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What is DoubleRead?

DoubleRead is an open ecosystem for creating and sharing bilingual e-texts

What are main components of DoubleRead?

  1. Books Library (available texts)
  2. Book Reader (implemented as HTML5 webpage, for both mobile and desktop browsers), sample book
  3. Book Editor (implemented as HTML5 webpage, for both mobile and desktop browsers)
  4. Registration and Logon mechanism to enable storage of private content on the server (for registered users)
  5. A lot of sophisticated additional tools and services, e.g. export tools and dictionary-based text alignment helpers

Can I start using DoubleRead RIGHT NOW, w/o any hassle like registration?

Yes you can. Go to Books Library and start reading bilingual e-text available. Takes less than 10 seconds. We made it as simple as possible.
And of course, no software installation is needed. All happens in your browser. It is just a web page.

How do I create new biligual e-texts?

You need to have original (monolingual) texts first, as normal text files. (We hope you will use legal, not stolen content, but we cannot control it). Then you go to Desktop version of the Editor and load those files into it. Then you click Import Button and you will get initial version of biligual book presented in a table. That initial version normally needs corrections. Initial sync is done based on common separators like dots and exclamation marks. Then you can read this book and as you progress, you can easily fix sync errors, via keystrockes and mouse clicks. We optimised this process to be as convenient as possible.

Can I start using Editor feature RIGHT NOW, w/o any hassle like registration?

Yes you can. No need to register to start creating bilingual texts. We made it as simple as possible. Registration is needed only to store intermediate results on server and to publish fully synchronized books to make it available to public.
And of course, no software installation is needed. All happens in your browser. It is just a web page.

Where intermediate results are stored?

They are stored in the browser internal storage. You can lose network connection, restart browser, restart computer - your work remains safe. You can clear it only by going to Browser Settings and explicitely clearing site data. If you need technical word describing how data is stored, it is "HMTL5 LocalStorage feature".

Registered users can store those intermediate results on server too, which is very convenient. This way, you can easily switch between working on different computers. For exmple, you can start syncing the book on your home Desktop, then save it on server, load it to your Tablet Device, continue reading and editing in a commuter train, save results on server, then continue on work PC.

You can also store intermediate results are normal text files. This way, you can avoid registration.

Can I read+synchronize new bilingual text on mobile device?

Yes you can. We created Mobile Editor for this. It is not so convenient to use as Desktop Editor, but you can still read and fix sync errors on a new e-text in a bus or in coffeshop, where you normally don't have big monitor.

When a new bilingual book is fully read and synchronized by me, what can I do with it?

You can share it with your friends if they have DoubleRead accounts so they will be able to read it from the Library. Access will be restricted to specified user names.

Or you can anonymously publish it in our Books Library to make available to EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD. This way you will help a lot of people to learn foreign languages.

Or you can export it as local plaintext file with repeating sentences (1st sentencs in 1st lang, 1st sentence in 2nd lang, 2nd sentences in 1st lang, 2nd sentence in 2nd lang, etc ) and then read such "striped" text on any device of your choice, like Kindle.

What if I have two texts and what it to be synchronized into bilingual book, but I don't want to do it by myself?

We have a solution for this situation, not perfect but quite realistic. You can inport your two texts into DoubleRead Editor, set a flag "Public Draft" and store it on the server. Public Drafts are visible to everybody. So chanches are somebody will decide to synchronize it for you. This way, the whole job is split - you provide the texts, somebody else does the synch job. The result is bilingual book that can be published by the guy who helped with synchronization. Since his or her name is not shown to public, we cannot guarantee that book will be published. The one who syncs decides how to proceed.

What makes DoubleRead unique?

It is totally anonymous and web-based system. No registration is required to start work with it. No name is shown to public. No software installation is required because we implemented it as normal webpage, putting all business logic into normal Javascripts using advanced HTML5 features.

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