Users can read our EPUB format on their Apple computers and iOS mobile devices (such as the iPhone) using iBooks. The first set of instructions below are for devices running the macOS, such as Apple computers. The next set of instructions are for devices such as the iPhone or iPad, running iOS. 

Apple Books on macOS 

Download EPUB 

  1. Log in to your account. 

  1. Search for a book using the search box at the top of the page. 

  1. After finding the book in the search results, select EPUB from the download format drop-down menu, then select the Download button. 

  1. You’ll then be taken to your My History page. Select the Available or Downloaded link next to the status of the book to save it to your computer. 

Open Apple Books 

  1. Locate the EPUB file on your computer. Unless you’ve changed your browser settings, books should save to your Downloads folder by default. 

  1. Double-click the file, or select the file and press Command + O, to open it in iBooks. 

  1. To listen to the audio, highlight the text that you’d like to hear. Next, right-click and select More < Start Speaking. To stop the audio, right-click the text and select More < Stop Speaking. You can also start the audio by selecting the Edit menu at the top of the screen, then Speech < Start Speaking. 

Reading Books on iOS 

Devices running iOS include iPhones and iPads. 

Download EPUB 

  1. On the iPad, launch an internet browser and navigate to the library home page, and log in to your account. 

  1. Search for a book using the search box at the top of the page. 

  1. After finding the book in the search results, select EPUB from the download format drop-down menu, then select the Download button. 

  1. You’ll then be taken to your My History page. Select the Available or Downloaded link next to the status of the book to save it to your device. 

  1. Select the Open in Apple Books button to save the EPUB file to Apple Books. 

Open Apple Books 

Once you’ve opened the book in Apple Books, you can use Apple’s built in Text to Speech feature to listen to the book. Before you can use this feature, you’ll need to enable Text to Speech and word-highlighting: 

  1. Go to Settings on your iOS device. 

  1. Select General, then Accessibility. 

  1. Under Accessibility settings, select Speech. 

  1. Under Speech settings, enable Speak Selection, Speak Screen, and Highlight Content.  

Once Text to Speech is enabled: 

  1. Open your book in Apple Books. For best results, please disable Scrolling View in Apple Books settings. 

  1. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to start listening from the top of the page. 

  1. To listen to a particular paragraph, tap and hold on the text to highlight it, then select the Speak button to start the audio. To stop the Text to Speech, select the Pause button. 

 

Download the Volunteer's User Guide and FAQ's

What Book Should I Scan?

You may scan any book you choose, within the following parameters:

  • Check to see if the book is already available in the collection
  • It must be a physical copy of a book that is available in your country
  • It must contain copyright information or Public Domain/Creative Commons documentation
  • It must have a title page
  • Pages must be numbered (unless it is a children’s picture book with 35 pages or less)

What Types of Books are Not Allowed in The Dubai Audiobook Library?

The Dubai Audiobook Library cannot accept:

  • eBooks (even if they have been printed and scanned)
  • standardized tests
  • teacher editions of textbooks

Do I Need My Own Scanner to Scan Books for the Dubai Audiobook Library?

Yes. Volunteers will need access to a scanner and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. The scanner may have built-in OCR software, or the person scanning may have separate OCR software. The Dubai Audiobook Library staff may have scanners available for use by volunteers, Contact Staff if you have questions or need access to a scanner.

 

How Can I Volunteer to Scan or Proofread Books?

It is easy to volunteer for the Dubai Audiobook Library!

 

Scanning:

You can make almost any book accessible if you are willing to scan the file and submit it to The Dubai Audiobook Library. If you have a computer with internet access, a scanner with scan-to-text software, basic computer skills, and a desire to share your love of books, you can get started scanning today!

 

Proofreading:

When books are scanned and converted to text, there are always errors (also called "scannos") that result. Dubai Audiobook Library volunteers detect and correct errors and formatting so that books are usable with a variety of assistive devices--from screen readers to digital braille displays. A computer with internet access, word processing software and an eye for detail are all you need!

 

Sign up

Visit the Dubai Audiobook Library Volunteer Home page where you can connect with the volunteer community and find guidelines and tools to help you get started.

 

When Will My Scanned Book be Proofread?

The time needed for proofreading can vary based upon several factors. Proofreaders are free to choose any book to proofread, just like scanners may choose any book to scan. The time in which your book will be proofread will depend on how well the book is scanned, how long or complicated the book is, and whether or not a proofreader finds the content interesting. You can reduce the time required for proofreading your book by double checking your scan for errors. If your book is especially long or complex, i.e. it contains lots of graphics, or footnotes and endnotes, it may be a bit daunting to a proofreader. If no one selects your book for proofreading after a few weeks, you may want to Contact Staff.

