What accessibility features are available for Kortext eBooks?

You may find the Kortext accessibility statement helpful. 

Texthelp Read & Write software (which is installed on all Library PCs) provides accessibility tools (see the Library website Software page for more information).

The eBooks can be read online. It is not possible to download them.

The accessibility options available will depend on whether the book is available in PDF or EPUB format.

Kortext also offers an app for MacOS, iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows 10. Follow these instructions: How do I download Kortext eBook reader? The app allows you to change font size, font and background colour and to use the Read Aloud tool. A video tutorial is available on the Kortext website how to use the Kortext Mobile Apps Reader.

How can I have an eBook read aloud to me?

Read online - PDF:

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Read & Write software?

Kortext Reader app - PDF:

Highlight the text you want to have read aloud and press the Read Aloud option from the menu that appears.  Alternatively, if you want to read the whole page click the menu button (3 vertical dots) and choose Read Aloud (on Android) or Voiceover (for Mac and iPhone).  On Windows 10 press the Read Aloud button on the toolbar.  Whilst having text read aloud a toolbar will appear on screen which allows you to stop the reading or to change the voice settings.

Read online – EPUB:

Microsoft Edge browser Read Aloud tool:

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by following these instructions: What is “Read Aloud” and how do I use it?

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have online text read aloud to me using Read & Write software? If that does not work, you can try these instructions instead: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Read & Write software?

Kortext Reader app - EPUB:

Highlight the text you want to have read aloud and press the Read Aloud option from the menu that appears.  Alternatively, if you want to read the whole page click the menu button (3 vertical dots) and choose Read Aloud (on Android) or Voiceover (for Mac and iPhone).  On Windows 10 press the Read Aloud button on the toolbar.  Whilst having text read aloud a toolbar will appear on screen which allows you to stop the reading or to change the voice settings.

How can I change the font colour in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Read online - PDF:

There is no inbuilt option to change the font colour. You may be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Kortext Reader app - PDF:

Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia

Read online - EPUB:

Click on the Display Options button  ‚Äčin the top right.  From here you can choose from dark or sepia tone.

Kortext Reader app - EPUB:

Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia.  On Windows 10 you can also change the font style.

How can I change the background colour in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings

Read online - PDF:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour. You may be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Kortext Reader app - PDF:

Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia

Read online - EPUB:

Click on the Display Options button  in the top right.  From here you can choose from dark or sepia tone.

Kortext Reader app - EPUB:

Click on the Display Options button  . From there you can choose from the colour Tones: black text on a white background, white text on a black background or sepia

How can I change the text size in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to make text on your screen appear larger using inbuilt features of your operating system.  

Read online - PDF:

Inbuilt zoom options:

You can choose between different zoom levels by clicking the zoom in and out   buttons in the top right-hand corner.

Browser settings:

You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key.  Press Ctrl/command and 0 to set the zoom level back to default.  When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level)..

Kortext Reader app - PDF:

Click on the Display Options button  . Change the Text Size using the plus and minus buttons.  When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

On an iPhone you can increase the text size by using the standard pinch to zoom method (place two fingers on the screen and spread them out to zoom in or pinch them together to zoom out). When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

Read online - EPUB:

Inbuilt zoom options:

Click on the Display Options button  in the top right then use the Text Size buttons to increase or decrease text size.

Browser settings:

You can change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key.  Press Ctrl/command and 0 to set the zoom level back to default.  When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

Kortext Reader app - EPUB:

Click on the Display Options button  . Change the Text Size using the plus and minus buttons.  When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjust itself to fit on the screen at the new zoom level). 

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