)
Size: 50.6 MB (iOS), 38 MB (Android)
Accessibility: Most buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Features nearly six hundred thousand entries and voices with American, British, and Australian English accents.

American Heritage Dictionary

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 7.0 or later), Android
Developer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Price: $24.99
Size: 690 MB (iOS), 13 MB (Android)
Accessibility: Buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Includes the entire text of the print fifth edition and offers features to help users spell and pronounce words.

Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus

Platforms available: iOS (requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Developer: Enfour, Inc.
Price: $3.99
Size: 44.6 MB
Accessibility: Buttons are labeled and VoiceOver can read all page elements

Allows bookmarking and can be used completely offline.

Selected Bibliography

Beal, C.R. (2015, April 21). From braille to iPad: a new app enables the blind to learn online. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/from-braille-to-ipad-a-new-app-enables-the-blind-to-learn-online-39739 Link outside of Library of Congress.

Bonnington, C. (2015, January 23). iPad app brings braille keyboard to blind users’ fingertips. Wired. Retrieved from www.wired.com/2015/01/ibrailler-ipad-app/ Link outside of Library of Congress.

Davert, S. (2014, March 11). Top four picks for braille users of iDevices. National Federation of the Blind [Blog]. Retrieved from https://nfb.org/blog/ Link outside of Library of Congress.

Dresner, A. (2015). Getting started with the iPhone and iOS 8: Step by step instructions for blind users. Boston: National Braille Press.

Holström, R. (2014, August). There’s an app for that. NB. Retrieved from www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-advice-professionals-nb-magazine-health-professionals-nb-features/there%E2%80%99s-app Link outside of Library of Congress.

Ingber, J., & Kindle for iOS Team. (2013). Reading Kindle books on your iOS device: a quick reference guide. Boston: National Braille Press.

Lewis Jr., L. (2013) iOS success: making the iPad accessible. Boston: National Braille Press.

Maurer, M. (2015, June). The KNFB reader becomes the property of the nation’s blind. Braille Monitor, 58 (6). Retrieved from https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm15/bm1506/bm150603.htm Link outside of Library of Congress.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. (2013, September 6).  BARD Mobile application user guide. Retrieved from https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.1.0.html Link outside of Library of Congress.

O’Connor, B. (2013, October 16). Review: BARD on the iPhone is stable, needs updates. Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech’s Blog on Blindness. Retrieved from www.pdrib.com/blog/review-bard-iphone/ Link outside of Library of Congress.

Pickering, H. (2014). Apps for all: coding accessible web applications. Freiburg, Germany: Smashing Magazine.

Stark, J. (2015, August 23). List of app recommendations for blind and partially sighted android users. Jeffrey’s Soapbox. Retrieved from http://blog.blackspheretech.com/?p=306 Link outside of Library of Congress.

Selected Internet Resources

The following resources provide tips, tutorials, and general information regarding accessible mobile applications and/or devices, which can help users gain a better understanding of how to operate this technology.

AccessWorld
www.afb.org/accessworld.asp Link outside of Library of Congress
Online magazine published monthly by the American Foundation for the Blind includes reviews of assistive technology products and articles of general technological interest for people who are blind or visually impaired.

AppleVis
www.applevis.com Link outside of Library of Congress
Website that provides information, tips, and support for Apple product users who are blind or have low vision. Includes a blog, forum, user guides and tutorials, and product reviews.

BARD Mobile How-To Series
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpAGnumt6iV7Aap_-C8b-8pR_HCxnh_Ls Link outside of Library of Congress
Series of videos produced by NLS staff to demonstrate tips for using BARD Mobile.

