Inclusive reading on e-readers, 
tablets and phones 
Dominik Lukeš, Education & Technology Specialist 
dlukes@dyslexiaacti...
Research based on work 
on these two projects: 
Load2Learn.org.uk 
iLearnRW.eu
eReaders vs Tablets 
Which tablet 
What apps 
Where to get books 
How to read accessibly
eReaders v Tablets
eReader Tablet
eReader Tablet 
Single purpose 
No-glare screen 
Long battery life 
Limited customisation 
No apps 
No multimedia 
Cheaper...
eReader Tablet 
Kindle Paperwhite 
Kindle 
Kobo Glo 
Kobo Touch 
Nook GlowLight 
Nook Simple 
iRiver Story 
Kindle Fire (H...
Why read on an 
eReader or Tablet?
Customisation (Font size, type, 
colour, etc.) 
Easier to get and carry books 
Chunking (less threatening to read) 
Additi...
There is some research to indicate 
that reading text in very small 
chunks is beneficial for dyslexic 
readers with proce...
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
Buy books in app 
Only read purchased 
books 
1
Google Play Books Apple iBooks
Read any book 
Limits with DRM 
No books purchased on 
Amazon 
2
FB Reader 
Moon+ Reader 
Cool Reader 
Overdrive 
Bluefire Reader
Bookshare 
Reader 
IDEAL Group 
Reader 
Dyslektz Reader 
Specialist accessible reader apps
Speed Reader ReadQuick 
Speed reading apps 
Auto Reader 3D Accelleread
EZ PDF Readability 
Reading PDFs and news 
Feedly 
Pocket 
iAnnotate PDF
Calibre
Calibre-eBook.com 
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
Watch this space … 
…and iLearnRW.eu
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
FanFiction.net 
Fiction by fans of TV, Film, Books 
Excelent to poor 
Encourages engagement and writing 
Parental guidance...
Thank you 
dlukes@dyslexiaaction.org.uk 
@techczech 
slidesha.re/go-eread
DyslexiaAction.org.uk/tags/tech-thursday
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy
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This presentation was delivered to EICE 2014 (http://educationinnovation.co.uk) and later as an updated webinar in December 2014.

Watch the recorded presentation here: http://youtu.be/McBuVj3RuCA.

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.

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  • The apps available depend on the system you’re using.
  • Google Play Books also available on iOS but not vice versa
  • Many more free alternatives on Android
  • Many more free alternatives on Android
  • Many more free alternatives on Android
  • Many more free alternatives on Android
  • Some screenshots from FB reader and Moon+ reader
  • Reading on e readers, tablets and phones: Hardware and software for inclusive literacy

    1. 1. Inclusive reading on e-readers, tablets and phones Dominik Lukeš, Education & Technology Specialist dlukes@dyslexiaaction.org.uk, @techczech, slidesha.re/go-eread
    2. 2. Research based on work on these two projects: Load2Learn.org.uk iLearnRW.eu
    3. 3. eReaders vs Tablets Which tablet What apps Where to get books How to read accessibly
    4. 4. eReaders v Tablets
    5. 5. eReader Tablet
    6. 6. eReader Tablet Single purpose No-glare screen Long battery life Limited customisation No apps No multimedia Cheaper Multi-purpose Glary screen Short(er) battery life Customisation Thousands of apps Audio, video, web cam (More) expensive
    7. 7. eReader Tablet Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Kobo Glo Kobo Touch Nook GlowLight Nook Simple iRiver Story Kindle Fire (HD, etc.) Nexus 7 Samsung Tab 7, 8, 10 Asus, Lenovo, Acer, ... iPad Mini, iPad Tesco Hudle Phones
    8. 8. Why read on an eReader or Tablet?
    9. 9. Customisation (Font size, type, colour, etc.) Easier to get and carry books Chunking (less threatening to read) Additional support (Dictionary, Wikipedia, etc.)
    10. 10. 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.
    11. 11. Ideal tablet for reading?
    12. 12. 7-8 inch screen £90-£199 (or iPad Mini or Galaxy Note 8)
    13. 13. What apps?
    14. 14. CC-BY Some rights reserved by 'Ajnagraphy'
    15. 15. Two types of reading apps 1 Tied in to store 2 Independent
    16. 16. Buy books in app Only read purchased books 1
    17. 17. Google Play Books Apple iBooks
    18. 18. Read any book Limits with DRM No books purchased on Amazon 2
    19. 19. FB Reader Moon+ Reader Cool Reader Overdrive Bluefire Reader
    20. 20. Bookshare Reader IDEAL Group Reader Dyslektz Reader Specialist accessible reader apps
    21. 21. Speed Reader ReadQuick Speed reading apps Auto Reader 3D Accelleread
    22. 22. EZ PDF Readability Reading PDFs and news Feedly Pocket iAnnotate PDF
    23. 23. Calibre
    24. 24. Calibre-eBook.com Free e-book manager Copy e-books to device PC and Mac
    25. 25. Ideal reader app
    26. 26. Full font/colour customisation Text to speech Library with tie in to online repositories
    27. 27. Research in reader interfaces
    28. 28. Watch this space … …and iLearnRW.eu
    29. 29. Where do you get books
    30. 30. Tied to one account Only readable on Amazon apps / devices Limited customisation Limited ownership
    31. 31. Repositories of free ebooks Out of copyright Free originals Mixed with paid books Plugins for some readers
    32. 32. Selected local libraries Copy-protection Also readable in Aldiko (Pro version only)
    33. 33. UK Curriculum textbooks Free for schools to sign up For print-disabled users only
    34. 34. FanFiction.net Fiction by fans of TV, Film, Books Excelent to poor Encourages engagement and writing Parental guidance (some adult content)
    35. 35. Thank you dlukes@dyslexiaaction.org.uk @techczech slidesha.re/go-eread
    36. 36. DyslexiaAction.org.uk/tags/tech-thursday

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