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Finding Books

Accessibility Strategies and Access to ICT

Guidance from the Scottish Government that lays out what is expected of local authorities in terms of making school computers and networks accessible.

Updated: September 2006

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Accessible Formats from Local Authority Library Services

A survey of which Scottish library services can supply books in alternative accessible formats.

Updated: July 2010

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Finding books in Plain Text format from The Seeing Ear

How to source and adapt books in plain text from the Seeing Ear online library.

Updated: August 2014

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Using Books

Adobe Reader 9

How to set up and use Adobe Reader 9 to access PDFs.

Updated: August 2014

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Adobe Reader 9 Study Tools

Use the 'Comment and Markup' tools in Adobe Reader to aid your study.

Updated: August 2014

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Kindle for PC Accessibility Plugin

How to download and use the free Kindle for PC software with built-in text to speech.

Updated: May 2011

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Microsoft Word 2003 Reading Layout

Use the Reading Layout in Word to view books more easily.

Updated: August 2014

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Microsoft Word 2007 Digital Jotter

Suggestions for making 'digital jotters' using Word 2007.

Updated: June 2011

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Microsoft Word 2007: Supporting Reading and Writing Skills

How to use bulit-in tools in Word 2007 to support reading and writing.

Updated: August 2014

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Microsoft Word 2010 Digital Jotter

Suggestions for making 'digital jotters' using Word 2010.

Updated: June 2013

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Microsoft Word Tools to Support Literacy

Summary of tools in Word that can support reading and writing.

Updated: August 2014

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Nook Study

Nook Study is a free program for Windows and MacOS for reading PDF and EPUB books.

Updated: August 2014

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Reading PDFs with NaturalReader

NaturalReader is a simple text reader which adds a floating toolbar on the screen and can read out text from almost any program.

Updated: August 2014

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Scanning and working with Acrobat Pro X

Adobe Acrobat X and working with scanned PDF resources.

Updated: August 2014

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Supporting Writing with Microsoft Word

How to use bulit-in tools in Word 2003 to support reading and writing.

Updated: February 2004

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Using Calibre to Read E Books and Convert E Pub Files for the Kindle

Calibre can convert files in one format into another to suit any external E-Book reader you may be using, e.g. a Kindle.

Updated: March 2014

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Contributing to the Books for All Database

Books for All Blank Listings 2011

A blank spreadsheet for recording the details about your accessible resources.

Updated: July 2014

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Books for All Scotland Database Contributor's Guide

Guide to creating resources for sharing via the Database.

Updated: August 2011

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Copyright and Books for All

Essential information on copyright and licencing: don't break the law!

Updated: August 2012

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Converting Intermediate Files to Accessible Formats

Making Accessible Copies from Microsoft Word Intermediate Files

How to convert Word Intermediate files into different types of accessible formats.

Updated: August 2014

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Making Audio Books

Creating a Photo Album or Digital Book using Powerpoint

Making a 'talking book' with Powerpoint.

Updated: February 2010

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Creating Voice Notes in Word 2003

Voice notes in Word 2003 are a great way for educators and staff to make audio-rich materials.

Updated: August 2014

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Make an Audio File From an Electronic Text

How to save text, from Word, into audio MP3.

Updated: August 2014

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Sound in Powerpoint

Inserting voice and sound clips into Powerpoint resources

Updated: September 2008

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Making Intermediate Files

Accessible Text: Guidelines for Good Practice

A booklet for teachers by Fran Ranaldi and Paul Nisbet.

Updated: April 2010

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Dealing with Images - alt text

The art of compiling text descriptions of images.

Updated: August 2014

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Making Intermediate Files

How to add structure and create essential 'intermediate' files with MS Word.

Updated: August 2014

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Making Maths Resources

How to create accessible resources for mathematics.

Updated: August 2014

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Microsoft Word Equation Editor

The Word 2003 equation editor.

Updated: October 2004

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Scanning Books to Digital Format

Bulk Scanning and OCR

Don't sweat over a flatbed scanner: use a networked multisheet scanner or a scanning bureau.

Updated: August 2014

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Scanning and OCR with Acrobat Pro 9

Scanning with Acrobat Professional.

Updated: July 2011

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Scanning and OCR with FineReader 10

Scanning paper to digital with FineReader.

Updated: August 2014

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Scanning into Word with FineReader 10

Scanning paper to Word with FineReader.

Updated: September 2010

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Working with Seeing Ear Books

Making Structured MS Word 2003 documents from Seeing Ear txt files

How to convert the downloaded file into a more accessible version from which you can easily make other accessible copies such as PDF, large print of various sizes, audio, DAISY or other

Updated: August 2014

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Making Structured MS Word 2007 or 2010 documents from Seeing Ear txt files

How to convert the downloaded file into a more accessible version from which you can easily make other accessible copies such as PDF, large print of various sizes, audio, DAISY or other

Updated: August 2014

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Using books downloaded from The Seeing Ear

The guide tells you how to use the downloaded text file as is.

Updated: August 2014

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Working with files from Publishers

Digital Files from Publishers

How to get digital copies of books from publishers

Updated: August 2014

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Making Accessible PDFs

How to adapt PDFs from publishers and make them more accessible

Updated: August 2014

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