ReadHowYouWant

Braille

The Research and Production team at Read How You Want has invested considerable time and energy to developing systems for creating Braille files that are:

The process is done in three stages:

Read How You Want has developed a house style for Braille that can support automated transcription while maintaining accuracy. Please contact us if you would like to order any books in Braille.

Braille Samples
A Refreshable Braille Display device is required to read our Braille files.

US Literary Format
"The Book of Tea" in two Volumes

ASCII Braille files

Visual Braille files

US Text Format

ASCII Braille files

Visual Braille files

GENERAL TRANSCRIBER'S NOTES

These books are transcribed using the Carnegie Mellon Dictionary, and only the words found in it are contracted. Therefore any place names, foreign words, proper names, company names, and trademarks not in this dictionary are not contracted. Words which are not in the dictionary and could be pronounced differently in different countries are not contracted either. Words in the Braille text are not split across lines at line ends because this makes reading more difficult, it may exclude newer Braille readers and the benefits in terms of page reduction are minimal. A book which is originally in British English will not be edited into American English so it will be Brailled as it is in print.

In the print edition, if any word has been hyphenated at the end of a line for typesetting reasons, we will remove the hyphens in any of these words. If a joined contraction occurs across a page break, it will be put on the following page e.g. if "to" is on one page and "the" is on the next--the contracted "to" will be attached to "the" on the next page. If words are capitalized in the beginning of a chapter or section, we have purposely left the words capitalized because we have located some instances where it could be misleading to present these words in lower case. Making the decision will require manual intervention which will be expensive, and may require knowledge of the content that the editor may not have. The dividing of a book into volumes is being done automatically. The process works but the place chosen to start the next volume can be improved and will be addressed in a later version of the software.
Note:Read How You Want Data conversion and Braille production system only support text based fiction and non-fiction books. Complex books like Subject books and Mathematical books are not supported by our system.