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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Port Plus

Book Port Plus

Read Digital Talking Books, play digital audio, read computer files, and make superb recordings with Book Port Plus™!

Book Port Plus represents the latest generation of accessible media player/recorders. Its small size, quality recording, and unique capabilities make it an ideal replacement for older technology like cassette player/recorders, earlier Digital Talking Book (DTB) players, or inaccessible commercial digital recorders. Its specialized hardware and software makes Book Port Plus easier to use, more reliable, and more flexible than cell phones or PCs that might perform some of its functions.

The quality components and innovative software make Book Port Plus an excellent music player and outstanding recorder. The reading controls let you read a wide variety of books in both audio (human speech) and text (synthetic speech) format. Its ability to create Digital Talking Book recordings is unique.

Book Port Plus contains state-of-the-art hardware:

  • High-speed USB lets you read NLS DTB cartridges, thumb drives, and USB CD-ROM drives
  • High capacity SD™ card support -- up to 32GB
  • Stereo microphone jack
  • Stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Built-in microphone

What Can I Read on Book Port Plus?

  • Digital Talking Books from National Library Service (NLS). These books include both downloaded titles and titles sent in the mail on a cartridge.
  • Digital Talking Books from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). You may download titles from their website and listen with the Book Port Plus, or you may order titles on CD. Note: An optional USB-powered CD-ROM drive, available from commercial vendors, is required to play the CD directly from the Book Port Plus.
  • Digital Talking Books from www.bookshare.org
  • Audio books from www.audible.com
  • Text-based books from various sites on the internet, for example: www.gutenberg.org
  • Books you scan using optical character recognition software

Note: The unit must be authorized through RFB&D or NLS to play recordings from these organizations. You also need to have an account to use www.bookshare.org

Recording

Book Port Plus' recording capabilities are unmatched and perform better than many dedicated digital recorders.

The Book Port Plus recorder supports:

  • Both auto gain control and manual level setting
  • Ability to monitor recording
  • Accessible peak meter guidance
  • Append to recordings
  • Edit recordings
  • Turn a recording into a DTB
  • Extremely high quality, quiet audio pre-amp

All shipments will incur actual UPS shipping rates based on the destination.

Book Port Plus:
Catalog Number: 1-07191-00
Click this link to purchase the Book Port Plus from APH.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
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Phone: 502-895-2405
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A Week With the Book Port Plus: An In-Depth Review

Access4 Us spent some time with the Book Port Plus and created the following review.

Click this link to read the Access4 Us review of the Book Port Plus.
How Does the Plextalk Pocket Differ From the Book Port Plus?

Introduction to the Book Port Plus

APH 150th Anniversary Essay Contest

Listen to Narrated Excerpt
First Place Winner: Grades 3-5
Mohamed Hadi Somji

WHY ME, WHY NOT?

On October 17th, a blushing baby was born to the tropical breeze of African land. In three day's time, the newborn suffered from hypoglycemia, damaging his nerves, visually impairing him for life. Devastated, his parents fled to London for immediate treatment. No treatment could be performed, leaving them to pray for his well-being and success. Realizing their child would not be given opportunities in Africa, they moved to America to unlock his potential.

The move was extremely hard to adapt, and I was put into a school feeling odd and helpless, amidst regular people. At that moment, I wished to be like them. I wished to be able to see, to play games, to read. I opened my eyes to see this was never possible since I was legally blind. When I arrived home that day, mom had ordered APH products from a catalog provided by the Division of Blind Services. Soon, I received books with large print, an electronic magnifier, a visual globe, and a talking book player! I started to glow inside, and felt as if I had a chance to be independent. Why couldn't I be the next scientist, or the greatest writer? Why me, why not?

1 comment:

The weird writer said...

not quite a review but it is ok.

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