You Can Read files in firefly from Your Computer with the Click of a Button

Written by the Kurzweil Blog Team

"Wow!" is the word used to describe the newest feature in firefly. You can now open a file saved to your computer directly into firefly with the click of a button. No need to go to Kurzweil 3000 to convert a file to store to your library, and no scanning. Just start reading.

How does it work?

            Login to firefly, click on the "Your Computer" button, then select the file you’d like to read from your computer. It’s that simple.

What file types work with this new button?
You can open many of main file types using the new button in firefly. Files created in Word, saved as either a Rich Text (RTF) or Plain Text (TXT), and files already converted to Kurzweil—or KES files. You can even open a PDF and EPUB directly into firefly from your computer. If your file ends with those listed below, it can be opened and read in firefly with just one click.

  • .pdf
  • .doc
  • .epub
  • .rtf
  • .txt
  • .kes

Try the new button with these free sources for eBooks!
Now that you can open files with the click of a button, here are a few sources for eBooks to expand your library—without spending a penny.

  • ManyBooks
    ManyBooks provides many free eBooks available in many languages, and in many file formats including PDF, EPUB, and Plain Text—a total of 19 file formats in all.
  • Feedbooks
    Discover thousands of public domain books, both fiction and non-fiction, with this e-book retailer. Digital formats include PDF and Kindle. Did you know you can read Kindle files with Kurzweil 3000’s Image Reader?
  • Project Gutenberg
    Search through over 42,000 free eBooks with Project Gutenberg’s re-creation of classic literature library from paper books into digital books.
  • CK-12
    CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality curated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) content. Choose from thousands of free, standards-aligned STEM teaching resources including text, audio, and video files. Download files as PDFs, or use the Read the Web tool in Kurzweil 3000.
  • AccessText
    Help college students with disabilities succeed by getting their textbooks in a digital format. Basic subscriptions are free.
  • Bookshare
    Digital books and periodicals for individuals and organization that serve individuals with documented visual impairments, learning disabilities or physical disabilities. Offers over 200,000 titles for qualified students.


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