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EZReader - Book Reader Help

    

EZReader System:

EZReader consists of over 30 custom applications designed to give vision-impaired users improved access to computer capabilities. This is the Help page for the EZReader Book Reader application.

EZReader Book Reader Help

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The EZReader Book Reader allows you to read books, which are just files of various formats.

It can also read books to you. You can control the volume as well as the reading speed.

The book reader allows the user to adjust colors, fonts, text size, character spacing and more to best fit the user's vision constraints.

EZReader supports 5 different libraries:

  • Personal Library - files with a .txt extension, supplied by users
  • Gutenberg Library - files with a .txt extension, supplied by the Guttenberg project
  • NewsPaper Library - files with a .htm extension, supplied by the NFB
  • PDF Library - files with the .pdf extension
  • MS Word Library - files with the .docx extension

Users can add books (text files) of their own to the various libraries. See the Help section on Import Library for more details.

Kindle books can be imported into the EZReader Book Reader Personal library.

The Gutenberg library contains about 200 popular, classic books from the Gutenberg Project is distributed with EZReader.

The EZReader Book Reader can extract text from both PDF files and are kept in a library of their own. At this time, images from PDF files cannot be displayed.

The EZReader Book Reader can extract text from MS Word files and are kept in a library of their own. At this time, images from Word fiels cannot be displayed.

Finally, the Book Reader can be used to view free, daily newspapers available from the NFB Newsline website. The files use a custom XML format.

 Main Screen Shot

The Book Reader main screen has 4 rows of navigation/action icons. The right-most icon, the "Menu" icon, is used to move through all available rows of icons.

The menu icon consist of multiple dots, where the number of dots tells you how many row of navigation/action icons are supported by the current screen. The dot with the white center indicates which row is currently displayed.

Row 1 Icons

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit

Icon 2: Library books

Icon 3: Gutenberg books

Icon 4: NewsPapers

Icon 5: PDF Files

Icon 6: MS Word Files

Icon 7: Next row of navigation/action icons

Row 2 Icons

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit

Icon 2: Chapter list

Icon 3: Previous chapter

Icon 4: Next chapter

Icon 5: Search

Icon 6 Show book location

Icon 7: Next row of navigation/action icons

Row 3 Icons

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit

Icon 2: Play/pause

Icon 3: Stop speaking

Icon 4: Increase volume

Icon 5: Decrease volume

Icon 6: Change speech rate

Icon 7: Next row of navigation/action icons

Row 4 Icons

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit

Icon 2: Increase font size

Icon 3: Decrease font size

Icon 4: Change colors

Icon 5: Change font

Icon 6: Change brightness

Icon 7: Next row of navigation/action icons

 Library Book List Screen Shot

Click on the first column of a line to toggle display of an X, which is considered as "checking" the line.

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit the application

Icon 2: UnCheck all books

Icon 3: Open the selected book

Icon 4: Search book list

Icon 5: Delete checked books

 Chapter List Screen Shot

Double click on any item in the list to go to that location.

A chapter list always begins with Top of Book and Bottom of book.

Icon actions are as follows:

Icon 1: Exit the application

Icon 2: Jump to the selected chapter

 Importing Kindle Books

Kindle books which the user has purchased and downloaded can be imported into the EZReader Book Reader library. The process involves the use of a 3rd party utility called the "Kindle Converter", a license for which is included in the purchase price of EZReader.

Users of the free EZReader Book Reader can purchase the Kindle Converter directly from the authors.

The installation files for the Kindle Converter v1.24 and the Kindle book downloader/reader are distributed with EZReader, in the "Apps" subfolder. Or, both can be downloaded here

Once the Kindle for PC app is installed, the user must immediately uncheck the automatic update settings!

The installed Kindle for PC app instMUST used for downloading Kindle books. The converter will not work with more recent versions of the Kindle for PC app.

Once books have been purchased from Amazon and downloaded using the v1.24 Kindle app, books can then be imported into EZReader using the Kindle Converter. Just open up the converter and follow these steps:

  • Click on the Kindle icon (upper left)
  • Select "Filter"
  • Set format to Text
  • Set output folder to "books\library\"
  • Press convert

Installation of the Kindle Converter and Kindle book reader will be done by the New Vision Concepts technician who installs EZReader and the user will be given a tutorial on its use.

Finally, imported books generally do not include chapter markers. If chapter markers are desired, they must be manually inserted into the imported text file. EZReader recognizes the characters ">>" as chapter markers, when placed at the start of a line. For example, if a line in the book text file says "Chapter 1", then the line must be edited to read ">>Chapter 1".

Chapter mark insertion is typically best done with the assistance of someone who does not have low-vision issues. But, the process is quite simple. Open the book in a text editor, scroll for lines that represent chapters and insert ">>" at the start of those lines.