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In the age of technology, when most people turn to the
Internet for information, and a laptop is practically a necessity in the
or at school, the e-book is rapidly becoming as common and important to
daily life as its paper-bound counterpart. Access to printed information
for the
Blind is more important now than ever, and though there is a variety of
software available to make electronic books and documents accessible, it
comes complete with a price only few could afford without assistance
from a school or rehab agency, or does not allow the reader to open even
a minority
of the various eText formats. Christopher Toth, a blind software
developer, aims to change that with QRead, the first e-reader for the
blind that is affordable
even to the average college student.

QRead is a program that provides blind users with fast and efficient
screen-reader access to most common e-book formats, including both PDF,
the industry
standard for textbooks, ePub, a format popular for technical titles and
fiction as well as many others. Users can open and tab between an
unlimited number
of books, place an unlimited number of bookmarks, and return to their
current place in each book even after a session has ended. QRead offers
the ability
to read continuously, “skim” through a text by percentage, and even
search for specific passages with its “Find” feature.

QRead interfaces directly with all major screen reading software,
including JAWS for Windows, Window-Eyes, Super Nova, System Access, and
the free and
open source NVDA.

The program goes on sale today for an introductory price of $20, and is
expected to retail for $30. Its nearest competitors are available for
upwards of

Mr. Toth says his software offers a unique benefit in addition to

“Historically, access to PDF, ePub and other eText formats has been
cumbersome, difficult or even impossible. I invented QRead to fix this,
and in the
process have created a tool which will vastly improve your reading
experience, regardless if you’re a casual reader, student, or
professional”, he states.

For more information about QRead and other accessibility software
developed by Toth, visit

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    The Qread sounds like an interesting item. Would this work with ZoomText?

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