 

When Will My Proofread Book be Added to the Dubai Audiobook Library?

Once you have proofread your book, you must check it in for approval. A staff member or qualified volunteer will review it and either approve it or return it for more editing with notes about what to fix. Your book will typically be reviewed within 7 business days of checking it in, but may take longer depending on the volume of submissions.

 

If your book requires more editing, you will be notified by email. You will need to re-check out the book from the Checkout Queue, make the changes noted, and then check the book back in. Staff will then review your updated book and hopefully approve it to be published in the Dubai Audiobook Library.

 

Do I Have to Proofread a Book I Checked Out?

No – If you have checked out a book and no longer want to proofread it, you are welcome to release it back to the Checkout Queue for someone else to proofread.

 

To release a book, go to "Check In a Book." You can get there by logging in to the Volunteer Home page, clicking the link for Proofread a Book and then clicking on Check in a Book.

 

Once there, find the title you no longer want to proofread and click the "Release" link in the "Action" column.

 

Can I Proofread a Book That I Scanned?

For quality control, we ask that different people scan and proofread each book.

 

How Do I Renew My Book?

Proofreaders have two weeks to proofread a book. At the end of two weeks you will receive an email notification with a few options. At that point, you can either check in the book, or renew it to allow yourself more time for proofing. If no action is taken, the book will automatically be returned to the Checkout Queue for another volunteer to proofread.

 

Note that you can only renew your book at the end of the two-week period and you will only have a limited time to do so (which will be noted in the email). If you click on the link in your notification email and do not see the "Renew" option next to the book's title, please be patient – the link should show up within twenty-four hours.

 

Can I Leave a Note When Scanning a Book?

Yes – we encourage you to leave notes for the proofreader within the text of your scanned book, particularly if there are intentional mis-spellings in the print book. This will prevent the proofreader from correcting a typo that they thought was a result of a scanno. Make sure to do so by writing "Scanner's Note" in brackets though so the proofreader knows what it is!

 

Note: The proofreader must delete these notes before checking in the final file.

 

Example: [Scanner's note: The following pages are paragraphs but the pages are not numbered.]

 

What does "OCR" stand for?

OCR is short for Optical Character Recognition, a technology that enables the conversion of different types of documents, such as scanned books, into editable and searchable text. This allows our books to be converted and read in different accessible formats.

It is possible to adjust the format of our BRF books in multiple ways. They can be formatted for a refreshable braille display or a braille embosser and provided in either contracted or uncontracted braille. 

To adjust your account settings for your BRF preferences: 

  1. Log into your account 

  1. Select the My Account link 

  1. Scroll down to the Download Preferences section 

  1. Select the desired setting on the “BRF Size and Format dropdown box 

  1. Select the desired setting on the Braille Grade dropdown box 

  1. Click “Save 

Books can be downloaded in Microsoft Word and read with any compatible word processing software or reading tool. This is a common, easy-to-use format that allows members to customize the reading to meet their reading needs. Members can do the following with Word:

  • See the text
  • Customize the font size, colors, styles, and more
  • Annotate the text
  • Listen to the text and see it highlighted (using Immersive Reader function)  

 

How to Access Books in Word

Here are the steps for accessing Bookshare books in Word:

  1. Log into your account
  2. Locate a book using the search box
  3. Select the title of the book
  4. Select “Word” from the download format drop down (combo) box, then press the download button
  5. If asked whether you would like to Open or Save the file, please choose Save, then select a location where you can easily find it.
  6. The file is zipped, so you may need to extract it, typically by double-clicking the file icon

Once the file has been extracted, you can open it with Microsoft Word or any compatible word processing software or reading tool.

To download BRF files using a computer or Braille note-taker, please follow the steps below. Please note that these steps do not work when using a tablet or smartphone to download BRF files.

  1. Log into your account

  2. Locate a book using the search box

  3. Select the title of the book

  4. Select BRF from the download format drop down (combo) box, then press the download button

  5. If asked whether you would like to Open or Save the file, please choose Save, then select a location where you can easily find it

Note: Most web browsers save files to the Downloads folder by default.

 

There are multiple ways to listen to books. You may want to look at the Reading Tools page first to know how you may be reading a book. 

