[Greater-Baltimore] Sale on KNFB Reader this weekend

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Fri Oct 30 12:05:34 UTC 2015

People are using smartphones for more and more in this digital age. Smart phones are used to communicate, to exchange data, and to read news and information. More and more, our smartphones are the tool of choice for so many tasks, and now accessing print by the blind and visually impaired has just taken a big step forward.

NFB-NEWSLINE, a service providing national, international, and local news and information in a timely fashion, has been available via a free iOS app since 2012. But what about other reading material? How do you access books not found on the National Library Service or other book services? What about items of a more personal nature such as bills, instructional manuals for household items, family documents, personal contracts like mortgages, insurance policies or medical records? There is now a solution: KNFB Reader. Using the KNFB Reader mobile app for iOS or Android, you can scan and read any printed material quickly and easily, and have it available via audio or connected refreshable Braille display.

This app is designed to be easy and quick. Just snap the picture, and the app reads the print. The KNFB Reader is designed to assist blind people in capturing the print; it has tilt guidance and field of view assistance, as well as automatic text detection so you can be sure you are getting the entire page. The KNFB Reader is also fast. Snap a photo and read printed material in seconds. If you desire more advanced features, KNFB Reader allows you to import documents, including .jpg and .pdf files, and export documents, including .txt and .html files, to cloud storage such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Read items as simple as a receipt or package label, to something as large and complex as a manual or book, using the batch scan mode to capture multi-page documents. It can even read data in columns or tables that might be found on bank statements or monthly bills.

KNFB Reader has just launched their Android app and it is now available in the Google Play app store http://tinyurl.com/KNFBReaderGoogle or iTunes app store http://tinyurl.com/KNFBReaderiOS. For a limited time, both apps will be available at a reduced price of 25% off for $74.99. This sale is only from October 30, 2015 through November 1, 2015.

For other current news and information, NFB-NEWSLINE is available as a free iOS mobile app. iOS users can download NFB-NEWSLINE Mobile to access their favorite publications. When the new iOS 2.1 update is released later this year, subscribers will have access to the new Global Search feature that allows them to search for a word or phrase and find results among the vast array of publications available on the service. Additionally, the app will use the device's GPS to set the location for emergency weather alerts and forecasts, so you can be prepared wherever you go!

With NFB-NEWSLINE and KNFB Reader you and your smartphone can be a master of all print: accessing over 400 publications and any personal printed material using these exciting mobile apps.


NFB-NEWSLINE is a service of the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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