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Module 7: Entertainment in a digital age

Entertainment in a digital age... Downloading Music and books making things fun
Listening to music and reading books is just a few commands away. Whether you are downloading books/music for school or pleasure, with the Braillenote Touch learners have instant access to their downloaded content. Learn how to download books from your favourite services such as Bookshare, Seeing Ear, Audible plus more, and get competent on knowing how to play them.

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1. Media commands
2. Downloading books from bookshare
3. Downloading books from the National accessible Library
4. Opening downloaded books
5. Navigating through a book in Victor Reader
6. Using Audible TBC

1. Media commands

Many apps within the BrailleNote Touch support our innovative media controls. It is now possible to skip forward, backwards play and pause while not necessarily being in the media application. This is fantastic within your application but is even more powerful when within say, the word processor.

For example, listening to that history lesson? Move between the various sections without skipping a beat as you braille your paper. Receive an important notification? Pause your book within your favourite social media application.

This functionality should work with most media applications and has been tested with the below.

Audible, YouTube, Spotify, Sonos, VLC and more.

The below key commands are universal and work throughout the system.

Play/Pause = Enter with x.

Skip back a track/file = Backspace with dots 1 and 3.

Skip forward a track/file = Backspace with dots 4 and 6.

2. Downloading books from bookshare

This document will walk you through the steps to easily download and read a book from the Bookshare website using a combination of the 3rd party Go Read application, as well as the Touch’s intuitive Victor Reader application. In order to follow these steps, you will need to have an active Google account added to the Touch with Play Store access.

Downloading the Go Read application

  1. From the main menu, press the letter P until you reach the Play store and press enter or a cursor router key to activate
  2. Once the Play Store loads, press the letter s twice to move to the “search” button and press a cursor router key or enter to activate
  3. In the search box, type in “Go Read” and press enter
  4. Press the letter a to move to the application result that reads “Go Read” and press enter. Note that the application developer is Bookshare
  5. Press the letter I until you reach the “install” button and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  6. You are now placed in the installation permissions where you can press the letter a to move to the “accept” button and activate with enter or a cursor router key.
  7. Now simply wait for the application to install and it will be found in the All Applications menu on the Touch.

Logging into Bookshare within the Go Read application

  1. From the main menu, press the letter a to move to the All applications menu and press enter or a cursor router key to activate
  2. Press the letter G until you reach the Go Read application and press enter or a cursor router key to activate
  3. You will now be placed in the field to enter your Bookshare username, type your username or email address using computer braille and press enter.
  4. Now you will be placed in the password field, type your password using computer braille and press the next thumb key to move focus to the “Log In” button and press enter or a cursor router key to activate. You should receive the message “Bookshare sync in progress.”
  5. Once the syncing is complete, press the letter d to move to the “Done” button and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.

Searching for and Downloading a Book

  1. With the Go Read application open, press the letter O until you reach the “Open Drawer menu” and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  2. Press S to move to the “Search Bookshare” option and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  3. The following options are available within the search menu:
  • Title Search
  • Author Search
  • ISBN Search
  • Latest Books
  • Popular Books
  • Newspapers and Magazines

(For this example, choose Title Search and press Enter)

  1. You will be placed in an edit box where you can type the title of a book you would like to search for followed by enter
  2. You will now be placed in a list of search results that can be navigated with the previous or next thumb keys to move forward or backward through the search results.
  3. Once you locate the book you would like to download from within this list press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  4. You will now be placed in the book details where you can use the next thumb key to move through the various book detail options. These include:
  • Title
  • Author
  • Download (text only)
  • Download book with images
  • ISBN:
  • Language

If you decide that you want a different book from your search results, press the Back key, (the triangular button on the front of the Touch, to move to the previous page.

  1. Use the next thumb key, or press the letter D, until you reach the “Download (text only)” button and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  2. The book will now be downloaded and you will be placed on a button that will allow you to read the book using the Go Read application, press the back button 4 times to return to the All applications menu. (you can also close the App at this point from the recent apps list)

Using the Victor Reader application to navigate to, and read your book

  1. From the Main Menu, press the letter V to move to the VictorReader application and press enter or a cursor router key to open.
  2. Now, press Spacebar with the letter B to open the Bookshelf menu.
  3. Press the next thumb key or the letter T until you reach the “Talking books” bookshelf and press enter or a cursor router key to activate. This is the bookshelf where all Daisy books such as those from Bookshare are located
  4. Use the next thumb key to move down the list of books, when you reach the book you want to read, press enter. (you can also use first letter navigation to reach your desired book when in this list)

For more information on navigating through a book using the VictorReader please refer to the “Navigating through a book in Victor Reader” guide.

