Premier Assistive Makes Google Books Accessible to Individuals with Print-Related Disabilities

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"Google Books is a great concept for making books available to all individuals. However, when I downloaded a PDF file of the book from Google, I opened it up in Adobe 8 and tried to have it read aloud and Adobe returned a message saying 'page is blank.' This is the problem I have always had since I lost most of my sight," says Dr. Steve Timmer. Dr. Timmer is not alone. According to the National Institute for Literacy (http://www.nifl.gov), nearly 42 million Americans struggle with literacy, and most are not blind. Increasingly, many publications are now created in PDF file format. Virtually all major publishers can deliver their books, magazines, etc. in a PDF format when asked to provide content in an alternative format (vs. traditional hardcopy).

Google Books is a great concept for making books available to all individuals. However, when I downloaded a PDF file of the book from Google, I opened it up in Adobe 8 and tried to have it read aloud and Adobe returned a message saying 'page is blank.' This is the problem I have always had since I lost most of my sight

Premier Assistive Technology's new breakthrough PDF Equalizer can read aloud the PDF Books scanned into Google Books. http://www.books.google.com.

"Google Books is a great concept for making books available to all individuals. However, when I downloaded a PDF file of the book from Google, I opened it up in Adobe 8 and tried to have it read aloud and Adobe returned a message saying 'page is blank.' This is the problem I have always had since I lost most of my sight," says Dr. Steve Timmer.

Dr. Timmer is not alone. According to the National Institute for Literacy (http://www.nifl.gov), nearly 42 million Americans struggle with literacy, and most are not blind. Increasingly, many publications are now created in PDF file format. Virtually all major publishers can deliver their books, magazines, etc. in a PDF format when asked to provide content in an alternative format (vs. traditional hardcopy). Additionally, major companies and institutions worldwide publish a wealth of documentation, research, policies and general communications using a PDF format.

Google's large-scale, proactive initiative to create digital versions of text books is a major contributor to this rapidly expanding universe of digital content. Of course, the primary barrier for using PDF files is that, for the most part, you can only look at them on a screen, just like looking at a hardcopy page. This is a major impediment for anyone with a print-related disability. That is exactly why Premier Assistive Technology developed PDF Equalizer. It is so simple to use. Just download a PDF Book from Google Books, open the book in PDF Equalizer, select the specific text you want to read and it will start reading aloud to you.

PDF Equalizer is a tool that can open and read aloud PDF Files in their original format without any required file conversion. It is designed so that individuals who use electronic documents can have the true "equal access" to those who use the printed version, plus a few extras. PDF Equalizer allows individuals to select and control what is being read aloud as simply as using your mouse to select the text to be read. If listening to audio of the text is beneficial to you, PDF Equalizer can also turn a PDF Document into MP3 files that individuals can listen to on their MP3/MP4 players. PDF Equalizer can convert each PDF page into a separate MP3 file so it is easy to navigate or create a playlist of the pages you want to hear.

PDF Equalizer is a "must have" tool for those who take distant learning classes. The superior note taking capability in PDF Equalizer is unmatched. Notes are automatically synchronized with the PDF page to help keep them organized. At any time, the user can extract all notes into a single Microsoft Word document. If you have too much to read and need to condense the amount of material, use the powerful built-in "content summarization" feature. You can summarize a single topic or an entire book. If you can't find a publication in your native language, don't worry, the translation feature built into PDF Equalizer can translate text on the fly. You can also imbed hyperlinks for direct access to the Internet and there is an integrated dictionary that allows you to immediately lookup definitions.

PDF Equalizer can turn PDF's into more than just content, it makes them true study tools.

For more information about PDF Equalizer and for a free fully functionally demo you can download, go to http://www.readingmadeeasy.com or http://www.readingmadeeasy.ca or call us at 815-927-7390 (U.S.) or 902-482-4680 (Canada).

Premier Assistive Technology
Executive Offices
1309 N. William St.
Joliet, IL 60435
Phone 815-927-7390
Fax 815-722-8802

Premier Assistive Technology - Canada
PO Box 875, STN A
Sydney, NS
B1P 6J4
Phone 902-482-4680
Fax 902-270-5224

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