Reading System Features, Testing, and Recommendations

Creator: National Network for Equitable Library Service

Date Updated: January 28, 2022

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) provides an online repository for library patrons with print disabilities. NNELS works with organizations, libraries, and publishers to create accessible books. NNELS has tested and compiled a list of reading systems so that you can choose the reading system that works the best for your reading style.

Quick Facts

  • NNELS Accessibility Consultants, who have lived experiences with print disabilities, reviewed the reading systems by testing and compiling the accessibility features they offer readers. They include:
    • Read out loud: The reading system will read a book from start to finish with the press of a button (and support readers who want a break with a pause button).
    • Review text: Screen readers can read aloud text and other elements in the book with the keyboard or gestures.
    • Chapter navigation: The reading system list chapters, and reader can move between them.
    • Page navigation: the reading system shows the current page readers are on, and they can move to other pages.
    • Heading navigation: The reading system displays the headings in the book, and readers can navigate between them.
    • Activate links: Any links (internal/external) in the books can be selected by keyboard or gestures followed by enter/double-tap.
    • Read image descriptions: Alt text is provided for images and readable when encountered.
    • Navigation tables: Each cell in a table can be read individually.
  • The Accessibility Consultant tested many different apps (iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS) with different formats (EPUB, DOCX, RTF, HTML, PPT, etc.).

Visit the NNELS Reading System Features and Testing

Visit the NNELS Reading System Recommendations

References

National Network for Equitable Library Service (2020). Reading System Features and Testing. Web page. Retrieved from: https://nnels.ca/reading-system-features-and-testing

National Network for Equitable Library Service (2020). Reading System Recommendations. Web page. Retrieved from: https://nnels.ca/reading-system-recommendations