This would be a collaborative project between a number of
universities to get students to copy and paste novels and short
into excel documents, in hierarchical format - as a way for them
study the literature, and as an open source way of formatting the
literature to make it more
accessible to people who are blind or
have learning disabilities.
Having a book divided into increments would make it more
accessible to people who use screen readers or have difficulty
reading printed or digital text visually.
The reader could skip through the audio of the text in increments,
navigating by chapter or paragraph or sentence. This would make
reading audio text more like reading visual text - where the
reader has more of a choice of when to stop reading to allow
comprehension to catch up.
The fomatted versions could be made
available to google or a google-like search system, so that the
used and useful ones would rise to the top of the search results.
column A, row 1 -- the book title
column B row 2 -- the first chapter title
column C row 3 -- the first paragraph first sentence
column D row 3 -- the first paragraph second sentence, etc.
Then a simple system for reading them could be developed - a
open source spreadsheet with a screen reading voice and maybe a
hand held reading device with volume, speed, and arrow keys to
navigate between books and among the populated cells.