Bookshare Technology Survey - 2013

Bookshare has developed a survey with a goal to understand which computers, software, and mobile devices Bookshare members use so they can build better solutions. Their survey will take about five to seven minutes to complete and closes Friday, December 6, 2013. After you complete the survey, you can choose to be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Link to the Bookshare Technology Survey.

9 Reasons to Choose High Quality Text-to-Speech

Computer generated voice, also called 'text-to-speech' or 'text-to-voice' functionality, enables people with visual impairments to live more independent lives. In addition, sometimes hearing text read out loud to you is better than reading with your eyes, especially when you are driving or walking and using a portable device.

There are plenty of reasons why clarity and accuracy of text-to-speech matter:

EDUPUB Workshop: Goals for Accessibility in Educational eBooks

DIAGRAM community members including George Kerscher, Gerardo Capiel, Geoff Freed, Madeleine Rothberg, Mark Hakkinen, TV Raman, and Kyle Keane attended the EDUPUB conference on October 29-30 in Boston, MA. The event was organized by Pearson and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The goal of the forum was to create action plans for the next year of development of educational e-books by exploring four themes: Educational Interoperability, Rich and Interactive Content, Accessibility, and Production Workflows.

NLS BARD App for iOS: NFB Review

Amy Mason has written a very informative review of the new NLS BARD App for iOS. Her article is posted to the NFB AT blog. Here's what she says about reading DAISY books:

Pipeline 2 1.6 released!

Version 1.6 of the DAISY Pipeline 2 project is now available for download. The following alternative packages are proposed:

Obi: Creating Navigable Audio Books

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know what a DAISY digital talking book is – an accessible, feature-rich publication that allows the reader to experience digital content in much the same way that readers have been navigating text for centuries. DAISY books let readers skip pages, scan headings, speed up or slow down audio to accommodate personal needs, and search through the book for specific words or passages.

Reflections from Copenhagen: Copyright and Accessibility

Bill Rosenblatt, one of the speakers at the Future Publishing and Accessibility Conference in Copenhagen (June 13-14, 2013) has posted an interesting article to his Copyright and Technology blog. The above mentioned conference brought together speakers from the accessibility and mainstream publishing fields. Bill writes: "Last week I received an education in the world of publishing for print-disabled people, including the blind and dyslexic.

Digital Talking Books for the Blind or Print Impaired in India

Since 2007, BarrierBreak in India has been creating accessible materials for organizations worldwide. In 2012 alone they converted 1.5 million pages into accessible textbooks whether in digital talking book or accessible PDF format.

Here's what they shared on their blog recently:

LinkedIn Becoming More Accessible

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, LinkedIn staff posted an article about the recent accessibility enhancements to this fast growing professional networking platform. These accessibility improvements allow professionals with all backgrounds and abilities to be more productive. Accessibility efforts started out as a few passion projects by members of LinkedIn’s web development team. As a result, Accessibility Web Developer Task Force, dedicated to making LinkedIn user experiences inclusive and accessible, was formed.

Webinar on April 25th: Best Practices for Integrating Accessible Images

Bryan Gould and Geoff Freed of the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH presented “Best Practices for Integrating Accessible Images into Ebooks & DTBs” on Thursday April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time, 12:30 p.m. Eastern. In a special 90-minute presentation for content creators, Bryan and Geoff discussed best practices for authoring accessible images and integrating them into e-books and DTBs. Included in the seminar were brief demonstrations of the following authoring tools:


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