blind_html [Fwd: BAH Press Release: HumanWare and ReadHowYouWant JoinForces to Bring Books to Visually Impaired Readers]

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Subject: BAH Press Release: HumanWare and ReadHowYouWant JoinForces to Bring Books to Visually Impaired Readers
Date:   Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:14:04 -0400
From:   Lisa <whitedove621@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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> HumanWare and ReadHowYouWant Join Forces to Bring Books to Visually
> Impaired Readers
> [This announcement is displayed in text only for accessibility with
> Braille
> Notetakers. A web version is available at:
> <>
> ]
> Longueuil, Quebec, March 10, 2009 -- HumanWare, the leader in assistive
> technologies for people with print disability, and digital publishing
> innovator ReadHowYouWant are partnering to help visually impaired readers
> discover the book reading device, and the format that's right for their
> reading needs.
> ReadHowYouWant offers thousands of books in accessible formats, including
> 24
> pt. large print, braille, and DAISY files at
> .
> HumanWare provides playback devices for readers who are blind or have low
> vision to use with braille and DAISY files at
> . "From the
> moment it appeared on the market, the Victor Reader Stream has proven
> itself
> to be the greatest portable DAISY book reading device ever. Today we are
> proud to team up with Read How You Want. We invite all readers to take a
> look at the selection of books they have to offer. Reading should always
> be
> an enjoyable experience. We hope that our customers will regularly visit
> our
> new website where they will be able to check out new DAISY book releases.
> Pass the word around!" says HumanWare CEO Gilles Pepin.
> Beginning in April, readers will be able to go to the HumanWare website to > download free, first chapters of 20 bestselling ReadHowYouWant titles each
> month as part of the "Free Chapter Download Program." The free, first
> chapters come from popular books from a variety of well-known publishers
> of
> adult and young adult books, including Wiley, Random House Australia,
> Murdoch Books, and Weekly Reader. The first month's selected titles will
> include such best sellers as, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World
> Library), "Praise Song for the Day," the inauguration poem by Elizabeth
> Alexander (Graywolf Press), and Leadership and Self-Deception by the
> Arbinger Institute (Berrett-Kohler), as well as children's and young adult
> titles to include, How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger by Marjorie
> Lisovskis
> and Elizabeth Verdick (Free Spirit Publishing), and Extreme Habitats:
> Mountain Survival by Susie Hodge (Weekly Reader). After enjoying the
> complimentary first chapter, readers may visit ReadHowYouWant's website at
> to purchase the entire file.
> ReadHowYouWant will be demoing HumanWare's devices at book industry events
> such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and Book Expo
> America. Similarly, HumanWare will present braille and DAISY files from
> ReadHowYouWant's collection on their players at technology industry shows,
> including CSUN and ATIA (Assistive Technologies Industry Association)
> conferences.
> ReadHowYouWant produces Grade 2 contracted braille files, and has
> developed
> a house style that supports automated transcription while maintaining
> accuracy. These files may be read with a refreshable electronic braille
> display such as the Humanware Braillenote or Brailliant or embossed to
> make
> traditional braille books. Words are not split at line ends to make
> reading
> easier, particularly for newer braille readers.
> About HumanWare
> HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technologies for vision,
> including products for the blind and visually impaired. HumanWare's
> products
> include BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for blind people in
> education, in business and in their personal lives; the Victor Reader
> product line, the world's leading digital talking book players; and
> myReader2, the new version of HumanWare's unique "auto-reader" for people
> with low vision. For more information visit
> About ReadHowYouWant
> ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd and its R&D parent company, Accessible Publishing
> Systems Pty Ltd are both Sydney, Australia-based privately held companies
> founded in 2004 by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and
> Greg Duncan. When Chris's sister, who suffers from MS, developed
> difficulty
> reading, they began experimenting to determine whether people with reading
> difficulties could benefit from changing the text format.
> After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant has successfully
> developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing
> books
> into the widest selection of on-demand, alternative format editions on the > market today. Each edition has been optimized for maximum readability. The
> company's goals are to make reading easier and more enjoyable by
> delivering
> formats that suit the reader and to give people with reading difficulties
> access to books in the formats of their choice-at an affordable price, and
> as soon as the book is published. For more information visit
> .
> Contact:
> Bradi Grebien-Samkow:
> bradi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <>
> 503-922-0778
> Contact:
> Julien Larose:
> julien.larose@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <>
> 888-723-7273 x357

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