Bookshare provides accessible books without a fee for students with print disabiities. Students with visual impairment can access both textbooks and books for personal reading through Bookshare.
The following description is from the Bookshare website:
Bookshare® is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. More than 425,000 people in 70 countries have access to Bookshare's collection of over 460,000 titles. More than 820 U.S. and international publishers contribute to our social mission by donating their digital files, making it possible for Bookshare to serve users around the world and ensuring that content is available to people with print disabilities at the same time as their peers.
Bookshare® opens up the world of reading for people with print disabilities.
If you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability, Bookshare can help!
Our books are “accessible,” which means you can read our books many different ways.
Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, people of all ages, as well as schools and many organizations around the globe can access the books they need for school, work, career advancement, skill development and the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.
How can you read Bookshare books?
Listen to books with high quality text-to-speech voices
Hear and see highlighted words on screen
Read with digital braille or enlarged fonts
Create physical braille or large print
Read directly from your Internet browser
Textbooks for Science
The following are steps to download a science textbook from Bookshare for a student. Only the teacher sponsor (TVI) is able to asssign a textbook. The student can't assign it to himself.
Please see the Bookshare website for more detailed info:
Basic Steps for Bookshare:
The TVI becomes a sponsor for Bookshare
The TVI adds the student to a roster on Bookshare
The TVI assigns the NIMAC book (textbook) to the student's account.
The student searches for the book. It will appear on his account once assigned by the teacher.
Either the TVI or the student can download the book. If the student has his/ her own electronic device, it is usually preferable for him to download the book. If not, the teacher can download it for him and save it to a thumbdrive for the student. The student is then able to read the material on a braillenote or other device with a braille display.