What reading tools can I use with a switch?

Many of our reading tools are switch-compatible, including Web Reader and Read:OutLoud. Both programs have keyboard shortcuts to start and stop the Text to Speech. We recommend binding your switch to these keys for greater accessibility. In Web Reader, Alt + P starts and stops the TTS, while Ctrl + T controls the audio in Read:OutLoud.

To read a book in Web Reader: 

  1. Using a computer or a Chromebook, open Google Chrome or Safari (Mac only) and log in to Bookshare.* 
  2. Search for a book using the search box at the top of the page. 
  3. After finding a book in the search results, select the Read Now link below the book’s title. 
  4. Once your book has opened, select the Play button (the "speaker" icon in the top right) to start listening to the book.

* Please note that Web Reader is only available to Individual and Organizational Members.

Read:OutLoud is available for both PC (Windows XP and higher) and Mac (OS 10.4 to 10.8) users. Members can download Read:OutLoud through their Bookshare account.

We recommend switch users install Voice Dream Reader (iOS or Android) or Read2Go (iOS) on their mobile devices.