VitalSource Bookshelf v 4.2.2 (iOS 11.3)
Name VitalSource Bookshelf
Operating System iOS
Operating System Version
Assistive technology VoiceOver
Assistive technology features Touch/Gestures, Screenreader/Self-voicing
Last Updated June 8, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Version 4.3.1 was evaluated under ios 11.3.1 for non-visual accessibility with Voiceover. Visual adjustment test results are contained in another evaluation.
VitalSource v4.3.1 was evaluated on the iPhone using ios11.3.1 with VoiceOver . The system itself worked well in terms of access to material in an ebook. It could use a good deal more helpful information getting established in loading books into the library from the VitalSource store. There were functions like inserting notes that looked possible but no info on how. Furthermore, while audio functions worked well, it was light on ability to change visual appearances such as font size or contrast.
Operating system accessibility
There was a difficulty getting app installed where a checkbox could not be accessed with VoiceOver. After installation all was well.
Reading system activation
Though this is true after a book has been downloaded, I could not access a new book without calling technical support. This may be a matter of inadequate help information.
The test book was uploaded into the user account by the developers. Side loading of EPUB files is either not supported or not obvious to the end users.
Navigate to chapters through the Table of Contents
Navigate content by pages
Navigate by reflowed page number
Read navigation information
The location information is available in the bottom of the screen. To start reading again the last reading position needs to be located in the screen.
Perform a search, review the search results
Highlights, Notes, and Bookmarks
Add a Bookmark or Highlight
Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights
Add a note
Notes can be added by double tap and hold. Text cannot be highlighted precisely with Voiceover. Notes are apparently not supported in sideloaded books.
While the read allowed and screenreader system both use VoiceOver, they read at different locations and settings. It can be diffcicult to get read aloud to stop following along and move to a new place.
Stop and resume reading
The Read Aloud feature should continue until interrupted by the user
All text should be read in the proper order
Change Read Aloud reading speed
Text to Speech handles punctuations and document structure appropriately