ePub and PDF Tools

The following is not an exhaustive list of options. These are solutions for the most common devices. 

Chromebook Users:


Dolphin EasyReader is a free app that is available in the Google Play Store.  The app will allow you to open ePubs from Google Drive on the Chromebook and offers text to speech.

NaturalReader is a free app that is available in the Chrome Web Store.  This text to speech reader allows you to listen to webpages, Google Docs, non-DRM ePub, and PDF's.

Read & Write for Google Chrome:  ePubs will work with the paid version of Read & Write for Google Chrome. Contact TextHelp for pricing information. If you do not have the paid version, you should request a PDF version of the file from the ICAM. Then you can open the PDF in the free version of Read & Write for Google Chrome, this version includes the text to speech option. We have created a step-by-step video showing how to open the PDF in Read & Write for Google Chrome.

Snap&Read:  If you have Snap&Read from Don Johnston, you can open the PDF from the Snap&Read extension.  You can then annotate and use text to speech with the PDF.  Don Johnston has created several resources to assist the user in using Snap&Read.  There are many videos under the How-To Resources for Chrome Extension tab, including a video on how to open a PDF inside Snap&Read.  There is also a PDF showing how to Open and Edit a PDF from Google Classroom as a Student.

iOS Users:

iBooks:  Using a cloud-based storage solution (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) you will transfer the ePub to your iPad. We have created a step-by-step video that shows this process in detail. The ePub will be opened in iBooks for use with the built-in text to speech option.

Watch a Step-By-Step Video on How to Open an ePub on an iPad 


iOS and Android Users:

EasyReader - This free app will open ePubs and will sync with Bookshare. This app works on iOS and Android.

NaturalReader is a free app that is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. This text-to-speech web application converts written text into spoken words using Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud.

Voice Dream Reader is an ePub reader with 186 voices and 30 languages that can be infinitely customized. It is available in the iTunes Store for $14.99.  This app works on iOS and Android.

Mac Users:

iBooks:  Using a cloud-based storage solution (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) you will transfer the ePub to iBooks. iBooks has built-in text to speech accessibility options.

Microsoft Edge Browser:  You can open a PDF using Microsoft Edge by right-clicking on the file and Open With Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge has built-in tools that include Read aloud, Draw, Highlight, and Zoom.

 

Window Users:

Read & Write for Google Chrome:  You can open a PDF in the free version of Read & Write for Google Chrome, this version includes the text to speech option. We have created a step-by-step video showing how to open the PDF in Read & Write for Google Chrome. 

Thorium Reader is a free ePub reader for Windows 10, MacOS and Linux.  Thorium contains most features required for ebook reading such as Bookmarks, annotations/highlights, text search, single page scrolling mode, two page layout, navigation using print page breaks, Table of Contents or scroll bar.

Thorium is accessible for visually impaired and dyslexic people. It is fully usable with keyboard alone and supports navigation and reading with popular screen readers like Jaws, NVDA, Narrator and Voiceover. Other accessibility features include support for high-contrast, customizable font including dyslexia font), color themes, text size and Text To Speech (TTS) read aloud.

Microsoft Edge Browser:  You can open a PDF using Microsoft Edge by right-clicking on the file and Open With Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge has built-in tools that include Read aloud, Draw, Highlight, and Zoom.

 

Portable ePub Reader Device

Victor Reader Stream

 

Sometimes videos and typewritten instructions are not enough. If you are using a device not listed above or if you need further assistance please contact usWe would be happy to provide any kind of training that you need. 

Thorium contains most features required for ebook reading such as Bookmarks, annotations/highlights, text search, single page scrolling mode, two page layout, navigation using print page breaks, Table of Contents or scroll bar.

Thorium is accessible for visually impaired and dyslexic people. It is fully usable with keyboard alone and supports navigation and reading with popular screen readers like Jaws, NVDA, Narrator and Voiceover. Other accessibility features include support for high-contrast, customizable font including dyslexia font), color themes, text size and Text To Speech (TTS) read aloud.

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