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EasyReader Premium for Educators Course

3. Downloading a Book with the EasyReader App

Overview

Welcome to the third lesson in the EasyReader Premium for Educators Course.

In this, and the remaining lessons of this course, you will take a closer look at the EasyReader App, check out its key features and discover how synchronisation between devices works.

You will also learn the important keystrokes and gestures that give you the skills to confidently demonstrate the app to others.

In this lesson, you'll be looking at the main interface and going through the steps you follow to find and download your first book.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Accurately explain the options available in the main screen of the EasyReader App.
  • Correctly explain the steps to follow to download a book with the EasyReader App.
  • Accurately state three benefits the EasyReader Premium service provides to students.

This lesson should take no more than twenty minutes to complete.

For the best learning experience, you will require an active Student Login to complete this and all subsequent lessons. You will be asked to follow specific steps and have access to a second device - such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop - that supports EasyReader. If a second device is not available, you can gain a similar experience by removing and re-installing the EasyReader App when prompted.

If necessary, please contact your account administrator for login details. Alternatively, if you have permission to create Student logins on the Dolphin website, we recommend you create a new Student login for training purposes. If no new login allocation is available, please contact Dolphin Computer Access for assistance.

Introduction

In previous lessons, you discovered that EasyReader Premium is a subscription service that builds upon the features and functionality of the EasyReader App.

In this and the remaining lessons, you will turn your attention to the app and learn about its features.

There will be exercises to follow, with each one building upon the previous to increase your knowledge. The exercises are designed to highlight features of the EasyReader App and Premium service in a practical setting.

If you have not yet downloaded and installed the EasyReader App, please do so now, and ensure you sign in with your EasyReader Premium account.

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My Books Screen

After signing in, the first screen you are presented with in the EasyReader App is the 'My Books' screen. From the 'My Books' screen, you can access all the features available in EasyReader.

Below are images of the 'My Books' screen taken from an iOS device, Android device and from a Windows PC. After the images, you will find a brief description of the controls available on each platform.

EasyReader for iOS

Image of the My Books screen on an IOS device

Controls include:

  • Side menu button.
    Located at the top left corner of the screen, the 'Side menu' button gives you access to all the options available in EasyReader. These include finding a new book, opening a newspaper, viewing clipboard text and visiting help and support pages.
  • View button.
    Located at the top towards the right of the screen, the 'View' button lets you choose an alternative way to display your book list.
  • Sort button.
    Located at the top right corner of the screen, the 'Sort' button lets you arrange your book list by title, author or most recently read.
  • Search box.
    Located above the book list. The 'Search' box lets you restrict the number of titles that appear in the book list to just those that match the search criteria you enter.
    Please note that you must clear the search box to view the full list of titles again.
  • Book List.
    Located in the centre of the screen, the book list displays the books you have downloaded. You can tap on a title to open the book or choose the 'Book information' button to learn more about the book. Information includes source, progress and synopsis, as well as an option to remove the book.

EasyReader for Android

Image of My Books screen on an Android device


Controls include:

  • Side menu button.
    Located at the top left corner of the screen, the 'Side Menu' button gives you access to all the options available in EasyReader. These include finding a new book, opening a newspaper, viewing clipboard text and visiting help and support pages.
  • Import a book button.
    Located at the top towards the right of the screen, the 'Import' button lets you copy a document into EasyReader. Supported formats include DAISY audio, Text and DOCX files.
  • Sort button.
    Located at the top right corner of the screen, the "Sort" button lets you arrange your book list by title, author or most recently read.
  • Search box.
    Located above the book list. The Search box lets you restrict the number of titles that appear in the book list to only those that match the search criteria you enter. You must clear the search box to view the full list of titles again.
  • Book list.
    Located in the centre of the screen, the book list displays the books you have downloaded. You can tap on a title to open the book or choose the 'Book Information' button to learn more about the book. You can find out  source, progress and synopsis, and an option to remove the book.

EasyReader for Windows

Image of My Books screen on a Windows device


Controls include:

