by Ellen Ringlein
The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market is the conduit through which our organization distributes our empowering literature to our members, friends, and the general public. As a service we also operate a blindness products store which sells mostly low-tech items designed to enhance the everyday independence of blind people.
Gaining access to print is an ongoing need blind people face. Since the early 2000s the National Federation of the Blind has been involved with developing a portable reading solution known as the KNFB Reader. These days the KNFB Reader is an easy-to-use app that runs on an iOS- or Android-based device. The app enables one to take a photo of printed text, which is then read aloud in clear synthetic speech almost instantaneously. One can either listen to the text or read it with a connected Braille display. The app makes it super easy to independently access print on the go. Use it to read mail, both letters and bills; restaurant menus; receipts; class handouts; medical reports; legal documents; food package labels; owner's manuals; books; and much more. The app has built-in features, making it easier for the user to take the best photo such as viewfinder assist, tilt assist, and auto text detection. Moreover, the app can read multiple pages, image-based PDF, and JPEG files. Some low vision users will find the synchronized-text-highlighting feature very helpful. The app also supports multiple languages. With the KNFB Reader app you can make the print yours and live the life you want.
The KNFB Reader app has been available in the Apple App store and the Google Play store for some time. Now, with the new KNFB Reader Enterprise product, one can have access to the KNFB Reader app on multiple devices across multiple platforms. Two-, three-, and four-device versions are available for purchase from the Independence Market for $99.99, $139.99, and $169.99 respectively.
For more information about the KNFB Reader app visit https://nfb.org/knfbreader. You may also contact KNFB Reader technical support through email at [email protected] or call (347) 422-7085. To purchase a version of KNFB Reader Enterprise visit https://nfb.org/independence-market and click on “Our Products.” You will find all versions under “KNFB Reader Licenses and Accessories.” You may also purchase KNFB Reader Enterprise by calling the Independence Market at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216.
For more information about the products and literature available from the Independence Market or to request a catalog in Braille or in print, visit us online at https://nfb.org/independence-market. You may also contact the Independence Market by email at [email protected] or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2216, from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our staff will be glad to assist.