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

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 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.

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

  1. Download the EasyReader App
    Download the EasyReader app to your mobile device from Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Call Blind Low Vision NZ
    Call Blind Low Vision NZ (0800 24 33 33) to link your Amazon account with our library service.
  3. If you don’t have an Amazon account, please register one with http://amazon.com.au
  4. Login to EasyReader
    Login with your Dolphin, Apple, or Google account. Select ‘Login’ to continue.
  5. This is required for some features to work, like synchronising books across devices.
  6. 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
  7. Manage Libraries
    Select ‘Manage Libraries’ to display a list of libraries.
  8. 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.
  9. Log on with Amazon
    Select Blind Low Vision NZ from the side menu to Login. Select ‘Continue’
  10. Amazon Sign-in
    Select ‘Continue with Login with Amazon’ to continue
  11. We require this to meet our legal obligations to the Copyright Act 1994.
  12. Enter username and password
    Login with your Amazon username and password and select the ‘Sign-in’ Button
  13. Select ‘Keep me signed in’ make accessing the Blind Low Vision NZ collection faster.
  14. Complete Sign-in
    Select Allow to complete Amazon Sign in
  15. Setup complete
    Setup is now complete. You can now search through the Blind Low Vision collection of books, magazines and newspapers.

EasyReader Resources

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:

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.