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Learning to read takes books. Learning to read well, and developing a love of reading, takes lots of books. Books at all different skill levels. But how are low-literacy language communities ever to get all those books in their language? They can do it with Bloom.
Bloom keeps things simple and efficient by offering a library of shell books. You just translate from a source language, and print.
Shell Books – A growing collection of Creative Commons-licensed shell books help you grow your library quickly. Just add a book to your vernacular library, then type in translations.
Template Books – Bloom isn’t just for shell books. To create a brand new book, we use what Bloom calls a template. For most books, the “Basic Book” template is enough. It contains templates pages with the most frequently used layouts. There is also a Picture Dictionary template and Wall Calendar template.
Effortless PDF Booklets – Click on Bloom’s Publish tab, and voilà! You have a PDF file laid out as a booklet, ready for saving or printing.
Multilingual Books – For each box of text, Bloom stores text in any a number of languages. You can then tell it to show one, two, or three of those languages to make monolingual, bilingual, or trilingual versions of the publication.
All your books, a click away – Bloom never asks you to find thing in the computer’s file system. It just shows your library and books that you can add to it when you’re ready.
Pictures from the Art of Reading Collection – After you install our free Art Of Reading Collection, it’s easy to find hand-drawn illustrations from around the world.