  • Menu bar.
    Located at the top left of the screen, the menu bar lets you access all the options available in EasyReader. These include opening clipboard text, importing a book, visiting a library and changing the view and sort options. You may favour the menu bar if you prefer to navigate programs using the keyboard rather than the mouse.
  • Side Bar.
    Located on the left side of the screen, the Side Bar lets you select the aspect of the EasyReader App you wish to use. You can also use the menu bar to access the same options. You may prefer to use the Side Bar if you use mouse or touchscreen.
  • Search Box.
    Located above the book list. The Search Box lets you restrict the number of titles that appear in the book list to only those that match the search criteria you enter.
    You must clear the search box to view the full list of titles again.
  • Open Button.
    Located at the top towards the centre of the screen, the 'Open' button lets you copy and convert clipboard text and documents into EasyReader.
    Supported formats include DAISY V3, Text and DOCX files.
  • Sort button.
    Located at the top towards the right of the screen, the 'Sort' button lets you arrange your book list by title, author or most recently read.
  • View button.
    Located at the top towards the right of the screen, the 'View' button lets you choose an alternative way to display your book list.
  • Help Button.
    Located towards the top right corner of the screen, the 'help' button gives you access to the EasyReader help and support webpages.
  • Book List.
    Located in the centre of the screen, the Book List displays the books you have downloaded.
    You can tap, click or press ENTER on a title to open the book.
    You can also perform a right click or press SHIFT + F10 to open the context menu where you will find the 'Book Information' option. Here, you can learn about the book including source, progress and synopsis, as well as an option to remove the book.

As you can tell from the options described above, EasyReader functionality is comparable across the different platforms, while continuing to maintain the standards each platform demands.

Download a Book

With your new understanding of the main screen layout, you can download your first book.

For this exercise you'll be using the Project Gutenberg library.  Project Gutenberg is a charity that provides free access to out-of-copyright texts.

In this exercise, you'll search for 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Please read the steps for each platform, but only follow the steps relating to your primary device.

On an iOS or Android Device

Complete the following steps:

  1. Open EasyReader.
  2. Tap the 'side menu' button at the top left of the screen and then select Project Gutenberg. If Project Gutenberg is not listed, tap the 'Manage Libraries' option and enable Project Gutenberg.
  3. Search for the word 'Jekyll'.
  4. Tap on 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' book cover. Here you will find more information about the book including a synopsis and a download option. The required book has the Gutenberg ID number 43.
  5. Choose the 'download' button to download the book to your device. While the book is downloading, its download progress is displayed. Text-only books will download in a few seconds. Books with audio narration have longer download times and the length of these will depend on the size of the book and your broadband speed.
  6. Once downloaded, the 'Download' button changes to an 'Open' button. Rather than opening the book, let's return to the My Books list.
  7. Tap the 'back' button on the top left corner of the screen. You may need to do this several times as you navigate back through all the screens you opened. When you reach the first screen, the 'Back' button changes to the 'Side Menu' button.
  8. Tap the 'Side Menu' button and choose 'My Books'.

On a Windows PC

Complete the following steps:

  1. Open EasyReader.
  2. Select 'Project Gutenberg' from the Sidebar.
  3. Search for the word 'Jekyll'.
  4. Right click on "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" book cover to open a context menu and choose 'Book Information' to learn more about the book, including a synopsis and a download option.
    The required book has the Gutenberg ID number 43.
  5. Select the 'Download' button to download the book to your computer. When download is complete, you are returned to your search result list, so that you can continue browsing the results.
    You can also select your downloaded book to open it - but, rather than opening the book, let's return to the My Books list.
  6. Choose 'My Books' from the Side bar or select 'My Books' from the 'Go To' menu.

Well done! You downloaded your first book and you are ready to read all about "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".


  • With EasyReader Premium, when you sign into your second device you will find "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" present in your book list, ready for you to download. EasyReader Premium remembers and synchronises the last ten books you download to your device.
  • With EasyReader Premium, the usernames and passwords you use to sign into your libraries are saved and auto-completed when you choose to download the book on your second device. The one exception to this is libraries that use the OAuth authentication protocol. OAuth is an authentication protocol that allows you to approve one application interacting with another on your behalf without giving away your password. If you are downloading a book from a library that uses the OAuth authentication protocol, you must enter your login credentials again to complete the download process. Libraries that use the OAuth authentication protocol include the RNIB Reading Services and Blind Low Vision NZ.

Before you check out the availability of the book on your second device, please finish this lesson and continue on to the next lesson, where you will explore the EasyReader reading options.

Summary

In this lesson you familiarised yourself with the EasyReader main screen, its layout and the options available across different platforms.

You completed steps to download your first book and learnt that any books you download are synchronised across devices with an EasyReader Premium Account.

In the next lesson, you will check out the EasyReader reading options and  learn how to make reading a comfortable and productive experience with EasyReader accessibility features.

Quiz

Below are three sample quiz questions based on this lesson.
Please spend no more than five minutes considering the answers to these questions.

  1. The My Books screen is the first screen that appears after you sign into the EasyReader app. Is this statement true?
  2. You can use the Sort button on the My Books screen to sort your books into genre? Is this statement true?
  3. You use the 'Side Menu' button on an iOS and Android device to open a library from which you can download a book in EasyReader. Is this statement true?

End of Lesson

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But before you move on, here are the answers to the quiz questions:

  1. True.
  2. False.
  3. True.

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