  • iOS or Android Apps
    • If you use a reading tool that can voice the text of a book, such as Dolphin’s EasyReader, you can find the book, open it and listen to it directly on that reading tool
  • Apple Books
    • If you are accustomed to reading using Apple Books, then download the book in EPUB and open it in Apple Books, which offers a read aloud function
  • Microsoft Word or Edge Browser:
    • If you use Word,  then download the book in DOCX and open it in Word, which has an Immersive Reader option that reads aloud
    • If you use the Edge browser, then download the book in EPUB, and open it in your browser, which has an Immersive Reader option that reads aloud
  • Audio Players (DAISY Audio or MP3)
    • If you use a player that requires either a DAISY audio or MP3 file, you will need to find and download the book from this website as an Audio file. Then you will move the file to the player to open and listen to it being played.
    • The majority of the books available in Audio are produced by a “Text-to-Speech” (TTS) engine that uses computerized voices. This TTS engine can produce only English and Spanish-language books now, but more languages are coming.
    • In addition to more TTS languages, the Library will be adding human-narrated books in the future.

You can type a word or phrase into the search box at the top of library home page.  Our powerful full text search capability searches in the titles, author name, and contents of all books in the library. 

You can then filter the search results further to limit the number of books you see in the list.

 

DAISY and BRF are digital formats for accessible materials (DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information System, and BRF stands for Braille Ready Format).

  • DAISY formatted books can be read as audio only or they can be read with audio and synchronized word highlighting at the same time. If you want audio only, you can choose our DAISY Audio download format. If you would like to hear the book and have the words highlighted onscreen, choose either our DAISY text or DAISY with images format. You will need software or a mobile application that can read these files.
  • BRF is a digital braille file that can be read with a refreshable braille display device and other assistive technology software. You can choose whether you want contracted or uncontracted braille in your account preferences.

For more information about software that will read our books, go here: Reading Tools.

Go here: Forgot Password and enter your email address. You will be emailed a link to create a new password.

Find a Book

Go to the Search box at the top of the home page for the library. Type a word or phrase that contains the title, the author, or keywords from the book into the search box. Our powerful search engine will check the titles, author names, and the contents of all books in the library.

Download the Book

Once you find a book you like, you are ready to download it and read it!

Read the Book

The most popular ways to read our books are: audio only, in braille on a refreshable braille device, or with synchronized audio and word highlighting.

 

  • Audio, used by people who are blind, or in situations where viewing the text version is not possible

  • Audio and Text Highlighting, especially helpful for people with learning differences like dyslexia or eye-tracking issues

  • Braille, such as on a refreshable braille device, or embossed.

Sometimes the scanner will translate dust or stains on a page to strings of gibberish at the beginning or end of a page. These should be deleted.

 

Example:

*

Different groups of people live in Tennessee. Some were born in Tennessee…

"'4/ . > _     /

*

Everything after "Some were born in Tennessee..." is garbage and should be deleted.

 

If you are unsure whether something is a scanning error, please refer to the original book if possible.

Please use the following font and style:

Title: 20 point and bold

 

Sections, Books, or Parts: 18 point and bold

 

Chapters: 16 point and bold

 

Subchapters or Subsections: 14 point and bold

 

Body Text: 12 point (not bold)

 

Make sure there are no partially bolded or italicized words. Every letter in a word should be either all bolded, all italicized, or all normal.

   Example: “Bold” should be “Bold

Sometimes the scanner can cause incorrect bolding and italics, such as if a book is pressed down too hard on the scanner.

   Example:

  • Incorrect: Today it was "sit" and "roll over," all day long.
  • Correct: Today it was "sit" and "roll over," all day long.

General rules to follow:

  • If you wouldn’t emphasize a word when speaking aloud, it probably should not be in bold or italics
  • If bolding or italics appear partway through a sentence, it most likely should be removed
  • Whole pages should almost never be entirely in bold or italics

Please change all bullets to asterisks (*). Otherwise, all bullets will be removed during conversion

             

Example:

       *   (this is an asterisk)

  • (this is a bullet)

If the book that you are scanning contains images, and you have the interest and ability to describe them, please follow these instructions:

  • Insert the description where the image is in the text, in square brackets: [  ]
  • If the image is set in the middle of a sentence or paragraph, move the description immediately after the sentence or paragraph
  • Proceed the description with the word "Image"
    • If a more descriptive word is appropriate (i.e., “map”, “illustration”, “diagram”…), use that instead
  • Write in complete sentences and use correct grammar
  • Be objective; show rather than tell

Non-objective Example: [Image: A boy pounds his fists, jumps with excitement, and shrieks happily.], write:

Objective Example: [Image: A boy jumps into the air with his hands balled into fists overhead. He is smiling with an open mouth.]

