Feature Writer Ann Chiappetta – Books and Technology: Introducing ReadHowYouWant

Six months ago I received an advertisement posted on a blindness related email list asking for book reviewers. Being a writer and a digital book user, I replied to the ad and was introduced to the Read How You Want on-demand digital book enterprise.

History

ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd and its R&D parent company, Accessible Publishing Systems Pty Ltd, are both Sydney, Australia-based privately held companies co-founded by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and Greg Duncan. When Chris’s sister, who suffers from MS, developed difficulty reading, they began experimenting to determine whether people with reading difficulties could benefit from changing the text format.
After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant has successfully developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats quickly, easily, and at price points comparable to standard format books (http://www.readhowyouwant.com/about-us.aspx).

If you want to find out more about this eBook publisher go to: http://www.readhowyouwant.com

If you would like to try your hand at downloading and reviewing books for this publisher, here are some tips: formats available for reviewers include large print, Braille, and DAISY (DAISY are all via download). The reviewer must have the equipment to read the material. I prefer to use a Victor Reader Stream listening to the default synthesized voice. Other possibilities include other digital book readers and other portable computing devices, like laptops and/or note taking devices, and home computers. Refreshable Braille displays are also another option for those with print disabilities. If you can download files, you can surely participate in this read and review program.

Another suggestion is to post your review on not just the publisher’s blog but also on your own blog and on any social networking sites, like Facebook. I’ve reviewed two novels for this program, both of which are cross-posted on my personal blog, www.brainnatter.blogspot.com and the Read How You Want blog, http://www.readhowyouwant.com/blog/  

Why do I continue with the program? Simple, I love to read and write. I took a chance and have been pleased with both the Read How You Want website itself and the book choices. 

If you are interested in downloading a book for reviewing, please contact
Bradi Grebien-Samko, Publicist
Email: bradi@readhowyouwant.com

Business phone: 971-340-9853

If you want to read more about the founders of this enterprise, go to:

http://abledbody.com/expertviews/2010/04/02/read-how-you-want-builds-books-just-for-you

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