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Book Port Plus

Updated on October 1, 2014

BookPort Plus: State of the Art Personal Recording Device

Last summer the Lions Club provided my daughter a BookPort Plus, the new personal recording device from American Printing House for the Blind (APH). My daughter loves this device and carries it with her wherever she goes.

The BookPort Plus lets you download talking book files, MP3 files or audible files, storing them on a removable SD card. You can also make personal recordings onto an SD card using the BookPort Plus built-in microphone.

The BookPort Plus also has a built-in clock and calendar, making it a great personal organization tool.

With all that the BookPort Plus is capable of, as a sighted person I do not find it all that intuitive to use. My daughter, who is totally blind, does find it easy to use, but sometimes she needs help with downloading files. I am looking forward to the day I can turn this task over to her, but until then I find myself in the unenviable role of being her technology guru.

I decided to organize the best BookPort Plus tutorials and other information here. It will help me be organized, and perhaps help someone else in the process. If you are a parent or teacher of the visually impaired, learning how to use the BookPort Plus, this webpage will help you find the solution to your technology problem.

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Introduction to the Book Port Plus

Chase is a very articulate young man who gives us a thorough introduction and overview of the new Book Port Plus.

What Can I Download to My Book Port Plus?

Digital Talking Books from Bookshare.org - Download to the Book Port Plus

You can download digital talking books from Bookshare.org directly to your Book Port Plus. Bookshare has thousands of titles. My daughter has been able to find almost any book she has been looking for with only a few exceptions.

You will need a Bookshare account, which is available to individuals with a qualifying print disability. A Bookshare account is free to students.

My daughter and I highly recommend this service! Click here to learn more!

When downloading books from Bookshare, you will need to extract or unzip the files, then find them on the Book Transfer software that came with your Book Port Plus. Highlight them on the Book Transfer Software, then press send or send folder to copy the files from your computer to your Book Port Plus or SD card.

National Library Service - Download Books to the Book Port Plus

You can also download books from the National Library Service (NLS) onto your Book Port Plus. You will need a membership to the NLS. Click the link below for more information.

You will also need a key from APH to listen to the BARD books on your Book Port Plus. When you let the NLS know you will be using your Book Port Plus to listen to their books, they will notify APH who will send you an electronic key to download onto your device.

When downloading BARD books from the NLS, do not unzip the files. Simply download, then locate the folder on the Book Transfer Software. Select send folder to move the files to your Book Port Plus.

Learning Ally - Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

You can also download titles from Learning Ally, which as formerly known as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), onto your Book Port Plus. You will need a membership to Learning Ally to access their materials.

An individual or family membership is $99 per year, but you can try it out free for 30 days.

Audible.com - Download these Books to the Bookport Plus

Audible.com is basically an online audible bookstore. You must have a membership to utilize the service, but it is available to anyone. You do not need to have any type of disability to use the services of Audible.com.

Books Should Be Free

What a great site for downloading books from the public domain. These are old stories whose authors have been dead at least 75 years; many are classics like Black Beauty, Little Women and Treasure Island. The downloading time seems a bit long, but if you are not in a hurry you can find some real treasures here!

Project Gutenberg - More books to download to the Book Port Plus

Project Gutenberg has digitalized almost 40,000 books with expired copyrights. You can access them using your Book Port Plus. The Project Gutenberg service is free to everyone.

MP3 Files from Amazon - Download Music Files to the Book Port Plus

One of my daughter's favorite things is to spend a little bit of money on a Friday afternoon at the Amazon website on a big album she can listen to over the weekend.

This is an example of the type of album she loves to download onto her Book Port Plus.

Mozart - 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces: Rise of the Masters
Mozart - 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces: Rise of the Masters

You get 100 Mozart masterpieces for under three bucks! That's over 11 hours of music. What a bargain!

 

Free MP3 Music Downloads from Amazon - You can download to the Book Port Plus

My daughter loves finding free MP3 files to download from Amazon! She often makes purchases as well, but the free files are a lot of fun and let her try something she might not otherwise have been exposed to.

Here are some free MP3 downloads she has enjoyed and thought you might like as well.

Native American Flute Lullabies
Native American Flute Lullabies

We love this relaxing album. Great for background while studying or napping.

 
Bloodshot Records: Fun For All Ages Sampler
Bloodshot Records: Fun For All Ages Sampler

"Kids" music does not have to be trite and mind-numbing. These are fun and silly songs our whole family loves!

 

How Do I Use my Book Port Plus?

Book Port Plus Tutorial

My friend, Nalida Lacet Besson, made these wonderful tutorials. They are so helpful when you are learning to use your Book Port Plus. I have found her descriptions to be thorough and easy to understand.

Let Nalida walk you through the Book Port Plus. This may be the easiest way to learn this device on the web!

Storage Device for Your Book Port Plus

Your Book Port Plus comes with a 2GB SD card, but you will want to upgrade to a larger storage device.

You will probably want to have at least two SD cards for your Book Port Plus: One for your books and one for your music. Because of storage limitations imposed by the transfer software, you may even want more cards to store various genres of music or books. For example, perhaps you will store your textbooks on one SD card and the books you are reading for pleasure on another.

AmazonBasics SDHC Class 4 32GB Secure Digital Card
AmazonBasics SDHC Class 4 32GB Secure Digital Card

The Book Port Plus supports up to 32 GB of space in your storage device.

 

What are your thoughts on the Book Port Plus? - Do you have one? Have you used it? Would you like to?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The Book Port Plus really sounds like a great gadget for the blind

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of good tips here for anyone using one a Book Port Plus.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Looks like a lot crammed into one device - so a good tutorial like this will be invaluable.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      looks like a good idea, but I can see where the technology would throw me a bit..