Questions and Answers

- Who are your software for ?

The ABRI software is suitable for anyone who is confronted with a strong limitation of his or her movement possibilities. Tetraplegia, Cerebral Motor Disability, but also Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Polyarthritis, Old Age...

- How is your software different from other eBook readers?

ABRI is a software for reading digital books in ePub format designed to be used with a single voluntary movement. It is enough to be able to "click" in one way or another. Or by pressing a key on the keyboard, or clicking the mouse (left click), or pressing a touch screen without having to aim by pressing anywhere on the screen, or by using a switch that takes one of these possibilities (Blink an eye, move a muscle...).

The interfaces take into account possible associated disorders:

Attention disorders: By using a scanning system with a high visual impact with the possibility of adding a sound effect that reinforces the process.

Vision disorders: By allowing you to choose the size of the text from the book on the screen as well as the typography (with or without serif)

Slow movements: By selecting the scanning speed of the interfaces.

- Is ABRI suitable for Seniors?

It is well known that innovations from the world of disability often end up being useful for able-bodied people. This is the case of ABRI, its ease of use, its clear interfaces and its interaction mode that requires little movement make it a digital book reader particularly adapted for seniors.

- What uses can we make of ABRI ?

Reading, of course, for the pleasure of learning and discovery.

For school integration, when a caregiver has computer skills, or for rehabilitation professionals, using one's own ePubs with ABRI offers great freedom of choice.

It is also easy to save content in ePub format, especially with software such as Libre Office (free and open source software), so it's like typing text into a word processor and exporting it to ePub format.

- And if I want to read a recent book ?

With ABRI, you can read any ePub of your choice, as long as it does not include a DRM, a "Digital Right Management" system. The alternative to DRM, in addition to unprotected epubs, is the Watermark.

- DRM, Watermark, what is it?

DRMs are locks put in place by some publishers to combat illegal copying.

A more universal process, LCP, allowing, among other things, access to public and digital lending libraries, has been developed by EdrLab. ABRI does not manage LCP at the moment but I am thinking of integrating it to allow access to these digital lending libraries.

Other publishers have opted for the "Watermark" system which is a discreet digital tattoo. The principle is that by validating the purchase of your ePub, information about you is recorded in the code of the ePub itself, so in case of massive diffusion of this ePub, the publishing house knows where this diffusion comes from. In other words, you can read this ePub on all your media (tablets, computers, readers), the whole family can read it on its own media, without any limitation of number. The Watermark system makes you the owner of the ePub, it belongs to you, but the counterpart is that you have a responsibility towards the author and the publisher. This process preserves the copyright without blocking the reading of the ePub on certain types of players or software, contrary to DRM.

- Where can I find DRM-free ePubs ?

There is an offer of contemporary ePubs without DRM, you will find some on, Leanpub,...  Check that the format is "ePub without DRM" because some sites offer books with DRM and other books with Watermark. Do a search on the Internet and you will find bookstore sites that sell DRM-free ePubs. You will also find sites offering ePubs of public domain books, free and royalty-free.

French law introduces an exception to copyright in favour of people with disabilities. They can contact associations that benefit from this authorization to see if they are able to provide the requested work in a form readable by ABRI, i.e. in ePub format without DRM. Inform me of the regulations in your country, I will inform visitors of my website.

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