  • Keep it concise
    • Do not duplicate information in the text
    • If the image is already described in the text, simply write: [Image described in text]
  • Consider your audience
    • Is the book for young children? Use age-appropriate vocabulary. Is it an advanced science book? Use more complex words than you might for a kids’ book
    • Read the text around the picture for context
    • Don’t introduce new concepts

Example 1: [Image: A large brown cow is standing in a green field in front of a red wooden barn.]

Example 2: [Image: Mohammed sits in a bed with blue sheets in front of a window with yellow curtains. He has a red ice pack on his head, a thermometer in his mouth. On the foot of the bed is a clip board that says “Patient: Mohammed al Majid, Diagnosis: Hypochondriac”.]

The presence of a footnote or endnote is generally indicated in the text of the book with a number.  However, they may also be indicated by one of the following:  asterisk (*), dagger (†), double dagger (††), or number. These characters require special formatting, as follows:

  • Replace daggers (†) with a double asterisk (**)
  • Replace double daggers (††) with a triple asterisk (***)

For footnotes or endnotes that appear as numbers in the text:

  • Leave numbers as is – do not replace with asterisks
  • Make sure there is a space before and after the number or asterisk in the text
  • Numbers can be superscripted or subscripted. Keep whichever is in the original text.

Example: superscript ⁴ , subscript ₁

 

Footnotes are located at the bottom of a page.

  • Place the footnote information at the bottom of the page in square brackets
  • Both the information and the corresponding number or asterisk should be inside the brackets

Example 1: [1. Library of Alexandria]

Example 2: [** Library of Congress]

 

Endnotes are located at the end of the chapter, or the end of the book, rather than at the bottom of a page

  • Treat the endnote heading as a chapter heading (16 point and bold)
  • Do not use tabs to format, just single spaces

 

The converter will delete tabs, so please replace any tabs with spaces in a Table of Contents.

 

[Link to Sample Book]

The copyright page is typically found at the front of a book before the text. It includes copyright date, copyright holder, etc.

 

Example:

 

For Tracy Mack, Brilliant Editor;

 

David Saylor, Impeccable Designer; and Earl and Ali, Dogs of Genius

 

Copyright 2002 by Mark Teague

 

All rights reserved. Published by Scholastic Press, a division of Scholastic Inc., Publishers since 1920. scholastic and scholastic press and associated logos are trade­marks and/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc.

 

No part of this publication may be reproduced, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, record­ing, or otherwise, without written permission of the publisher. For information regard­ing permission, write to Scholastic Inc., Attention: Permissions Department, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.

 

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Teague, Mark

 

Dear Mrs. Larue: letters from obedience school / written and illustrated by Mark Teague.        p. cm.

 

Summary: Gertrude LaRue receives funny typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog, Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home. ISBN 0-439-20663-4

 

[1. Dogs—Fiction. 2. Dogs—Training—Fiction. 3. Pets—Fiction. 4. Letters—Fiction. 5. Humorous stories.] I. Title.    PZ7.T2193825 De 2002    [E]—dc21     2001043479

 

10 9 8 7 6 5  03 04 05 06

Copyright information, which includes Creative Commons or Public Domain, must be included in every book to ensure compliance with local copyright law. If the book has no copyright information or no Creative Commons/Public Domain documentation, please reject the book.

 

Our conversion process removes blank lines so be extra careful when formatting poetry.

Use one asterisk to denote large spaces in the text or text separated by one single decorative character.

Repetitive text must also be separated by three asterisks (* * *) or all but the first instance will be removed. Make sure to include a space between each asterisk. [Link: When to Use Asterisks]

 

Proofed Example:

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake

*

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep, * * *

And miles to go before I sleep

 

 

If the book is under 35 pages, page numbers are not required unless they are already in the book.

Never repaginate the text.

 

Longer books can become difficult to navigate with a screen reader if there are no page numbers. If the book is over 35 pages, please Contact Staff.

 

Repetitive text must be bracketed by three asterisks (* * *) or all but the first instance will be removed. Make sure to include a space between each asterisk. (The converter automatically removes repetitive running headers and footers, which sometimes catches intentional repetition as well!)

 

Unproofed Example:

"Come inside, Mr. Bird," said the mouse.

"I'll show you what there is in a People House...

[page break]

"Come inside, Mr. Rabbit, said the mouse.

"I'll show you what there is in a People House...

Proofed Example:

"Come inside, Mr. Bird," said the mouse.

