Press Release Archives 2002 - 2010

October 21, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Internet Archive and Bookshare Partner to Combine Search Results: Single Search Finds Public Domain and Copyrighted Titles in Accessible Formats - Internet Archive and Bookshare announced today at the Books in Browsers conference that they have entered into a partnership that provides Internet Archive users and Bookshare members the capability to search for digital accessible books from Bookshare on openlibrary.org. The ability to search Bookshare titles on openlibrary.org provides links to over 80,000 copyrighted titles, and further simplifies the process of finding an accessible book, thereby increasing ease of access to accessible books and periodicals for people with print disabilities. more...

October 4, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Celebrates Major Milestone: 100,000 Students: Exceeds target & serves more students - Bookshare®, a global leader in providing copyrighted, digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced that 100,000 students now benefit from Bookshare’s collection of digital accessible books. Bookshare hit this target, a five-year goal set as part of the organization’s award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, in under three years, demonstrating the tremendous need for accessible instructional materials in flexible formats to serve students with a range of qualifying print disabilities. more...

October 4, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Blind Woman Uses Accessible Cookbooks from Bookshare to Cook on Rachael Ray Show - Chrissy Steltz, a woman who lost most of her face in a gun accident, and received the first-of-its-kind prosthetic face, will be on the Rachael Ray show in a segment featuring Bookshare. more...

September 30, 2010 - Oxford, UK and Palo, Alto, CA, USA - Leading International Organization, CABI (Center for Agricultural Bioscience International), to Provide Collection of over 500 Scientific Publications to Bookshare - CABI, the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International, has entered into an agreement with Bookshare to provide their collection of nearly 500 titles in the areas of agricultural, animal and veterinary sciences, environmental sciences, human health, food and nutrition, leisure and tourism, microbiology and parasitology, and plant sciences. more...

September 29, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Partnerships in Multiple Countries Expand Bookshare Internationally - Bookshare International today announced partnerships with Vision Australia, Western Australia Association for the Blind, the South Africa Library for the Blind, TPB (The Swedish Library of Talking Books or Talboks-och punktskriftsbiblioteket), and NOTA, the Danish National Library for the Blind to make accessible books available for their citizens with print disabilities. more...

September 28, 2010 - Vancouver, B.C. and Palo Alto, CA - University of British Columbia Press Becomes First Canadian Publisher to Partner with Bookshare - The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press), one of the largest university presses in Canada, has entered into an agreement with Bookshare® granting world rights to its collection. more...

July 26, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with Free Membership Offer - In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Bookshare announces a free membership opportunity for all Americans with qualifying print disabilities, regardless of age or student status.   more...

July 6, 2010 -  Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Crosses 100,000-Member Milestone - Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for individuals with print disabilities, today announced a milestone event – surpassing 100,000 qualified members around the world. more...

May 20, 2010 - Cambridge, England and Palo Alto, CA - Cambridge University Press Grants Worldwide Digital Rights to Bookshare - Cambridge University Press has entered into a license agreement with Bookshare. more...

April 14, 2010 - New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA - Simon & Schuster Provides Digital Files to Bookshare - To serve individuals and students with print disabilities and to provide timely access to digital books, Simon & Schuster has signed an agreement that will give Bookshare’s members access to an extensive selection of titles from all imprints.  more...

April 14, 2010 - Springfield, MA and Palo Alto, CA - Merriam-Webster Signs Agreement to Provide Digital Files with Worldwide Rights to Bookshare - Merriam-Webster, America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare with worldwide rights to its entire collection of key references works.  more...

March 3, 2010 - Palo Alto, CA - Benetech, with the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and the U.S. Fund for DAISY, Receives $5 Million Award to Transform Production of Accessible Images - The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), awarded $5 million to Benetech, in collaboration with The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at WGBH and the U.S. Fund for DAISY (USFDAISY), to create a research and development center that will... more...

December 14, 2009 - Nyack, NY and Palo Alto, CA - Flat World Knowledge Partners is the first dedicated college textbook publisher to supply its digital textbooks to Bookshare - Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of expert-authored, open content college textbooks, today became the first dedicated college textbook publisher to supply... more...

