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Tutorial: Using the VoiceDream app to read books

Before you can begin, you must install the Voice Dream Reader app on your iOS or Android phone or tablet. This is a paid app but there are occasional sales (announced on their Twitter feed).

Notes from experience:

  • Downloads can timeout if the screen goes to sleep. We usually set our devices so that they do not timeout while we are downloading books, then change the settings back when we are done.
  • Downloads can slow down or timeout if the focus is not on the Voice Dream Reader app (e.g. you're doing other things on your phone or tablet), so aim to download when you don't need to do anything else on your device.
  • Voice Dream Reader's support page is very helpful.
  • Voice Dream works with any format you can find on the NNELS site. For e-text files (doc or rtf), Voice Dream Reader ignores the navigation and headings. If navigation and headings are important to use, please use (or request, if it is not available) a DAISY version of the book you require.

Android

Adding books:

  1. Go to "Add Document".
  2. Choose "Web Browser".
  3. Choose "External".
  4. Type in the URL for NNELS, which is nnels.ca.
  5. Select "Login" and enter your library card number and PIN.
  6. Search for the book you want to download, then tap on the Download link.
  7. Wait for the file to load. When you receive confirmation that the load is complete, tap "OK". When you're ready to read, tap "Done" to close the browser window.

iOS

Step 1: Add NNELS as a content source:

  1. Tap on the + sign to add content, and select "More".
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the options, select "Add Web Site", select NNELS, save (top right-hand corner), and then exit back to the home library.
  3. Now when you go to add a book (tapping on the plus symbol), NNELS should appear as one of your options.

Step 2: Download books from NNELS:

  1. Tap on the + sign to add content, and select NNELS.
  2. Tap on the Login button and enter your library card number and PIN.
  3. Search for the book you want to download, then tap on the Download link.
  4. Wait for the file to load. When you receive confirmation that the load is complete, tap "OK". When you're ready to read, tap "Done" to close the browser window.

If you find a book that does not work with this app, please report it to us so we can fix the problem. Thank you!

You can also adjust the speech rate, add and manage voices by tapping the Audio Settings icon. Once again, Voice Dream Reader's support page is very helpful.

See here for a 4-minute video of a vision impaired reader using Voice Dream Reader on her iPad.