At the start of every month, ReadHowYouWant, the company that translated my book into braille and audio formats, offers a free chapter download of 20 books. Since March is Women’s History Month and celebrates women authors, ReadHowYouWant is giving away a free chapter of my new book, The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology!
Australian-based ReadHowYouWant partners with leading publishers to make their content accessible at the time of publication. It has a small collection of 3,500 titles but they are adding 200 new titles every month. Braille and DAISY titles range in price from $4.99 to $12.99.
The free chapter download program is a joint project between ReadHowYouWant and Humanware, an assistive technology company that makes accessible digital book readers for the blind such as the VictorReader Stream. The chapters are available in digital braille (which can be read on a braille display) as well as two audio types: regular MP3 and DAISY — a format that’s designed for those with print challenges and lets readers navigate, skip and bookmark sections.
In March there are other titles available as well, including five books from ReadHowYouWant’s Classics Collection: Candide by Voltaire, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, and The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
While I don’t pretend to put myself in the esteemed company of these authors, I’m glad to see rich literature is being made accessible along with non-fiction titles like mine.