Aug 26

Books from Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic Are Now Accessible on the Intel Reader

Posted by Soliloquy in Accessible Book News

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D®), the nation’s largest provider of educational audio textbooks, announced that its more than 270,000 members can now use the Intel® Reader to access and enjoy its entire collection of DAISY-formatted audiobooks.

The Intel Reader captures images of printed text, converts the text into speech, and now also plays RFB&D DAISY-formatted audio for people with a reading-based learning disability or visual impairment. “Intel Reader is another terrific addition to our assistive technology portfolio,” says Peter Beran, Senior Vice President, Information Technology for RFB&D. “With so many of our members expressing interest in developments like this, we’re pleased to offer yet another means for them to access and efficiently navigate our downloadable content.”

Getting started with the Intel Reader is easy for RFB&D members. They can simply log into their online accounts on the RFB&D website to obtain a free User Authorization Key (UAK), install it on the device, and download their DAISY audiobooks. The content can then be transferred to the Intel Reader and listened to anytime, anywhere. The device stores members’ third-party content access keys for their convenience. For more information on the RFB&D UAK process, visit http://www.rfbd.org/intelreader/.

Users will also need to download the Intel Reader 1.0.1 software upgrade to enable their device to access RFB&D content. The upgrade and instructions on how to install it is available at http://reader.intel.com.

“Through personal experience and our work with organizations such as RFB&D, we know that individuals with learning differences thrive on choice,” says Ben Foss, director of Access Technology at Intel. “We’re proud to help RFB&D members enhance their educational success and quality of life by enabling users of the Intel Reader to have effective access to their reading materials.”

About the Intel® Reader
The Intel Reader transforms printed text to the spoken word. It combines a high-resolution camera with the power of an Intel® Atom™ processor. Read on the spot, or store text for later listening. Easy-to-use buttons, audio and visual navigation, and straightforward menus keep things simple. Weighing just over a pound and about the size of a paperback book, the mobile Intel Reader can be used at school, work, home, or on the go. The Intel Reader is the result of the real-life experiences, coupled with decades of technology innovation and Intel’s commitment to proactive healthcare and wellness. Find out more about the Intel Reader at http://reader.intel.com

About Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®
Founded in 1948, RFB&D serves more than 270,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disability. RFB&D’s collection of more than 61,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, various assistive technology devices, and CD – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,400 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the books, which students rely on to achieve educational success and entry into the workforce. RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit www.rfbd.org.

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