Fred’s Head
www.fredshead.info Link outside of Library of Congress
Blog from the American Printing House for the Blind contains product reviews, tutorials, in-depth articles, and general information for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Contact Information for Sources

At Your Fingertips
www.atyourfingertips.biz/apps/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Apple
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 996-1010
877-204-3930 toll-free
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.apple.com/accessibility/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Amazon
(206) 266-2992
866-216-1072 toll-free
www.amazon.com Link outside of Library of Congress

American Foundation for the Blind
AFB Tech–AccessWorld
1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
[email protected]
www.afb.org/aw Link outside of Library of Congress

Audible, Inc.
One Washington Park
Newark, NJ 07102
888-283-5051 toll-free
(973) 820-0400
www.audible.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Barnes & Noble
800-843-2665 toll-free
www.bn.com/nook Link outside of Library of Congress

BBC Worldwide (U.S. Office)
BBC Worldwide America
1120 Avenue of the Americas 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 705 9300
www.bbcworldwide.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Blio
www.blio.com Link outside of Library of Congress

BookDesign
[email protected]

Booksfree.com
8453-P Tyco Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 748-2390
www.booksfree.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Bookshare
480 South California Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 352-0198
(650) 475-1066 fax
www.bookshare.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Cross Forward Consulting/Travelling Classics
[email protected]

David Earnest
www.dreamingphone.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Digital Press Publishing
digitalpresspublishing.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Enfour, Inc.
[email protected]
www.enfour.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy.
Mountain View, CA 94043
www.google.com/contact/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Google Play
855-836-3987 toll-free
play.google.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
222 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 351-5000

Inkstone Mobile
9450 SW Gemini Dr., #17837
Beaverton, OR 97008
[email protected]
www.inkstonemobile.com Link outside of Library of Congress

jDictionary Mobile
[email protected]
http://jdictionary-mobile.com Link outside of Library of Congress

KNFB Reader
(347) 422-7085
[email protected]
www.knfbreader.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Learning Ally
20 Roszel Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540
800

www.hmhco.com Link outside of Library of Congress-221-4792 toll-free
866-732-3585 toll-free
[email protected]
www.learningally.org Link outside of Library of Congress

MDV Ingegneria Elettronica S.a.s
Via San Carlo 10/U 40023
Castel Guelfo (BO) Italy
+39 0542-67.04.99
[email protected]

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
200 Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
866-504-7300 toll-free
(410) 685-5653 fax
[email protected]
https://nfb.org/audio-newspaper-service Link outside of Library of Congress

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor St. NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707‑5100
800-424-8567 toll-free
(202) 707‑0744 TTY
(202) 707‑0712 fax
[email protected]
www.loc.gov/nls/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Northwest Mobile Development
(503) 278-1083
www.nwmobiledev.com Link outside of Library of Congress

OneLouder
909 Walnut St., Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64106
http://onelouder.com/contact Link outside of Library of Congress

OverDrive Media
http://help.overdrive.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Sensotec
See KNFB Reader

SoThree, Inc.
[email protected]
http://umano.me Link outside of Library of Congress

LibriVox
[email protected]
www.librivox.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Lisgo
[email protected]
http://lisgo.org/help.html Link outside of Library of Congress

Voice Dream LLC
[email protected]
www.voicedream.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Vijay Anand
516 Green Hill Manor Dr.
Franklin Park, NJ 08823
[email protected]

Foundation
149 New Montgomery St., Floor 6
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 839-6885
(415) 882-0495 fax
info@.org
www.wikimediafoundation.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Glossary

Audiobook: A publication in digital audio that can be read on a variety of digital devices.

Braille and Audio Reading Download, (BARD): An online site that allows NLS patrons to download audio and braille books.

Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY): A technical standard for digital audiobooks, periodicals, and computerized text.

Digital rights management (DRM): Technologies that provide protection for copyrighted material in digital formats. 

e-book: A publication in digital text that can be visually read on a digital device or read audibly through a device’s text-to-speech capabilities. 

EPUB: Short for Electronic PUBlication. A standard for electronic publications set by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

LibriVox: An audiobook repository of titles in the public domain, including many classics. The service uses volunteers to record material and the recordings have multiple narrators.

Portable Document Format (PDF): An open standard created by Adobe Systems that permits the exchange of electronic documents.

VoiceOver: A screen reader, standard on Apple’s computers and mobile devices, that can convert accessible text into audio or braille.

XML Paper Specification (XPS): An open specification for page description language and a fixed-document format created by Microsoft.

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Compiled by Chris Corrigan
March 2016


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