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  1. Allow tap-to-turn-the-page style of navigation, instead of just scrolling

    When reading visually it's much more physical effort to scroll and more mental effort to make sure you don't scroll too far, etc. The tap-for-next-page-of-text style of navigation that most ebook apps use is useful here.

    Clarification: I think both options should be available, depending on the user's wishes.

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      14 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • add a touch dictionary

      It would be very useful if you built in a touch dictionary allowing the user to touch a word and have the definition pop up. All ages would benefit from this- especially students!

      119 votes
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        1 comment  ·  performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Large Buttons: Improve accesibility for physically disabled

        Make buttons larger or add scanning features

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          1 comment  ·  navigation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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          • offer an option to not read page numbers

            For young kids especially, on shorter books, reading page numbers distracts from the reading experience.

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            • Allow user to change line spacing independently of font size

              I'd also like to be able to adapt the line spacing independently of the font size, eg at 48px landscape mode I can only see about 6 lines on the screen at once but could easily see 10 if the lines were closer together.

              I know that clutter is an issue for some impairments though, and some people just plain don't like lines that are squished together, so different users will need different settings.

              62 votes
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              • Make a setting to keep it from reading the page number for those who do not to hear it.

                Why don't you make a setting to keep it from reading the page number.

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                  3 comments  ·  settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Search within book feature

                  When reading a book it would be great to quickly search for text within the whole book.

                  52 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Highlighting & Annotations

                    Please add the option for users to highlight and create annotations. This may be a luxury for some users; however, it is a necessity for some students. BookShare offers many students who struggle with reading disabilities the opportunity to enhance academic success- please continue to support them in adding more study options inside this app.

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                      4 comments  ·  performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We are evaluating whether to add study tools to Read2Go and are leaning towards encouraging the use of tools by our partners whose expertise lies more in this area, thus allowing us focus our limited resources on raising the playing field for “born accessible” content, where we can have a HUGE impact.

                      Thank you for the idea though! Currently we have one upgrade planned to Read2Go this year and it will be focused primarily on Reading Lists. Stay tuned for that announcement.

                    • include the "reader voices" from the original PC applications with the Read2Go app.

                      My students prefer the "reader voice" selections used in the PC applications, saying they are more natural and fluent sounding than the two included on the app.

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                        13 comments  ·  audio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Yes, Voice Dream Reader is a nice app that integrates with Bookshare using our API, and does offer additional voices as in-app purchases.

                        For you Voice Dream Reader users, are there reasons that you are staying on Read2Go vs. moving over to Voice Dream entirely? Are the additional in-app voices priced correctly on Voice Dream?

                        I also see comments from some members that they would like to be able to re-purpose voices that they have already licensed in other Apps within Read2Go. My understanding is that iOS doesn’t support this concept of cross-app sharing of resources, but if you have examples of other apps that have been able to make use of voices already on your device, we can investigate.

                        We would still love to hear more insights from Read2Go users on which voices and how much you are willing to pay (keeping in mind that we have to…

                      • let users upload their own pdfs. As a grad student i would like to read my textbooks.

                        As it stands I cannot read my own material. I have therefore spent $20 for this app and cannot use it! I am very disappointed as I had high hopes this app would help me.

                        Is there a way to open my own pdf files with your app?

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                          6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add a sleep timer to stop reading

                          Many readers enjoy reading a book before they go to sleep. Having a configurable sleep timer would let users read until they fall asleep without losing their place in their book. Ideally, the app should make a bookmark of some kind when the book stops reading so the user can pick up where they left off the next time they open the book.

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                            2 comments  ·  settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support background playback & nav controls when locked

                            Like the iPod app, the Audible and Stitcher Apps can play while the device is locked, and will stop and start with two-finger double-tap. Also, play resumes after disconnecting from a call. I imagine this could only work with the speech engine and not with voice-over reading. Other than a few reproducable crashes, this is a great first approximation of Bookshare on iOS.

                            26 votes
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                              under review  ·  4 comments  ·  audio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve audio playback controls usability and access

                              This may involve conflicts with voice over or zoom but how about on screen controls for audio without having to accurately tap small target. Many options like two fingers tap to play and stop or right flick one finger for next and two fingers for next section.

                              25 votes
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                                planned  ·  3 comments  ·  audio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve navigation levels and controls for jump/skip behavior

                                I'd like to be able to set the two navigation steps that are available to me with the buttons at the bottom of the screen. I might prefer page and paragraph, someone else might prefer section and chapter.

                                Extra credit for making this a per book setting.

                                Rock on guys, you're doing awesome work here!

                                25 votes
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                                  under review  ·  2 comments  ·  navigation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve memory handling in Read2Go, specifically around VoiceOver usage

                                  1. The text may be displayed on the screen, but vo can't see it. This means that you can't use vo navigation to review the text. This has serious implications: you can't see how something is spelled, you can't use vo speech to read a book, and you can't read a book in braille on a display.
                                  2. As stated in #1, vo can't be used to read the text of a book. While the voices that come with the app do sound good, they take up so much memory that I was advised to close some apps on my…

                                  23 votes
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                                    planned  ·  17 comments  ·  performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add ability to export and import bookmarks and notes

                                    It would be great to be able to export DAISY notes and bookmarks and import them. Then the user could use a PC or Mac-based player along with Read2Go and share notes and bookmarks between the instances of their books. Services such as Amazon Kindle do this already, though, obviously, only between the various Kindle software/hardware.

                                    Perhaps use Dropbox as the intermediary: The user syncs the bookmarks and notes to a dropbox folder and associates her multiple DAISY readers with that folder.

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Offer additional voices in Read2Go

                                      It would be so wonderful if the voices were more human, not so choppy. I don't know how this could be done but it would be a breakthrough for users.

                                      15 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  audio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Another good idea for consideration on a future release; before then, you might play around with the speed of the audio – I find that playing the audio at more than 100% really makes a difference (and my brain keeps up! :-) )

                                      • Create a setting where the user can change the font style. My daughter has trouble distinguishing between certain letters in default font.

                                        I would like to see a setting where the user can change the font style. Some people can't distinguish between letters in default font style.

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                                          1 comment  ·  settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • allow multiple Bookshare members to share a device

                                          My husband, daughter and myself all are qualified bookshare members, but we share an iPad. Enabling multiple users would be very helpful!

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