QRead: The Accessible eText reader from the future!
It's no secret that the way that the world consumes books has been changing. EBooks, once a niche market, have absolutely exploded in popularity. There are hundreds of thousands of titles available in various formats these days, ranging from childrens books to textbooks for postsecondary classes. For the blind, this wealth of new material has offered a bit of a mixed blessing. On one hand the amount of new content available to us truely cannot be overstated. But if you have any experience reading books as a blind person, you're surely familiar with some of the problems we face:
- Books are in a variety of formats requiring many different applications to open.
- There is no standard way of keeping your place in a book, especially if your computer crashes!
- Navigation, especially by large amounts is often impractical.
For these and other reasons, I set out to develop QRead, which greatly improves the book reading experience!
- PDF: QRead has industry leading PDF parsing support for extracting text streams from PDF.
- EPub: Easy access to all textual content from an ePub file.
- Bookshare Daisy: Open both zipped and unzipped bookshare Daisy files with support for requesting the bookshare user password.
- Microsoft Office Word 2007 DocX
- Microsoft Compiled HTML Help CHM files
- Plain text files