Q: Why don't I have full web access in the new Read:OutLoud 6 Bookshare Edition?
A: Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition was designed to provide direct support for Bookshare. We have found that full web access creates support and engineering issues and agreed with Bookshare to restrict web access in their
version to eliminate the extra support and engineering required for full web access. We apologize that this feature is no longer available in the free Read:Outloud 6 Bookshare Edition.
When will Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition be available?
A. Update as of 8.7.09
Both the Windows and the Mac version of Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition are now available! Bookshare members can download the software on the Bookshare website here.
Which students qualify to receive the free version?
Any Bookshare members qualifying under the Chafee amendment can download and use the free version of Read:OutLoud. Visit http://www.Bookshare.org/web/CopyrightLaw.html
for details on the amendment.
Can I access my other curriculum materials with Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition?
The Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition is only compatible with Bookshare files.
Will the Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition interface with my other Don Johnston products: Draft:Builder, Write:OutLoud and Co:Writer?
The Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition version will not interface with Draft:Builder or Write:OutLoud, but Co:Writer can be used in any application where text is typed including Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition.
Q: What is the difference between Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition and Read:OutLoud SOLO Edition?
A: Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition only plays Bookshare files and is available for free to Bookshare members. The Read:OutLoud SOLO Edition can access a number of file formats including TXT, XML, PDF, NIMAS, HTML.
I’m experiencing some problems reading Bookshare files in Read:OutLoud. Sometimes the reading jumps from page to page or stops abruptly.
A: Here’s a response from Bookshare posted in their quarterly “Bookshare Bulletin”:
Book Quality – Reprocessing and Fixing Errors
By Lindsie Verma Have you noticed problems with books in Read:OutLoud or Victor Reader Soft? In some cases, the problem is not with the software, but with the book. We have a major initiative underway, including reprocessing the entire collection, to bring the quality of all books up to the highest standard. Reprocessing will fix some issues, but we need your help. In late 2008, we implemented a new feature on our website for Bookshare users to provide direct feedback about the quality of the books they download. When you select a book title and go to the book’s information page, you’ll find a box in the upper right corner called Quality Issues to report a book issue you encountered while reading. Please report any errors you find. You’ll hear back from us quickly as to when the errors will be corrected.
Here’s how to report a book issue:
Select “Report book quality issue” in the right hand corner of each book page. A form will auto-generate with the basic information about the book (title, author, etc.). Fields will also appear to enter comments and contact information, which is kept anonymous. Please note specific examples or pages that you are reporting about. This information is helpful for us to assess book issues properly. Within 24 hours, a report is logged on our system and you can check the status of your issue by going to http://quality.bookshare.org or by selecting “See all reported book quality issues” on the book’s download page. Educational books with quality issues are fixed within one month. Books of non-educational content are fixed within 2 months. Once a book quality issue is resolved, we will contact you if you have opted to receive notification. Thanks for helping us constantly improve the quality of our books.