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Read2Go is an accessible ebook reader that makes reading Bookshare titles easy.
Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities with over 345,000 titles. For questions on whether Bookshare is for right for you or for someone you know with a qualifying print disability, please refer to www.bookshare.org. The Help Center on the Bookshare site offers assistance in preparing your membership and in using this app or other ebook readers with Bookshare.
From within Read2Go, you can browse, search, download, and read books directly from Bookshare using your Bookshare membership, as well as read DAISY books from other sources. The app gives you full control over visual choices for font size and color, background and highlighting color, and text-to-speech preferences. Read2Go features word-by-word highlighting for multi-modal reading.
“I'm a high school student with dyslexia and find Bookshare essential to help me read all of my school books. With Read2Go I can download a book and start reading it in seconds. I don't stick out in class because people are familiar with iPods.” - 15-year old student
“The Read2Go app is beautiful in its simplicity. The navigation tools allow even young students to use it effortlessly. The highlighted text-to-speech provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals with print disabilities to increase word recognition and improve fluency. Bravo Bookshare for making a complex process appear seamless and effortless, a true mark of excellence.” – Parent of child with a print disability.
“I now rely solely on Read2Go for daily reading of the NY Times and my local papers. While waiting on the BART train concourse, commuting to work, flying from Oakland to Los Angeles and to the east coast, Read2Go grants me instant access and ease of use to capture and read many books and publications.” – Adult with a print disability.
• Access the Bookshare collection directly from the app
• Browse, search and download books quickly and easily, including those with images
• Read words on the screen with synchronized text-to-speech (Read2Go audio on)
• Read with highly natural Acapela voices and navigate with VoiceOver gestures (Read2Go audio on, VoiceOver on)
• Read with Apple VoiceOver gestures and voice (VoiceOver on, Read2Go audio off)
• Read with many choices of font size, color and backgrounds, and no voices (Read2Go and VoiceOver off)
• Read with Braille displays connected via Bluetooth
• Save books into Read2Go so you can read anywhere
• Adjust font size up to 70 pts
• Adjust text-to-speech audio, either on or off for text-only or text-to-speech mode
• Adjust rate of audio
• View Table of Contents
• Set bookmarks
• Read from where you left off (auto-resume reading position)
• Support for all 6 levels of DAISY navigation built in to structure of book
• Supports DAISY 3.0 and 2.02
• Supports use of iTunes to transfer of non-Bookshare DAISY books to your device
• Supports “Open In Read2Go” for easy access to your books from the Bookshare website
• Educational institutions wishing to purchase 20 licenses or more can get a discount through the Apple Volume Licensing Program for Education
What's New in Version 1.1.0
Read2Go (version 1.1.0) has been updated to work better with iOS 8. Here’s what’s new:
Updated buttons - Bookshelf is now titled “My Books,” and Search is now
Images set to ON - the “Show Images” default setting is set to ON, allowing you to access books with images
Download from results - you can now download books directly from the search results page; it will also indicate if you already have downloaded a book
Download queue - books that need to be packaged, like books with images, will be placed into a download queue, making it easier to access when the download is complete
- Text automatically scrolls as books are read aloud
- Slider bars are displayed in Audio and Visual settings
I wonder if the people who developed this app actually use it!
This app is still terrible! I will list a few things here that do not work or do not work well in this app. Reading a synopsis of the book requires two steps, you have to tap on the book title, then you tap book details, then when you tap back to get back to the booklist, it starts you back at the top of the book list. browsing through book categories starts you at the very first books added, so every time you go into a category to browse you start with the books that were added in 2001. The app does not have a category for the New York Times bestseller list, unbelievable. I have also recently discovered that when you tap on the latest books category you can only browse through the first 100, there is no way to load the next set of books. I have my account set to display 100 results, if you've chosen a different amount you probably only get to see 20. I hate this app! They do not seem to care if the users are satisfied with the performance, every time I have contacted them in the past I have never gotten any results whatsoever.
Bugs and horrible app layout
I do believe I'd rather be stung repeatedly by wasps then have to continue trying to read a book with this app. It would be less painful. Let me share one problem. If I'm reading on page 138 for example, I try to scroll to the next page and it sends me back up to the same page, I scroll down again, try to get to page 139, it sends me back to 138 again. Each page requires me to try several times to get to the next page and it sometimes works, sometimes doesn't . I'm so tired of trying to read the same page. Please address this ASAP. To have a toddler scream in my ear for an hour is less frustrating .
In need of Updating
This app is great if you have a Bookshare account, but there are several needs for it to be updated. First of all, they need to fix a scrolling problem. You start reading, when suddenly it jumps you to a random part of the book. And then you need to find your place and restart the app frequently. They also need to fix a spelling issue. If it was half the price, I wouldn't mind as much, but when it's $20 to download it, then it needs a critical update, if it is going to be worth the money.