Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy

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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: bohemicus



This presentation was delivered to EICE 2014 (

The benefits of using an e-reader go far beyond mere convenience of not having to carry bulky volumes. An e-ink device like the Kindle, a tablet or even just a smartphone, all of these are making a huge difference to many struggling readers. They do it by allowing customisation of the way text is displayed, making it possible to listen while reading or even instead of reading, and not least importantly how much is in front of the reader's eyes at any one moment.

This session will provide a survey of the latest hardware, software as well as the best sources of accessible documents. We will cover the pros and cons of different types of screens, best reading software for the iPad and Android tablets, and best ways of getting your e-books from anywhere onto your device. Finally, we will address ways of making the most out of an e-reading device in the school environment.

Parts of this session were developed for the Load2Learn project and parts during the iLearnRW project.

Inclusive reading on e-readers, tablets and phones Dominik Lukeš, Education & Technology Specialist, @techczech Research based on work on these two projects:

eReaders vs Tablets Which tablet What apps Where to get books How to read accessibly

eReaders v Tablets

eReader Tablet

eReader Single purpose No-glare screen Long battery life Limited customisation No apps No multimedia Cheaper Tablet Multi-purpose Glary screen Short(er) battery life Customisation Thousands of apps Audio, video, web cam (More) expensive

eReader Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Kobo Glo Kobo Touch Nook GlowLight Nook Simple iRiver Story Tablet Kindle Fire (HD, etc.) Nexus 7 Samsung Tab 7, 8, 10 Asus, Lenovo, iPad Mini, iPad Tesco Hudle Phones

Why read on an eReader or Tablet?

Customisation (Font size, type, colour, etc.) Easier to get and carry books Chunking (less threatening to read) Additional support (Dictionary, Wikipedia, etc.)

There is some research to indicate that reading text in very small chunks is beneficial for dyslexic readers with processing difficulties. For these readers, even reading on a phone would be beneficial.

Ideal tablet for reading?

7-8 inch screen £90-£199 (or iPad Mini or Galaxy Note 8)

What apps?

CC-BY Some rights reserved by 'Ajnagraphy'

Two types of reading apps 1 Tied in to store 2 Independent

1 Buy books in app Only read purchased books

Google Play Books Apple iBooks

Read any book Limits with DRM No books purchased on Amazon 2

Bluefire Reader Overdrive FB Reader Moon+ Reader Goodreads Cool Reader

Dyslektz Reader Bookshare Reader IDEAL Group Reader Specialist accessible reader apps

Speed Reader Auto Reader 3D ReadQuick Speed reading apps Accelleread

Feedly EZ PDF EZ PDF Pocket RepliGO Readability iAnnotate PDF Reading PDFs and news

Calibre Free e-book manager Copy e-books to device PC and Mac

Ideal reader app

Full font/colour customisation Text to speech Library with tie in to online repositories

Research in reader interfaces

Where do you get books

Tied to one account Only readable on Amazon apps / devices Limited customisation Limited ownership

Repositories of free ebooks Out of copyright Free originals Mixed with paid books Plugins for some readers

Selected local libraries Copy-protection Also readable in Aldiko (Pro version only)

UK Curriculum textbooks Free for schools to sign up For print-disabled users only Fiction by fans of TV, Film, Books Excelent to poor Encourages engagement and writing Parental guidance (some adult content)

Thank you @techczech

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