Q. Does the library have screen readers for students to use to read PDFs?

Does the library have screen readers for students to use to read PDFs?

Answer

  • Kurzweil 3000 is a screen reading software that works pretty well with PDFs. The company has made it freely available to everyone at this time. Here's their website.
  • Tips for reducing eye strain when reading text on a screen:
    • Where possible, use serif fonts. Adjust your screen to be zoomed in, or adjust the font size to 14pt or more.
    • Consider strong task lighting, even/especially if your screen is backlit.
    • Most operating systems have a "night mode" with some/all blue light filtered out. The "warmth" of these screens is supposed to be easier to handle, especially long term.
    • Where possible, read on e-ink (ereaders) rather than backlit screens.
    • As always, take frequent breaks--try to focus on medium-to-long-range views for ~5 minutes out of every ~30 minutes spent in close-range reading.

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  • Last Updated Apr 28, 2020
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  • Answered By Jess O'Toole

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