Re: eBook Readers with NVDA


Not yet but my plan is to try to maybe review some of these later on.

Of course weather I will do this before christmas is another thing.

What may happen is that on christmas day or one of those dead days  I will probably do a podcast.

Christmas day is at my place and only in the evening.

So chances are since it is christmas I will not be going to the gym as I usually do on a saturday.

Being its my own personal gym but even so.

Anyway who knows.

I'll note it down.

What I really want is a good ebook converter, ie epub, to htm, text, etc mobi, etc.

Pdf I have plenty of converters but even so I'd like one.

Calibre is a good software package to use but the codex frontend just makes it a lot better.

Its just a pitty no one works on it.

What needs to happen is someone other than me can find the old site james had with the latest compiled version, I'd do it but forget where on wayback I should look and somehow preserve it so at least we can still use that version.

I like codex for its ease of use to convert the books to something else I can read, like text or something.

On 4/12/2021 12:59 am, Ikrami wrote:

Have you tried bookworm? It is a free, open-source, fully accessible and efficient e-book reader designed for the blind by the blind. Check it here:




From: <> On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Friday, December 3, 2021 12:16 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] eBook Readers with NVDA


Thorium Reader is another option:


(It gets a mention in this week's In-Process which is out later today)


On Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 5:13 AM JM Casey <jmcasey@...> wrote:

Edge can probably read epub files with a plugin,b ut not natively. I've tried a few plugins for both chromium and firefox and there seem to be accessibility issues with many of them. I just use various tools to convert to .txt file for the most part. Qread can do this but it scrambles character encoding sometimes, rending things like quotation marks and accents a whole lot of nonsense characters on my braille display.

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From: <> On Behalf Of John Isige
Sent: December 2, 2021 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] eBook Readers with NVDA

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.



Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager


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