Recently, the Westonaria Public Library hosted the launch of an e-book service for all Gauteng libraries.
Three workstations for the blind and visually impaired were installed that will enable users to scan printed material, read texts in Braille using a Braille keyboard, and print out texts using either a Braille printer or an ordinary one. Here, they will also be able to search the internet as each station is equipped with a PC. The workstations will also allow users to write texts on a mechanical Braille typesetting machine, and have content displayed on the screen in a large format using Magic Software.
This pilot project is set to roll out to the entire country, bringing e-book access to both blind and sighted members of society. Blind SA President, Cathy Donaldson, who attended the launch, commented: “This is an absolutely historic event for all visually impaired people.”