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This tutorial will demonstrate how to read Bookshare books using Read:OutLoud Bookshare
edition on the Windows operating system.
If you have not yet installed Read:OutLoud Bookshare edition to your computer, please
refer to the tutorial “How Do I Download Books in Read:OutLoud for Windows?”
First, launch Read:OutLoud on your computer, either from the start menu or the shortcut
on your desktop.
There are two ways to open books in Read:OutLoud Bookshare edition. You can download books
directly from the built-in browser within the application, or open and read a book already
stored on your computer. For more information on downloading, please refer to the tutorial,
“How Do I Download Books In Read:Outloud For Windows?”
In this example, we will open and read a book that is already stored on the computer. Select
the “e-text” button at the top left of the toolbar and find the book you want to
read. Read:OutLoud will recognize the appropriate file to open.to hear the book, select the
speaker button or select “speak” in the speech menu.
Note that you can choose the voice you want to hear and set other speech settings by selecting
“voice settings” in the speech menu. If you’ve downloaded the high quality acapela
voices that are free for Bookshare members, you will be able to select either of these
from the drop-down menu. They are called “Heather 22k” and “Ryan 22k.” As you select each
one, you will hear an example of the voice to help you decide which one to use.
Please note that these voices can be used only with the Bookshare editions of Read:OutLoud
and victor reader soft. You can download the free Acapela voices from the “reading tools”
page of Bookshare website. If you have not installed the Acapela voices or other commercially
available voices, Read:OutLoud will use the pre-installed voices on your computer. Most
windows operating systems have Microsoft Anna.
You can also adjust the rate, pitch and volume in the “voice settings” dialog box in
the speech menu.
You can change the visual display of your e-text by selecting the dropdown menu next
to “e-text style.” Readers can select the display style they prefer.
Readers can highlight with the green highlighter to capture key ideas and put them in the outline.
The yellow highlighter can be used to capture supporting details.
You and your students can add questions, comments, or ideas in the form of written notes. These
are like paper note cards in an electronic format. To add a note, select the “new note”
button on the menu bar.
After you have edited the book file by adding highlighting or notes, you will need to save
the file. Select the “save” button, or in the “file” menu, select “save”
and select the folder in which you wish to save the file. When you save your work, the
file is saved as a solo student document with the .djs extension. To reopen the file, select
“open” under the “file” menu.
To learn more about other Bookshare topics, visit the Bookshare website, the Bookshare
channel on YouTube, and Bookshare on Facebook.