www.bookshare.org Retail Price: $19.99 (download from the iPad App Store)
Where can U.S. students with qualified print
disabilities (blind, low vision, a physical
disability like CP or a reading disability like
dyslexia), go to find instructional materials
in alternative, more accessible formats? One
important source is Bookshare, an online
repository of over 125,000 digital books
(including 6,000 textbooks), teacherrecommended
readings, periodicals, and
assistive technology tools.
Quality and Effectiveness: Bookshare
materials are available in several formats,
including HTML, text, braille and DAISY
(Digital Accessible Information System).
However, DAISY-formatted materials
created by Bookshare contain no audio.
Recently, Bookshare released Read2Go,
an iPad app combining the features of a
DAISY reader with the accessibility tools
and functionality available in the Apple
iOS. The advantage of using the dedicated
Read2Go rather than just Apple’s iBooks
with VoiceOver is that qualifying students
with Bookshare memberships can connect
directly to Bookshare’s online repository. They
can also use Read2Go tools to manage their books
in the app’s Bookshelf, bookmark important
passages, adjust audio presentation and display
text, and navigate to particular text sections or
Ease of Use: Even first-time users will find
Read2Go easy to navigate. Read2Go users have
two choices for importing reading materials: they
can search Bookshare directly with the app’s
browse and search tools, then select the desired
materials and download them for reading on the
iPad, or, they can transfer books to Bookshare via iTunes. The iTunes
option can be used to import Bookshare’s DAISY-compatible titles
in the public domain and copyrighted encrypted texts previously
downloaded for the student.
Creative Use of Technology: Read2Go has built-in audio and visual
support, allowing users to listen to text read
aloud as it is highlighted on screen. Users
can browse materials in the Bookshare
repository by tapping the Search button in
the menu at the bottom of the iPad screen
and looking for a particular title, author, or
Suitability for Use in a School
Environment: Read2Go has some useful
features, offering direct connection to
Bookshare for qualifying members, high
quality voice for read-alouds, highlighting
options, variable text colors and multiple
type sizes to suit individual reading needs.
Bookshare materials are reserved for
Overall Rating: Read2Go is a good first step
in the effort to make instructional materials more
accessible to students who qualify for Bookshare
accounts and NIMAS-formatted textbooks.
The present version does have a few limitations.
Unlike iBooks, for example, Read2Go has no text
search capabilities. Other features missing from
this release include the absence of a dictionary,
the inability to add notes to text, and no access to
PDF or DAISY-formatted OPF files.
• Students with Bookshare memberships
have direct access to the Bookshare
collections of books, periodical, and
other materials from the Read2Go app.
• Heather and Ryan voices that ship with
Read2Go are of a higher sound quality
than the voices built into Apple’s iOS.
• Settings allow users to enter Bookshare
username and password so the student
doesn’t have to enter this information
manually each time with every