[NABS-L] for those of you who have used Vital Source ...

Miranda knownoflove at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 10:04:46 UTC 2019

Hi Jason,
Let me try to answer all of your questions. First, I believe there is some confusion. VitalSource it’s not the same as Amazon Kindle or audible. In fact, it is it’s own entity. The website is: www.vitalsource.com, and the app is found by searching for VitalSource on the App Store. The app shows up as bookshelf in the App Store and also when you download it to your iPhone.
As far as navigating a book on your iPhone, yes you do flick left and right as on a normal website or other screen. You are also able to search your book via the website and/or the iPhone app. As the search field on the website is dynamic, meaning that it updates as you type, I would suggest typing your search term into a plane text document, copying it, and pasting it into the search edit field on the website. This way, your screen reader does not slow down or lose its place due to the dynamic search field being automaticly updated. As I do not use a braillenote touch, I am not sure as to whether or not you can download the app from the Google play store to your device to use it. That would be pretty cool if you could though. I also do not know if this would work, but you might be able to go to the VitalSource website, log into your Bookshelf on your computer, and print your textbook to PDF in order to download it onto your braillenote Touch. You might lose access to navigation inside the book, so know that said PDF file may render navigation as far as headings and such difficult. However, if you are familiar with simply using a word document that does not contain such navigation, this may not be a concern for you.
I hope this helps, and have a successful semester!

Best wishes, Miranda

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 11, 2019, at 10:47 PM, JASON ALAMILLO <leadershipjba at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all, I also had some questions about vital source. So I am under the impression that you have to listen to it, either on their own version of audio or on the audio provided by VoiceOver, but from Miranda’s post, it seems like you can also just flick the screen to the left and right as though you are reading messages or websites. Which assumption am I correct on? I also want to know, as I have always just had my books transcribed into word documents by the DRC, and I have read them on my BrailleNote Touch or computer, is that also a possibility on this app? And if so, which format do the books come in if they are downloadable in a way to have them in this format instead of having them on a website or app all the time? If there is no way to keep them as formats that can skip having to use the web or the app all together any time we need to read our books, how can we search for paragraphs, words, quotes, and any other thing we may need within a book? When I went to download the app, on my phone it now says audible, is that the one we have to download or is there another one? And do we have to log in with our amazon accounts? If I have the app wrong, could someone please share the right one to this email conversation so I and others can download it? Thank you for all your help.
>> On Aug 9, 2019, at 2:03 PM, Miranda via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Hi Mike,
>> I have used this site quite frequently, and I recommend it to others. It is accessible via the website and the iPhone app. You would navigate the textbook as you would any other site. I would probably recommend Google Chrome as the most useful browser for navigating textbooks on vital source. As far as embossing books, I cannot personally speak to this as I have not done so.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Aug 9, 2019, at 2:42 PM, Mike Gilmore via NABS-L <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> I just found out about this list and decided to join.
>>> I'm about to begin seminary.  I recently found out about Vital Source.  I have a question about it (I hope to use it if I can't find what I need on bookshare or Learning Ally or christianbook.com).
>>> For those of you who have purchased or rented books from Vital Source, I'm curious to know about reading the books online (how it's done, what the best browser to use is, etc.)  I'm also curious to know whether there's a way to emboss these books.
>>> Thank you for all of your help ahead of time.  If you know of any other sources other than Vital Source, Learning Ally, audible, Christian book dot com, and bookshare where it may be possible to obtain books in formats other than hardcopy print, please feel free to chime in.
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