"I'll show you what there is in a People House...

* * *

[page break]

"Come inside, Mr. Rabbit,” said the mouse.

"I'll show you what there is in a People House...

* * *

 

We welcome you to include image descriptions. Describing images in a book helps advance the accessibility of the collection and significantly improves the learning experience for members with visual disabilities.

  • Image descriptions should be written in complete sentences and placed in square brackets
  • Make sure all images are deleted from the final file
  • Please review any image descriptions for accuracy
  • Check out more detailed instructions: Describing Images. Describing Images.

Please keep all blank pages, and note that they are blank by writing "blank page" in square brackets. By keeping the blank pages, you avoid throwing off the page numbering, while also reassuring the reader that no information is missing.

 

Example:

[Blank Page]

Asterisks should be used to show a break in the text. In the original text, this break may be indicated by a design element, a small graphic, bullet point, or a large blank space. These elements are ignored by the converter, so they need to be replaced with an asterisk.

 

Unproofed Example:

Maryam was curled up on her sofa by nine.

[blank line]

"I want a double shot espresso," Rashid told the clerk.

 

Proofed Example:

Maryam was curled up on her sofa by nine.

*

"I want a double shot espresso," Rashid told the clerk.

Sometimes in a print book, a word will be split between two pages, connected with a hyphen. If this happens, merge the two halves of the word together, and place the now-whole word at the end of the first page, along with any punctuation immediately following it.

Example:

   The boy walked through a dark, forbidding forest. He could hear all sorts of ani-

   ---------------------page break-----------------

   mals around him but he couldn't see any.

 

What it should look like after it has been proofread:

   The boy walked through a dark, forbidding forest. He could hear all sorts of animals

   ---------------------page break-----------------

   around him but he couldn't see any.

 

Please remove all images before submitting your scanned book. The image resolution in these scans are too low quality to be of use to our blind and low vision members.

When scanning, please adjust the scanner settings so that you retain page breaks, but not line breaks. There should be a check box for each.

 

When proofreading, make sure that all page breaks are hard page breaks. A soft page break is an automatic page break that is created when the text reaches the end of a page.

 

Hard page breaks appear either as a dotted or solid blue line with the words "Page Break" in the middle of the dots or line. (In Microsoft Word for PC, click where you want to start the new page. On the Insert tab, in the Pages group, click Page Break. In MS Word for Mac, click the place where you want to insert a new page break, go to "Insert" at the top of your screen and select "Break" and then "Page Break")

 

A dotted line WITHOUT the word "page break" (Example: .......................) is a "soft" break and can be ignored.

 

Example:

Example of a scanned document that has a dotted line and the words "Page Break" at the place where the printed book would have had a page change

Remember that blank pages must be retained and should be indicated by typing: [Blank Page].

When volunteering as a scanner, make sure to scan the title page. When proofreading, make sure the title page is present. If the book has no title page, the book must be rejected.

Example of information you might find on a title page:

Dear Mrs. LaRue

Letters from Obedience School

Written and Illustrated by

Mark Teague

Scholastic Press * New York

DAISY is a file format that offers synchronized audio and word highlighting.  It is also allows you to save book files to your computer or device. You will need a DAISY reader to read a DAISY book and each reader may provide a slightly different experience.

All of our books are also available in the MP3 file format. Please note that mp3 files are audio only, so you will not be able to view any text. MP3 files can be listened to using standard MP3 playing software like iTunes or Windows Media Player, or can be transferred onto any MP3 playing device.

This page is awaiting information from Lisa or Homiyar (?) as to which reading tools are going to be suggested for use in the UAE. We will be basing the logic tree on the Reading Tools Wizard in Bookshare: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/reading-tool-wizard

DAISY audio has navigation features built-in that allow you to more easily move to certain parts of the file. The file includes MP3 tracks as well as the navigation feature. DAISY Audio is best suited for devices or software that are designed to take advantage of assistive technology.

Our MP3 audio files can be played in a wide variety of software and hardware.

Note that nearly all of our audio uses computerized voices. There are currently very few human narrated audio files in the Library, but they will be added over time.

Each web browser and software program may save your books in different locations. For Windows computers, check your downloads folder or your documents folder first.

If you do not find the file there, you can also search your computer for the downloaded book. The filename will be the first few words of the title of the book with underscores replacing spaces.

You can search your computer by clicking the start button and selecting search on a Windows computer (or by pressing control and shift on a Mac). If you are still unable to locate the book, you are welcome to contact customer service or try downloading the book again.