3. Downloading books from the National accessible Library

The following instructions will show you how to download a book from the National Accessible Library formerly Seeing Ear based in the UK.

Web pages change, so these instructions are only a guide. This is the case with all web pages so if things do change using your learned web navigational skills is a must. Please refer to the “Navigating web pages” guide which can be found under “The world is your library ” module.

The following procedure assumes you have already registered for an account and have access to the credentials to log in.

  1. Open the Main Menu by using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1, 2,3,4,5 and 6, or by pressing and releasing the Home button.
  1. From the Main Menu, press Space with dot 4 until you reach Internet, KeyWeb. Now, press Enter.
  1. Press Enter with o and type www.accessiblelibrary.org.uk followed by Enter to load the page.
  1. Press s until you reach the sign in link and then press Enter.
  1. Press Space with dots 2, 3, 4 and 5 multiple times to cycle through your navigation method until you reach “form elements”. Once your navigation method is set Press Space with dots 4 and 6 to move forward into the username field, then press Enter to make the field editable and type in your username. Note this field is set by default to grade 2 entry.
  1. Press Space with dots 4 and 6 to move forward into the password field and then again press Enter to make the field editable. Type your password. Note, the password field is set to computer Braille. This is denoted in speech and also in Braille by the cursor showing a single dot 8.
  1. Press Space with dots 4 and 6 to move forward to the sign in button and then press Enter.

Note: If this is the first time you have used the Accessible National Library, KeyWeb will offer to remember your username and password. If you elect to remember this information, then future logins will be easier as you will not have to re-type them.

Now it is time to search for a book to download.

Note: Even when you have signed in, the page is still headed sign in National Library.

  1. Press s multiple times until you are on the search link which you can activate with the enter key. The search page will load.
  1. Press Space with dots 4 and 6 and the search box will appear on the Braille display. Press Enter to make it editable and type for example Black Beauty, then Press enter to process your request and load the results page.
  1. Press Space with dots 2, 3, 4 and 5 multiple times to cycle through your navigation method until you reach “Headings”.

One your navigation method is set press Space with dots 4 and 6 to move forward through the headings on the page to the results. The first of these should be the Black Beauty book by Anna Sewell.

  1. Press Space or the furthest right-hand thumb key to move through the book information and the available formats. We recommend selecting the Microsoft Word format. Continue to Space through the available format unit you have reached the Microsoft Word link. When on this link press Enter.
  1. By default, the Touch will give you the option to download the book or open it in KeyWord or other apps that support the opening of Word files. We recommend you press enter on the download option and then select the always button so that in future KeyWeb will automatically download word files rather than showing these options. You can move through these options with the space bar or right thumb key.
  1. The book will start to download and then be found in the Downloads folder on the Touch storage.

4. Opening downloaded books

All downloaded material on the BrailleNote Touch is saved directly to the Downloads folder and can not be changed.

The following steps will help you open downloaded materials so it can be read in braille or audio.

  1. Open the Main Menu by using the Braille shortcut Space with dots 1, 2,3,4,5 and 6, or by pressing and releasing the Home button.
  2. Press F for File Manager – KeyFiles and then press enter.
  3. Press space with D to go into your list of drives and select Storage.
  4. Press d multiple times until you are in the Downloads folder and then press enter.
  5. Press B until you find the Black Beauty book and then press enter.

Note: If you are opening a Word file for the first time from File Manager then you will be given a list of apps which you may wish to use to open the file. We HIGHLY recommend selecting KeyWord as this is the most optimised efficient application for Word documents. Press Space until you find KeyWord, press Enter to select it and then press A to select the always button followed by pressing Enter. Files of this type will now always open in the KeyWord Application from the file manager.

You can now enjoy reading and navigating through your book in the KeyWord application. The benefit of not having Teachers to spend hours transcribing books makes reading enjoyable, quick and easy for everyone. Let the BrailleNote Touch empower the learner to download further books which can now be made accessible through the BrailleNote Touch.

5. Navigating through a book in Victor Reader

There are various ways that you can navigate inside a book in the Victor Reader application. The specific navigation options available will depend on the type of book that you are reading / playing. For example, a DAISY talking book can contain several navigation levels, whereas an audio file will contain less. In general, DAISY talking books will offer the most comprehensive level of navigation.

