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Simply reading app launched by DAISY Consortium

DAISY Consortium has just announced the launch of Simply reading app (on Android) – a simple and intuitive app to read ePub books. Interface of the app looks rich and simple; works for everyone including users with disabilities. App does include a getting started guide which also has list of gestures that ca be used with and without talk back screen reader.

Simply reading app enable users to access books from wide range of sources including device memory, Bookshare, Dropbox, Sugamya Pusthakalaya and Gutenbergh etc.,

Only improvement it should consider is color contrast for text on few screens such as list of books etc.,

Happy reading!

Launch of Sugamya Pusthakalaya (Accessible Online Library) in India

24th September, 2016 marks a historic milestone for people with print disabilities in India. DAISY India, in partnership with Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and powered by TCS Access Infinity has launched Sugamya Pustakalaya (Accessible Digital Library) which provides opportunity to blind and print disabled people to have access to wide range of publications including study material, fiction, non-fiction etc.,

About Sugamya Pustakalaya

If you are looking for books accessible to the blind, people with low vision or to persons with any other print disability, this library of libraries is your one-stop shop.

Sugamya Pustakalaya is a collaborative effort of several organizations to end the book famine faced by people with print disabilities.

Here, you can access books in diverse languages from various libraries across India. We have also partnered with international agencies like Bookshare and Accessible Books Consortium to provide you with accessible books from all over the world.

Users can access a collection of over 2, 30,000 books, maintain their individual reading shelves online and also download books in chosen formats.

Sugamya Pustakalaya is a facilitating platform for producers of accessible content to jointly work in producing and providing accessible books to people with print disabilities.

Publishers can also collaborate with us to publish their content in accessible format

As we speak, there are about 2,33,095 accessible books are availabel for download; these books are contributed by DFI member organizations and Bookshare.

A Press release is available on PIB Website.

Thank you both digital and print media for wide range of publicity on this. Below are links to some media coverage:

Below is a video that explains features of Sugamya Pustakalaya:

Deep sense of appreciation to Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Mr. Prashant Verma, Prof. Sam Taraporewalla and each individual and organizations who have put in tireless efforts to make accessible digital library a reality. Long way to go!