Electronic Text (E-Text)


Learning Support Services for Students with Disabilities (LSS) Electronic Text (e-text) Conversion Policy

If a student is eligible for Learning Ally membership:

  1. LSS shall not perform e-text conversion of materials that are available from Learning Ally in AudioPlus CD format.
  2. Before the start of each term, LSS will expect the student to provide a list of which course materials they need.
  3. LSS will then assign a Learning Ally Membership login.
  4. The student must have software or a specialized player to use materials from Learning Ally. PC Software currently is free for a license and portable players are available new for $345, or the student can use their own laptop or desktop computer for free. The student is responsible for the cost of this equipment. LSS staff may assist in ordering the equipment.

When Pacific University has determined e-text accommodation eligibility, or when a Learning Ally-eligible student's materials are not available in AudioPlusCD format:

  1. The student must inform LSS of the course materials that are to be converted. LSS may not be able to convert materials that contain certain foreign languages, significant quantities of mathematical notation, or other unique typographical constraints, all of which have limited transferability to continuous, ASCII plain-text.
  2. The student must provide LSS with a copy of the material that is to be converted to e-text. LSS staff may provide assistance to students in acquiring books from the campus bookstore; however, the student is still responsible for the cost of the material. Students may acquire used books whenever possible.
  3. LSS will complete converting the course material in as short a time as possible. The student may pick-up the book at LSS when conversion is complete and, as permitted by the bookstore's prevailing return and buy-back policies, return the book to the bookstore.
  4. While conversion is in progress, the student may check the book out from the LSS office if needed. This will necessarily lengthen the time it takes LSS to complete the conversion and release the book to the student.
  5. Whenever circumstances require a student to purchase two copies of the material, i.e. one for personal use and one for LSS to convert, LSS will make one attempt to acquire a copy from the publisher, in either hard-copy or electronic form, so as to offset the student's cost.

To arrange for taped textbooks/scanned texts:

If your LSS Accommodation Letter recommends taped or electronic texts, it's definitely worth your while to try them out.

• Submit a copy of your course syllabi to Learning Support Services (LSS) Office. We will      assign a membership for audiobook downloads from Learning Ally. If the textbook is

     not available on audiobook, then we will need to scan your textbook and convert it into      an e-reader format.


Learning Ally

The Learning Ally web page is www.learningally.org

This is the website where students will search for textbooks available in electronic form, players to play the textbooks and computer software. The site has an easy-to-use search menu, which enables the user to search for textbooks in a variety of ways. The site also allows the user to easily compare players and software before purchasing.

The players are priced starting at $345 and the software is free.

Pacific University Bookstore

The Pacific University Bookstore now provides access to digital textbooks through www.whywaitforbooks.com. Keep in mind that not all courses have digital textbooks. However, if one of your course's textbooks is available digitally and you request our e-text services, you must buy it. LSS will not scan a book that can be purchased digitally. To learn more, visit the bookstore website.

Voice Synthesizer Software

In order to utilize our e-text services, you need to have text-to-speech software installed on your computer. Here are some software suggestions:


Product Name System Requirements Versions and Prices Company Website
Key To Access
  • Windows 2000 or XP with 128 MB of RAM and access to a USB port
  • 1 AAA battery (lasts about 16 hours)

Note: The Key To Access enables you to take Assistive Software anywhere on a portable USB MP3 Player. By putting the MP3 Player into a USB Port, the floating tool bar appears and is ready to use. Software never needs to be installed. Your personal settings are saved so that no matter which computer you use, your settings will be the same.