General navigation commands

You can select your desired navigation level in any type of book in Victor Reader, and then navigate at that level. For example, you can set your navigation level to Level 1 (chapter) in a DAISY book, and then move backwards or forwards by chapter in the book.

Note: Victor Reader will remember your current position for each individual book. If you are reading a book, and you close the Victor Reader application and then re-open it at a later time and you open the book again, you will be returned to the position you were at.

Selecting your navigation level

To cycle through your available navigation levels, use the Braille shortcut Space with T.  You will be prompted “Navigation level menu”. You are placed in the list of available navigation levels for your current book.

To move through the navigation level list, use Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1.

To select your navigation level, move to the desired level in the list, and then press Enter.

You can then use navigation commands to move backwards and forwards.

Navigating forwards and backwards

To move forwards by your current navigation level, press Space with dots 4 and 6. Alternatively, press the Left (inner left) thumb key.

To move backwards by your current navigation level, press Space with dots 1 and 3.

Alternatively, press the Previous (outer left) thumb key.

To rewind through a book, press and hold the Right (inner right) thumb key whilst the book is playing.

To fast forward through a book, press and hold the Next (outer right) thumb key whilst the book is playing.

Going to the start and the end of a book

You can use shortcut commands to quickly move to the start or the end of your current book.

To go to the start of your current book, press Space with dots 1, 2 and 3.

To go to the end of your current book, press Space with dots 4, 5 and 6.

Undoing the last navigation

You can undo your last navigation action by using the Braille shortcut Backspace with Z. You can do this within 10 seconds of performing a navigation action (either backwards or forwards, or a Go To Page action) and the navigation will be undone, and you are returned to your previous place in the book.

Navigating in DAISY talking books

Victor Reader supports DAISY and NISO talking books for the Talking Books bookshelf. For a specific DAISY or NISO talking book, any navigation levels that have been defined by the book producer will be available when you cycle through your navigation levels using the Space with T command.

The specific navigation levels that are available can differ from book to book. Typically, Level 1 refers to chapter, Level 2 refers to sub-chapter or section, Level 3 (if available) refers to sub-section and so on – the higher the number, the smaller the section of the book. The book producer may also define other navigation levels, such as page and phrase. The phrase level is always available in talking books but its’ scope is defined by the book producer.

BrailleNote Touch limits phrase jumps to a maximum length of 1 minute.

As an example for a DAISY book that contains Levels 1, 2 and 3, the navigation level menu contains the following levels (items):

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Page
  • Phrase
  • Time Jump 30 seconds

Navigating in audio files

Victor Reader supports a variety of audio file types. This includes audiobooks stored in the Other Books bookshelf folder, music folders and files stored in the Music bookshelf folder, and podcasts saved in the Podcasts bookshelf folder.

If you are playing an audio file (track) in the Music bookshelf, the navigation level menu contains the following items:

  • File
  • Folder

The File navigation level can be used to move between individual audio files in your current folder of your Music bookshelf.

The Folder navigation level can be used to move between individual folders in your Music bookshelf.

If you are playing an audiobook in the Other Books bookshelf, the navigation level menu contains the following items:

  • File
  • Time jump 30 seconds

The File navigation level can be used to move between individual audio files in your current audiobook.

The Time jump 30 seconds level can be used to move backwards and forwards by 30 second time jumps in your current audiobook.

If you are playing a podcast in the Podcasts bookshelf, the navigation level menu contains one item, which is Time jump 30 seconds. This level can be used to move backwards and forwards by 30 second time jumps in your current podcast.

Navigating in text files

Victor Reader supports a variety of textual file types – plain text (TXT), HTML and XML files.

The navigation level menu contains two items when you are playing / reading a text file:

  • Paragraph
  • Screen

The Paragraph level can be used to move backwards and forwards by paragraph in your current text file.

The Screen level can be used to move backwards and forwards by screen in your current text file. A screen can be thought of as a page of text, roughly defined as 80 lines.

In addition to the navigation levels, you can also use KeySoft text navigation commands to navigate in text files (TXT, HTML and XML files).

Note that the following commands will work only when you are not reading continuously by using the Space with G command.

To read the next character, press Space with dot 6.

To read the previous character, press Space with dot 3.

To read the next word, press Space with dot 5.

To read the previous word, press Space with dot 2.

