The EasyReader app lets you download books, magazines, and newspapers to read on your device whenever you like.

Dolphin EasyReader app (iOS and Android)

EasyReader is a free, accessible reading app for people with print disabilities such as blindness, low vision, or dyslexia. It is currently used by Vision Australia, RNIB, CELA, and other international blindess support agencies for their members to access their library collections, as well as international providers of electronic texts, like BookShare.
The Blind Low Vision NZ Library in EasyReader gives you direct access to our collection of over 35,000 audiobooks, with all of the books recorded in our studios and received from our overseas partners.
You can also browse our whole audio magazine collection in the EasyReader app, including back issues and older magazines not currently in production.

The latest release of version 3.06 (April 2022) adds all of our newspaper content too, and some new features for books in our Blind Low Vision NZ Library. You can download daily newspaper issues in HTML format, to read as accessible text, with Dolphin’s own automatic speech, or VoiceOver and TalkBack.

There’s a new feature for browsing books recommended by clients in the Alexa skill, called “Recommended books” in the library home page. This has the same top 20 recommended titles clients can get in Alexa, as well as the option to browse popular titles by subject and genre.

If you would like to find out more about the EasyReader app, including instructions on set-up and how to use it, we have a podcast produced by our former National Technology Adviser, Thomas Bryan:

A woman browsing online on an iPad

BookLink Web

BookLink is our original online lending and reading service. It offers independent access to Blind Low Vision NZ Library’s digital collections, including:

  • New Zealand and international audio books.
  • Braille books available for download as BRF files.
  • New Zealand and international audio magazines.
  • Community, regional and national text newspapers.

You can access the BookLink service directly in your web browser, through the BookLink Web portal.

This site lets you search in the audiobook and electronic braille collection, browse selected magazines and newspapers, and edit your profile to receive recommendations for further reading.

Eligibility

You need to be a Blind Low Vision NZ member, or have a print disability in order to use our audio library. Registered Blind Low Vision NZ clients and New Zealand citizens and residents with a print disability are eligible to join. For more information, visit ‘Accessing our Library’ or call us on 0800 24 33 33.

How to register

We are currently using Amazon services with our library in the EasyReader app. If you are already using our Blind Low Vision library skill for Alexa, you will be able to sign in to our library in the app straight away with your Amazon e-mail and password.
If you need to update your Amazon information with us, or you’re using a different e-mail address, please get in touch and let us know.

Current Blind Low Vision NZ Library members can call 0800 24 33 33 or e-mail library@blindlowvision.org.nz to register for digital library services, including EasyReader, Alexa, and BookLink Web.

The first time you sign in to Dolphin EasyReader, you will also be asked to create an account with Dolphin, which you can do at the same time in the app itself. You can also use a Google or Apple account, if you like.

If you would like to register with us for an Associate library membership, please complete the application form and send it to us. We’ll do the rest!

Help and support

We have written documentation available for these digital services, and can provide support over the phone, or organise an in-person visit with a staff member or volunteer.
Visit Contact and help.

Privacy policy

Blind Low Vision NZ’s BookLink application does not collect or transmit any user’s personal information, with the exception of technical information included in HTTP requests (such as the IP address). No personal information is used, stored, secured or disclosed by services this application works with. If you would like to report any violations of this policy, please contact us at applications@blindlowvision.org.nz.