Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Tyler Spivey

I don't consider Balabolka an accessible epub reader.
NVDA uses the display model for its edit field, so say all doesn't work. Say all is one of the most important things you can have in a reader.

On 7/7/2019 6:23 AM, Jarek.Krcmar wrote:
Hi David,
if you have installed some voices, you can select , what you want use in Balabolka.
Reading you can start with the key F5 and stop reading with Key F7.
Youcan save Balabolka in the options.
Dne 06.07.2019 v 23:31 David Griffith napsal(a):


I have tried Balabolka with NVDA.

It seems that it is designed to be used with TTS speech engines rather than with NVDA feedback for speech. Say all does not work for example.

I found it worked best with NVDA muted, with sound re-enabled for navigating program controls.

It does work well with some of my IIvona voices for reading.

The one baffling thing is that I cannot seem to retain TTS speech settings after closing Balabolka. So every time I start the app it reverts to Microsoft Hazel and I have to reset all the settings for my Ivona voice.

Does anybody know how to save TTS speech settings in as default in Balabolka? Pressing default in settings simply reverts the TTS settings to thedefault for that voice in terms of rate and pitch etc.

David Griffith

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*From: *Kostadin Kolev <mailto:k.kolev1985@...>
*Sent: *06 July 2019 13:57
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*Subject: *Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA


One small correction. Balabolka does support table of contents. It imports it as "named bookmarks", which can be found in the "Bookmarks" menu or by pressing F2.

Best wishes,
Kostadin Kolev

На 6.7.2019 г. в 15:43, Aman Singer написа:


  The only two programs I know of which support most of Epub's features (tables of contents, notes, links, etc.) on Windows are QRead

and Dolphin's Easy Reader

  QRead is excellent, fast, stable, can open huge files smoothly on very low-power machines, and is basically an amazing application. The author seems to have more or less abandoned it, but I would respectfully suggest it's worth buying for what it is now.

  EasyReader is not as fast or stable, its access to libraries is nice, but it seems to be a package sold to sighted people for blind people to use rather than sold to blind people themselves. I found it unusable generally and gave up on it. Balabolca is really nice but doesn't support, so far as I know, tables of contents at all. I would love to be wrong about this, but it basically makes your epub one long text file. Both Firefox and Edge support opening epubs, though I believe Firefox still needs extensions to do this properly. In any case, I have found that browser support for the files is bad. Navigation is difficult, loading is slow, and some files just don't work. Kurzweil 1000, and I think Openbook, also support Epub, but only as part of their other functions, I wouldn't buy them just for that support. I may say that they're both slower and more unwieldy than QRead for just reading, though obviously they do far more than read. I hope that's of use, and would welcome corrections or additions, it's always good to have many ways of doing things. I am tempted to say that the only really smooth way of reading Epub on Windows is QRead. I wish it weren't so, it's never good to be stuck with one application, particularly when that application has been more or less left and requires online activation, but it's where we are as far as I can see.


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Subject: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.

I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading without jumping through hoops.

Thanks in advance,


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