To read the next line, press Space with dot 4.

To read the previous line, press Space with dot 1.

You can also read a text file using your Braille display.

To read the next line, press the Next (far right) thumb key.

To read the previous line, press the Previous (far left) thumb key.

To pan your Braille display forwards by 32 characters, press the Right (inner right) thumb key.

To pan your Braille display backwards by 32 characters, press the Left (inner left) thumb key.

6. Using Audible TBC

Audible from Amazon is a book reading service providing many thousands of audio books, plays and podcasts. There are many ways of purchasing credits towards audible and purchasing books and these are shown on the audible.com website. Audible is available in many countries including the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and others.

Although it is possible to purchase books within the audible application on the touch, we recommend the use of the audible website. The deep set of web navigational tools available in the KeyWeb web browser will assist you in finding and purchasing a book and it is beyond the scope of this audible app guide.

Books can be purchased after you have created an audible account. Providing  you login to a device with your Audible or Amazon username and password Audible content can be purchased via Smart phones, computers, and tablets.

Downloading the Go Read application

  1. From the main menu, press the letter P until you reach the Play store and press enter or a cursor router key to activate
  2. Once the Play Store loads, press the letter s twice to move to the “search” button and press a cursor router key or enter to activate
  3. In the search box, type in “Audible” and press enter
  4. Press the letter a to move to the application result that reads “Go Read” and press enter.
  5. Press the letter I until you reach the “install” button and press enter or a cursor router key to activate.
  6. You are now placed in the installation permissions where you can press the letter a to move to the “accept” button and activate with enter or a cursor router key.
  7. Now simply wait for the application to install and it will be found in the All Applications menu on the Touch.

Logging in to Audible

When the application opens for the first time you will have to sign in to your account. There are some unlabelled buttons here so press S until the words Sign in are spoken then press enter web view will open and you will have to navigate this in order to enter your email address and password.

When you have successfully signed in, your library will be shown in the centre of the screen and this can be navigated with the left and right thumb keys or the space and backspace key. Pressing enter on any title will start it downloading.

Next to each book you will find a more options button, when you press this with enter or Braille router key you will open a menu with more options including, download, send this book, tag as finished, read summary and write a review.

If you wish to quickly start your book and carry on from where you left off, simply press enter with X to continue.

If you press enter on a book and the notification pops up telling you it was downloaded, you can start the book playing in two ways.

  1. press enter on the book title in the library. This will open the player window and start the book that you have just downloaded.
  1. If you are no longer in the audible application, press enter with N to open the notification shade and you will find controls that will let you start the book playing.

Above your library there are some controls that are quite useful. Press space with dots 1,2,3 to go to the top of the screen. If this doesn’t take you to the open left navigation panel button press space with dots 1 and 3 and you should be placed on the control.

Pressing space or the right-hand thumb key will take us to the my library list. This allows you to change the source of your library whether it is just books on your device or those in the Cloud which can be downloaded to your device. The default setting is the Cloud.

The next control is search. This will allow you to search either your library for a title, author, or the whole Audible book reading service for a title or author.  This is a great way to quickly search for a book if you have a large library.

Moving past the shop button we come to the filter option that allows you to select what kind of content is showing in your library, the default is all.

Next we have the sort button, this will sort your library by recently downloaded or read books, title of the book, author and length.

The player is best found by lifting up the keyboard and turning off touch Braille by pressing the far left and far right thumb keys simultaneously.

Move up around 1 cm from the bottom of the screen in the centre and the player button will be announced. It is possible that if you are listening to a book the title of the book will be announced before the word player. To the right of the player you will find the play and jumper back buttons. You can also select a clip from a book to be saved in your bookmarks in this area.

If you open the player window you will find some controls of interest. The first one will announce 1.00X. It is a speed control and will allow you to slow down or speed up the narration. Next we have clips and bookmarks allowing you to bookmark in the title.

Following this is a sleep timer which will allow you to set a timer to stop playback after a certain amount of time or at the end of the chapter.

There are other buttons to allow you to move between chapters and jump between various time amounts within the book. The default time  amount is 30 seconds.

Some Quick Keys that work well in the play window are.

P =  play pause. C = clips and bookmarks. S = sleep timer. J = jump forward or jump back. P = previous chapter. R = rewind audio. F = fast forward audio. N = next chapter. M = more options.

Note: Audible may change the application at any time which could make parts of this guide invalid.

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