EasyReader app and RNIB Reading Services


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EasyReader app 

EasyReader is a free app, available on Apple and Android devices, that gives you access to the world's largest collection of talking book and newspaper libraries. 

EasyReader has a variety of accessibility options, with preferred text colours, sizes and highlights, as well as being compatible with Voiceover, Talkback and eBraille. 

You can use EasyReader to access the RNIB’s Reading Services Library, which has a growing collection of over 30,000 books for you to browse, download and enjoy listening to. 

“A really good, easy to use service, especially for free! I really enjoy listening to my favourite books in comfort, with a nice brew!”
Paul, guide dog owner 

Video tutorials

The following tutorial videos have been produced by Dolphin, the app creator, and the RNIB and are hosted on YouTube:

 

How to register and sign in to the RNIB’s Reading Services in EasyReader

  1. Register to the RNIB’s Reading Services via the register link on the Reading Services website 
  2. Click the activation link in the email you received from the RNIB to activate your account.  
  3. Download the app for your smart device: 
    Android
    iOS 
  4. Open EasyReader on your smart device. 
  5. Go through or skip introduction to EasyReader.
  6. Login to EasyReader with your Gmail account or Dolphin account. 
  7. Select the ‘Side Menu’ button in top left corner and then select RNIB’s Reading Services from the list. 
  8. Login to RNIB’s Reading Services Library by entering the user name and password you created. 

 

How to download and listen to a book 

  1. Open EasyReader on your smart device.
  2. Select ‘Side Menu’ button in top left corner and then select RNIB’s Reading Services from the list. 
  3. Search for books by using the search function, or browsing for them in the categories.
  4. When you have found a book you like, select it and go to book information and then select the download button.
  5. When your download completes, select open.
  6. Play your book by selecting play.

Layout of screens

My Books (Main/ default)

Top

Side menu, Import a book, sort

Middle

Search (downloaded books)
List of downloaded books  

Side Menu

Book currently playing, My books, Manage libraries, List of Libraries, My Newspapers, My Clipboard Texts, About & Help, My Dolphin Account

Player

Top

Side menu, book title, Search, Bookmark, Text Settings, Audio Settings, More options (Sleep timer, Where am I?, Book information) 

Middle

Different functionality on iOS and Android. On Android can navigate through books but in an illogical way not following chapters. Also book cover image sometimes not labelled.

Bottom

Back to last reading position, current position in chapter, seek control, remaining time of chapter, book navigation, previous, play/ pause button, next, navigation settings 

Useful tips

  • The first time you use EasyReader to access the RNIB’s Reading Services, you will need to first login to your Dolphin account (which you can use Gmail for if you have a Gmail account) and then login into the RNIB’s Reading Services Library. 
  • You can customise the Libraries in your Side Menu, to do this go to ‘Side Menu’ and ‘Manage Libraries’ and toggle off the services you do not need. 
  • If you subscribe to RNIB’s News Agent you can access content through EasyReader too, through the option in the Side menu.
  • Add bookmarks to your books and use the Book navigation function to browse them. 
  • Use My Clipboard Texts in the Side menu to play any text that you have copied.

If you have any queries, please contact Guide Dogs’ Technology Services