Re: eBook Readers with NVDA
Edge can read PDF files but it doesn’t read epub.
I’m not recommending this program because I don’t know what other programs are available, but I use balabolka to open epub files. I then select the text and copy it to the clipboard and paste it into Notepad. I want my books as text files.
Reading epub files in balabolka itself may not be a good option. I don’t know about other browsers, but read to end or say all, I believe is the actual term used by NVDA developers, stops at the end of each paragraph. You can have the program read itself, using MSAPI voices but if you don’t have one you like, you won’t be satisfied. Plus, you lose all the screen-reader dictionary entries you have made when using the program to read.
I use QRead myself, but lots of people don't like it because the author
will abandon things for long periods of time. Still, for me, it works
pretty well, I haven't found another program that reads all of the
formats it does. But you do have other options. Edge can read .EPUB
files, I'm pretty sure, and lots of things can read PDFs nowadays, most
browsers for example. If they won't come up as text you'll have to OCR
them with something anyway, in order to read them.
I've never gotten Calibre to do much of anything. Personally I wouldn't
restrict myself to something like the iPhone, not only because I don't
own one, but also because then you're stuck with whatever Apple has.
There are lots of books that aren't in Apple's format.
Another option you didn't mention is Kindle for PC. This is accessible
and works well with NVDA, so much so that I signed up for Kindle
unlimited. There's also Bookshare, and NLS if you're in the US, or
whatever library service you've got in your country, in case you're not
hooked up with something like that.
On 12/2/2021 11:05 AM, David Russell wrote:
> Hello NVDA,
> This post is about eBook accessibility options with NVDA.
> Please comment on which may be the best alternative for one without
> vision, using NVDA to work with an acquired eBook reader?
> 1. QRead, is a pay-for product, designed by a blind user, Chris Toth.
> 2. Calibre Reader, formerly used by the customer service rep at my
> regional Library Service for the Blind. However, she is sighted. She
> could not offer specifics. Her blind colleague has limited experience
> or knowledge concerning this issue.
> 3. Forego the first two options, purchase eBooks from Apple Bookstore
> and read on iPhone.
> 4. Get a paid subscription to use Scribde with NVDA screen reader.
> Previously, I have published and purchased a couple other books on
> SmashWords. However, authors are opting for less readily accessible
> means (Adobe PDF, TXT, or HTML) for one who purchases and read titles.
> More so, formats becoming standard are Moby and or ePub. Hence, this
> requires one to have an eBook reader.
> Thanks for comment(s) in advance.