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 blindness 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 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 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.
EasyReader Subscription Service
Recently Dolphin, who develop the EasyReader app, have launched an EasyReader Subscription service.
- The EasyReader app remains free to download and use. Members and clients will continue to access audiobooks, magazines and newspapers at no cost to them.
- The EasyReader premium subscriptions are optional, and are not required to access Blind Low Vision content.
- Most of the added features are around synchronising settings across multiple devices such as bookmarks, font colours and styles and reading positions.
- There are new features for schools, colleges and universities, but they are currently only available in the UK, Sweden, USA and Canada.
There will be new features added, we will keep you informed as soon as we know.
Blind Low Vision NZ Library EasyReader Set Up
You will need
- A Dolphin account
- An Amazon account
- A mobile device, such as an Apple product (iPhone, iPad), or an Android phone or tablet
Follow these steps to install EasyReader
Note The Blind Low Vision NZ Library collection can only be accessed be people who have a print disability as defined in the Copyright Act 1994
If you require instructions in alternative formats contact Blind Low Vision NZ 0800 24 33 33
- Download the EasyReader App
Download the EasyReader app to your mobile device from Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Call Blind Low Vision NZ
Call Blind Low Vision NZ (0800 24 33 33) to link your Amazon account with our library service.
- If you don’t have an Amazon account, please register one with http://amazon.com.au
- Login to EasyReader
Login with your Dolphin, Apple, or Google account. Select ‘Login’ to continue.
- This is required for some features to work, like synchronising books across devices.
- Add the Blind Low Vision Library
To add the Blind Low Vision NZ Library select the side menu. This is the button at the top left and looks like a stack of books
- Manage Libraries
Select ‘Manage Libraries’ to display a list of libraries.
- Set Blind Low Vision Library
Switch the ‘Blind Low Vision NZ’ button to on. Blind Low Vision NZ will now be displayed in the side menu.
- Log on with Amazon
Select Blind Low Vision NZ from the side menu to Login. Select ‘Continue’
- Amazon Sign-in
Select ‘Continue with Login with Amazon’ to continue
- We require this to meet our legal obligations to the Copyright Act 1994.
- Enter username and password
Login with your Amazon username and password and select the ‘Sign-in’ Button
- Select ‘Keep me signed in’ make accessing the Blind Low Vision NZ collection faster.
- Complete Sign-in
Select Allow to complete Amazon Sign in
- Setup complete
Setup is now complete. You can now search through the Blind Low Vision collection of books, magazines and newspapers.
For digital resources you can download and print, go to Library Contact and Help Page
YouTube video of setting up EasyReader
Technology Podcast on EasyReader
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:
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.