Reading adds color to my life. From my closely-held baby books, to my cherished copy of Matilda, to my rotating collection of library books from mysteries to memoirs to cookbooks, to my required-reading English novels, to my anything-that-sounds-good book from a friend, a blog, a podcast review. I keep turning pages.
When I gained low vision, I discovered a true devastation: I could not read. Not regular print books anyway. I worked to figure out a way to fix my illiteracy as I would not be giving up books anytime soon. That would be like asking me to get divorced or stop breathing. Not gonna happen.
I love the smell and feel of physical books, but my low vision pushed me towards digital books. I fell in love with eBooks because of my visual impairment.
How do I read books? I use a variety of tools:
- I increase the font size and change the contrast to black background with white text on my Kobo app, Kindle app, and 3M Cloud Library app for library eBooks and purchased eBooks.
- I use VoiceOver, Apple’s text-to-speech feature, on eBooks that are accessible.
- I use a CCTV to magnify paperbacks.
- I use Kurzweil 1000 software to scan pages and turn text into speech.
- I listen to audiobooks on CDs and the OverDrive app.
I won’t stop reading. Braille and NLS Talking Books are my back up if I lose more vision. I have a reading contingency plan. Do you? Readers represent.
How do you read books?