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Assistive Software

Here are guides on assistive software assigned by category.

ProQuest Ebook Central Normal Read Online Mode

Text magnification using normal Read Online mode
In the default ProQuest Ebook Central reader, click on the Zoom-in icon to enlarge the text.
Click on the Zoom In button in the Read Online Mode to enlarge the text

You can magnify the text up to a fixed percentage. Use the horizontal scrolling bar to read text from left to right. Use the vertical scrolling bar to read continuously page after page. The usual display of ProQuest Ebook Central books (when reading them online) is not screen-readable. 

ProQuest Ebook Central Screen-Readable Accessibility Mode

Displaying screen-readable accessibility mode
There is a screen-readable accessibility mode to ease navigation and reading by screen readers. A limited set of icon-based tools are available: Full Download, Chapter Download, Print to PDF, Add to Bookshelf, Share Link, and Get Citation. You can only view one page at time. At the end of each page you can select a link to either go to the previous page or next page of the ebook.

ProQuest Ebook Central special screen-readable accessibility mode
ProQuest E-book Central Screen-Readable Accessibility Mode


There are two ways to activate this special screen-readable “accessibility” mode, according to the ProQuest Ebook Central LibGuide:

First method: If you are running a text-to-speech screen reader, simply have it ‘read’ the banner at the top of the e-book's read-online page.  It will ‘read’ the option of displaying the book’s content in screen-readable-text mode. Once that is turned on, the text of the ProQuest Ebook Central book can be read by the screen reader.

Second method: You can contact to request to have screen-readable-text mode enabled for your ProQuest Ebook Central username.  For NIE staff and students, your username is your NIE Login Account username.

When you log into ProQuest Ebook Central the next time you will be automatically signed in to your ebrary account. After selecting the option to "Read Online", the content of ProQuest ebooks will display in screen-readable-text mode.  

You can then use the screen-readable-text mode in conjunction with JAWS or another text-to-speech program such as Apple VoiceOver or NaturalReader.
Text being read out loud by NaturalReader using its floating bar
Text being read out loud by NaturalReader using its floating bar
For more information, visit the guide on how to use NaturalReader.

Downloading the Whole E-book in Adobe Digital Editions

Downloading the whole e-book
When you click on the "Full Download” button on the item page, you can download the entire document for 7 or 14 days and read it using Adobe Digital Editions on any compatible device.

The document is readable with screen reading software or text-to-speech readers, including Apple VoiceOver, JAWS, NVDA and NaturalReader. There are keyboard shortcuts in the Getting Started guide that is installed along with Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe Digital Editions is designed to work with assistive technologies on Mac and Windows. It has support for full keyboard controls (tab navigation and shortcuts), improved text enlargement, and support for high-contrast modes.


Text magnification in Adobe Digital Editions
Click on the “Change page view” tab to enlarge the page such as to “Fit width” or zoom up to 4x.