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One of the highlights of my day is to browse several emails I receive that list free e-books. A lot of it is dreck (many self-published books on Kindle's free publishing platform sorely needed editors). But virtually every day, I find something interesting.

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The average price of Kindle best sellers on Amazon.com (AMZN) is rising steeply. E-book prices go from 99 cents for unknown and self-published authors to $20 or more for new books from household names, such as John Grisham, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.

I now have more than 3,000 free e-books on my Kindle and iPad. Many are from Project Gutenberg, which includes books whose copyrights have expired (these are generally a century old). Other, I have borrowed from openlibrary.org (check to see if your local library participates). Authors also briefly offer their books as freemium promotions (sometimes for just a day) in hopes that you'll read them and tell all your friends about them. And bestsellers and new books do appear on these lists occasionally. These may even be available on your own public library's e-reader platform.

Free, Free, Free

These sites for free e-books span the genres, including self-help, children's fantasy, romance, mystery, Christian, erotica and nonfiction. I've found that having an Amazon account is the best access. Also, it's easy to cancel an order if by accident you buy a book that is not free.

  • You can sign up for ZeroFrictionBooks' daily email list or browse the books with the covers on the site. Links are to buy free on Amazon.
  • Bookbub.com lists deals and freebies with links to buy on Kobo from Indigo (IDGBF), Apple (AAPL), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Amazon. It also lists when the deal expires.
  • PixelOfInk links to Amazon.
  • ChoosyBookworm links to Amazon.
  • BookGorilla.com has some freebies but mostly good deals.
  • OpenCulture.com lists free e-books as well as free movies, courses and more.
  • At Amazon, type in "free Kindle e-books." Today's list had almost 60,000 available. And you don't need a Kindle. Just search for free Kindle apps for your mobile device,

I check these almost daily since many freebies are one-day only or may only be free for Amazon Prime members. I've snapped up several financial books for free that retail for close to $100.
Write for Free E-Books

A more unusual way to get free e-books is to write brief reviews. I've written reviews on Amazon under a nom de plume, not in the hopes of garnering free books, but just to vent. Since then, I've received several offers to review books for authors. The easiest way to become a reviewer is simply to read an ebook from Amazon on your device. At the end, there will usually be a page asking for a recommendation. Write your honest thoughts, and ta-da, you're now a reviewer. A new site called StoryCartel allows you to download a book if you write a review afterward. It has its own standards available on site.

Either a Borrower or a Lender Be

Amazon Prime members can borrow many e-books for free through the Kindle Owners Lending Library You don't need Prime to lend to friends, but there are limitations — the loan can be active for just for two weeks, for example. BookLending.com allows readers to lend to each other, risk-free. Lendle is similar, no Kindle required.

If none of these free choices satisfy you, scribd.com, often called the Netflix (NFLX) of literature gives access to 300 books a month for $8.99.

Now, with all these books, you'll feel like "The Twilight Zone" book lover finding himself among countless books in a post-apocalyptic era, only wishing for enough time to read them.

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Recently several of my students have been plagued with adware and malware….AND…Every so often my computer gets infected with malware and adware too and just uninstalling and wiping the browsers does not do the complete job. So if you open a site, even one you know is good and a voice comes up(which is aweful when using talking software) and ad pops up saying their ad, then you are infected. This next option worked well, though I did not download all the software at the end of their to do list, as I plan on just going through this option of picking out the problems each time as it is good to just get a clean start every now and again to rid yourself of other problems you may not be aware of—–Here is the site:

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-adware-popup-ads/

Happy Cleaning

7-128 Software has just published the 2014 edition of the Top 25 Web Sites for Gamers who are Blind.  This list included where to find FREE and commercial games that are blind accessible, game reviews and information regarding games that are blind accessible, and forums and blogs visited by the blind gaming community.

The web sites are ranked according to the criteria at the end of the list, and contain detailed descriptions to make it easier to find what you need.  There is a direct link to each site.

This information is totally FREE.  No registration is required.  

The list can be found at: http://www.7128.com/top25/topsitesblind.html

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released two documents that provide important information regarding the use of emerging technology in educational settings:

  1. On June 29, 2010, ED and DOJ issued a joint Dear Colleague Letter to college and university presidents outlining the legal requirements concerning the use of electronic book readers and other emerging technology in institutions of higher education.
  2. One year later, on May 26, 2011, as a follow-up to this Dear Colleague Letter, ED issued a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the legal obligations of schools (both elementary/secondary and post-secondary) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the use of emerging technology.

Together, these two documents provide helpful guidance for schools to consider in ensuring that students with disabilities enjoy equal access to educational benefits and opportunities when information and resources are provided through the use of technology.

Find out more at: Equal Access to Learning (OCR & DOJ)

Product Specifications

  • Handheld digital microscope powered by a 2.0 USB cable
  • Built-in 2MP digital camera for snapshot images and videos
  • Power: 10x to 40x and 150x
  • LED Illumination
  • CD-ROM contains software for basic image capture and organization as well as simple measurement function (on Windows based operating systems)
  • Computer Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, or XP; most MAC 10.4.9 and later, CD/DVD Drive and open USB port
  • Dimensions: 4.25″ x 1.25″
  • Weight: 4 oz
  • Drivers available for download

Go to: Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope for more information

Bookshare now available through the CNIB Library!

CNIB clients can now sign up for a free one-year subscription to Bookshare, an accessible online library for people with qualifying print disabilities! Why join Bookshare?

· Access over 110,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, novels, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, foreign-language books and more!

· Get timely access to books at or near the same time print titles hit the bookstore.

· Read books with text-to-speech, enlarged font, or refreshable braille.

· Read books using a variety of technologies: computers, Apple iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, MP3 players, braille displays and more. Download books in DAISY Text, DAISY Audio, MP3, and Braille Ready Format. Note: DAISY Audio and MP3 books from Bookshare are in synthetic speech, not human narration.

Subscriptions through the CNIB Library are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up for Bookshare today!

More Info, Go to CNIB

I teach all skills virtually. This is a video with a blind student and we are practicing braille reading. I have already made sure her finger positioning are perfect on the page due to extensive training in the first couple years of braille instruction. Now she just needs practice to gain speed and fluency.

With virtual instruction, we can connect when it is most convenient for us. No one has to drive anywhere. She actually wakes up, turns to her computer and begins her lesson first thing in the morning. Then she begins her day. She has learned all her Skype talking software skills, so texts me as soon as she is ready. I say “yes” and she makes the call and we begin her lesson.

The ideal is combining face to face and virtual lessons. Face to face to make those “people” connections and then virtual to deliver the quantity of instruction that must be had in order to gain the skills necessary to be successful in academics.

Watch this YouTube video to get an idea of how to teach virtually and increase your student’s skills: Teaching Braille reading fluency…..virtually

Chemist Dr Cary Supalo, who is himself blind, has a web-based site called Independence Science which is dedicated to making Science, and specifically Chemistry, accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.

The Talking LabQuest (TLQ) is the latest in scientific access technology for the blind and the only device developed to improve hands-on experiments in the laboratory. This hand-held, portable computer allows a student to collect and analyze data independently or within a lab group of their sighted peers. Open a world of opportunity for a student who is blind or low vision in STEM fields of study with the ISci Lab Solution. Hear or view this video below for an overview of how the TLQ feels, operates, and completes an experiment.

Go to Independence Science

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