$349.95 Created by Premier Assistive Technology
Adobe Acrobat Reader


  • Intel Pentium processor
  • Windows XP Pro or Home Edition (Service Pack 1 or 2), Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2), Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Server 2003 or Windows NT (Service Pack 6 or 6a)
  • 128MB RAM (256MB recommended)
  • 90MB hard disk space
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher), Netscape 7.1 (or 8.0), Firefox 1.0 or Mozilla 1.7


  • PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8, 10.3 or 10.4
  • 128MB RAM (256MB recommended)
  • Up to 110MB of available hard-disk space
  • Safari 1.2.2 browser supported for Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
  • Free
  • Professional: $449
Created by Adobe
Dragon Naturally Speaking 8
  • Intel® Pentium® III / 500 MHz processor (or equivalent AMD® processor)
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 500 MB hard disk space
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (SP1 or higher; includes XP Tablet Edition) Home and Professional, Millennium, 2000 (SP4 or higher)
  • Creative® Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone
  • Speakers
  • Web connection required for activation
  • Standard: $99.99
  • Preferred: $199.00
  • Professional: $795.99
Created by Nuance
  • Windows 98/ME/XP Home; JAWS Pro also works with Windows 2000/XP Professional and Media Center Editions
  • A processor capable of handling the requirements of the operating system in addition to any other programs you want to use with JAWS
  • Enough memory to run the operating system and any programs to be used with JAWS. Additional memory increases program performance
  • JAWS requires less than 200 MB of hard disk space for program and settings files. Additional space is required for the operating system, other programs, and Windows swap file.
  • Display adapter capable of at least 800 x 600 screen resolution with 16 bit color (1024 x 768 screen resolution with 32 bit color is recommended)
  • If you intend to use the Eloquence for JAWS software synthesizer, you need a sound card compatible with the version of Windows you are running. If you choose not to use Eloquence for JAWS, then you must have a JAWS compatible software or hardware speech synthesizer, or a refresh able Braille display.

  • Note: If you do not have a sound card, JAWS does not provide speech during installation.
  • Standard: $895
  • Professional: $1,095
Created by
Freedom Scientific
2nd Speech Center
  • Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
  • Intel® Pentium® Processor or compatible
  • 64 MB RAM
  • 10 MB available hard disk space
  • Sound Card
$39.95 Created by Zero2000
  • Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP
  • 500Mhz Processor
  • 64 MB RAM (128 recommended)
  • 500MB Disk Space
  • Free
  • Professional: $39.50
  • Enterprise: $69.50
Created by NaturalReader
IBM ViaVoice 10


  • Microsoft® Windows 98SE, 2000 Professional Service Pack 2 and XP Home & Professional Editions with an Intel® Pentium® 300 MHz processor and 256K L2 cache or equivalent (including AMD K6® with 256K
    (L2 cache)
    Microsoft Windows ME with Intel Pentium III 600 MHz processor and 256K L2 cache or AMD Athlon TM 600 MHz with 256 L2 on-chip cache
  • 64 MB RAM for Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows ME
  • 96 MB RAM (Windows 2000)
  • 192 MB RAM (Windows XP Home and Pro)
  • USB port for USB microphone input
  • 510 MB hard drive space
  • Quad-speed CD-ROM drive or faster
G3/G4 Mac computers supporting:
  • Mac OS X 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3
  • At least a 300 MHz G3 processor
  • 192 MB RAM (256 recommended)
  • 600 MB hard drive space
  • USB port
  • Audio output jack or USB speakers
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive


Note to Mac OS X Unix File System (UFS) users:


  • IBM ViaVoice for Mac OS X is designed to take advantage of the Extended File System, (HFS+). Installation of IBM ViaVoice for Mac OS X in a UFS volume is not supported
  • IBM ViaVoice for Mac OS X is optimized for a G4 processor. Power Mac G3 and PowerBook G3 systems introduced before Aug 1998 or G3 system upgraded from older machines are not supported
  • Personal (Windows): $29.99
  • Standard (Windows): $49.99
  • Advanced (Windows): $79.99
  • Professional (Windows): $189.99
  • Mac OS X: $124.99
Created by Nuance


NOTE: This list of software is not regularly updated. Availability, system requirements and prices are subject to change, so be sure to check these things before purchasing software. Remember that there are a number of text-to-speech software available, so shop around and look for products and prices that fit your needs and budget. Some websites to help you find the best prices include: