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Transcript: how do Apple and Google compare?

Roberta: Both Apple and Google have received a lot of attention about the accessibility of their mobile operating systems, iOS and Android. Today we are joined in the studio by Sarah Pulis, Manager of Digital Media and Technology, from Media Access Australia, who’s going to talk to us about the different approaches that Apple and Google have taken in their mobile operating systems and what this means for you. Welcome, Sarah.

Sarah: Thanks very much, Roberta.

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US Government releases FAQs for accessible eReader laws and rules

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The United States Department of Education has released a new guide that provides further clarification for schools and colleges about the laws and rules they must follow to ensure eBook readers and other emerging technologies are accessible to all students.

The guide is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter that was sent to college and university presidents expressing concern that these institutions were using electronic book readers that were inaccessible to people who were blind or vision impaired.

The FAQs, released on 26 May 2011, reinforce that the same considerations apply to:

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RNIB video shows impact of eBooks for the blind and vision impaired

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom has released a YouTube video that talks about the impact that eBooks and eBook readers have on the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.

An eBook is an electronic version of a print book that can be read on an eReader, which is a specific device for viewing eBooks, or other portable devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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Apple iPad and iBooks

An apple iPad can be used as an eReader through the use of an app called iBooks, which is free in the apple store. iBooks can read aloud eBooks downloaded or purchased through the book store. It can also open ePub and PDF documents available on the device.

The accessibility features for iBooks are:

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Google Android and Play Books

Android devices can be used as an eReader by using an app called Play Books, which can be downloaded from Google Play. Books can read aloud eBooks that are downloaded or purchased. The app also read ePub books stored on the device.

The accessibility features for Play Books include:

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