Using Kurzweil 3000 Professional to Read a Book from Bookshare

You need to have the professional version of Kurzweil 3000 installed on your machine. (The LearnStation does not have options for converting printed text into a digital format.)

I have been recommending to our students with “print disabilities” to become individual members of for many years.  Text to speech software has changed over the years and for those who use Kurzweil 3000 versions 10 and up, the process is a little different.  I have written a how-to for one way to get the Kurzweil 3000 Professional version to read the texts because I have had several students ask what they were doing wrong after not seeing the entire book.

Using Kurzweil to Read a Book from

1. First login to your Bookshare account and find the book you want to read. Download the book by selecting the Daisy file, the other file is Braille.  This example is for           downloading the The Norton Anthology of American Literature (Shorter 7th edition).
2.  Select  Open with button, with WinZip Executable (default) filled in.  All
Bookshare  books are compressed to save on download time which means the files are
zipped and before you can read them, the files need to be unzipped.  Then select OK.
3.  A WinZip window may open, wanting you to agree to its license agreement.
Select I agree.
4.  A window wanting to know where you wish the unzipped files to be stored so browse until you find the correct folder.

5.  Before the download actually begins, a window wanting your password will open so enter your password again.
6.  This is a screen shot of the Norton Anthology of American Literature files in my “unzipped bookshare” folder.
7.  Open the XML Document file; depending on the length of the book, the file size can be very large so it might take a bit before it opens fully.
8. Once it is open, select File> Print.  If you have the professional version of Kurzweil, a KESI Virtual Printer will appear in the printer list. This is a virtual printer which converts the open file into a Kurzweil or .kesi file.  Again, depending on the size of the book, it might take awhile for Kurzweil to convert each page.
9.  Once Kurzweil is finished converting the book, you can save it as a .kesi file (a Kurzweil file) to your computer’s hard drive.

Tip if you can’t open the book in any file format.

You probably forget to select Open with and selected Save File instead.
If this is the case, go to your browser’s download page, usually another window or tab in the browser tab along the bottom toolbar.

Select the .zip book file.
1. Choose Extract All from the File menu. (It’s on the top of the left column)
2. Choose a location for saving the files and enter your password.



About digitaltext

Digital Text Coordinator at Landmark College in Putney, VT; a 2 year college for students who learn differently.
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