As promised, Learning Ally has brought their Link reading app to the Android platform. The new version joins counterparts for iOS, Chrome, Windows and Mac and allows members to read their over 80,000- available titles.
The app will play their selection of human-narrated books, mostly textbooks for students and also includes support for VOICEtext which will sync the text of book with the prerecorded narration. The app itself is free to download from Google Play.
Here's a list of features from the new app.
Listen to books online or offline even while device is locked
Together with your online account, track your student's or child’s reading progress
Adjustable speed (requires Android 6.0 and up), text size, text and highlighting color
Go to page and chapter navigation
30 second rewind capability
Add notes to bookmarks
Table of contents and page numbers match that of the same print edition
Add books to bookshelf right from your mobile device’s browser
Displayed book covers and audio format labels
*Compatible with TalkBack
And, it runs just fine on the $49 Amazon Kindle as well. The catch is you have to side-load the apk file, as it is not available in the Amazon app store. Do this by backing up your apk files on another android device (plenty of instructions on the net) or by downloading the apk file from one of the internet repositories, such as apkfree.com or apkpure.com. You can also sideload the google play store framework on to the Kindle, but I personally find this overkill when I just wanted a few apps that were not in the Amazon app store.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.