The Michigan-based software company cheerfully acknowledges it: Giving away a computer program that reads text out loud to help visually impaired or literacy-challenged students is a blatant marketing gimmick.

"At this point, we've given Scan and Read away to more than 4,000 schools and libraries," said Steve Timmer, president of Premier Programming Solutions.

The company is offering every school a free single-user license for its Scan and Read software package, so


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