December 3, 2009 - Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare India Partnerships Build India and Worldwide Collections - On World Disability Day, Bookshare India, an international extension of Bookshare, announced a partnership with Scholastic India and leading Indian publishers, authors and organizations to provide hundreds of... more...

November 20, 2009 - Palo Alto, CA - U.S. Dept of Education Grants Funding to Bookshare to Convert Open Content Textbooks to Accessible Formats - The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has awarded Bookshare $100K in supplemental funding to create... more...

October 8, 2009 - Chicago, IL and Palo Alto, CA - Encyclopaedia Britannica Grants Digital Rights to Bookshare - Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., today announced an agreement to grant worldwide digital rights of its major reference collections to Bookshare, the world‚Äôs largest accessible online library for people with... more...

July 22, 2009--Palo Alto, CA - First Partnerships with Prestigious University Presses Add Scholarly and Award-Winning Titles to Bookshare Library--Three prestigious university publishers have joined the Bookshare Publisher Partner Program to provide digital books for Bookshare's accessible online library for people... more...

July 8, 2009--Palo Alto, CA - PLEXTALK‚Ñ¢ Pocket Offers Individuals Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired a New Portable DAISY Player that Reads Bookshare Digital Books--Bookshare and Shinano Kenshi Corporation, Ltd. Announce Partnership - Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare announced a partnership with Shinano Kenshi Corporation, Ltd. (Japan and North America), a global leader in advanced technology... more...

July 7, 2009--Palo Alto, CA - Individuals with Print Disabilities Gain New Opportunities to Read Bookshare Digital Books Using Mobile Speak Phone Technologies--Bookshare and Code Factory Announce Partnership July 7, 2009, Palo Alto, CA - Individuals with print disabilities can now choose new, low-cost mobile technologies to read more than 50,000 digital books... more...

April 29, 2009--Washington, DC - U.S. Colleges and Universities Partner with Bookshare--Bookshare announced today a University Partnership Program to significantly increase the availability of accessible materials and textbooks on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. post-secondary students... more...

April 29, 2009--Washington, DC - U.S. Trade and Textbook Publishers Partner with Bookshare--In an effort to improve the availability and quantity of digital accessible educational books, textbooks and trade books, Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible library for individuals with print disabilities, today announced partnerships with leading U.S. trade and K-12 publishers... more...

April 13, 2009--Palo Alto, CA - Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman to Speak at the National Press Club--Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman has been invited to speak this month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Fruchterman will talk about Benetech’s Bookshare library which has led global initiatives to... more...

January 27, 2009--Palo Alto, CA - Benetech Launches New Bookshare Library--Bookshare, the world's largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities, has been completely rebuilt to make it significantly easier... more...

December 9, 2008--Palo Alto, CA - Department of Education Official Visits Benetech--A prominent U.S. Department of Education official who guides key policy decisions that impact people with disabilities will visit Benetech this week to discuss... more...

October 20, 2008--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare.org Expands to Provide Accessible Books in India--Benetech's Bookshare.org library has announced three new partnerships with Indian organizations to support... more...

July 7, 2008--Dallas, TX - Benetech's Bookshare.org Library Wins Award From the National Federation of the Blind--Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman has been presented with one of the first-ever Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in recognition of Benetech's outstanding contribution to... more...

March 13, 2008--Palo Alto, CA, Volo, IL - Bookshare® Partners With Don Johnston To Provide Free Text Reader For Print Disabled Students--Bookshare and Don Johnston have announced a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with... more...

January 30, 2008--Palo Alto, CA and Barcelona Spain - Bookshare and Code Factory Announce Partnership To Introduce Mobile Technology--Bookshare and Code Factory have announced the formation of a partnership to introduce technology that allows Bookshare members to read digital books... more...

January 29, 2008--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Releases NIMAS Validator Software--Benetech's Bookshare service has released a free beta version of its NIMAS Validator software application that... more...

October 15, 2007--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Receives Five-Year $32 Million Award From U.S. Department of Education--The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Benetech's Bookshare project $32 million over five years to significantly expand the availability of accessible electronic books... more...

November 8, 2006--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Puts 30,000 Accessible Books Online for Disabled Readers--Benetech's Bookshare project announced this week that its network of volunteers has succeeded in scanning 30,000 books, creating the world's largest... more...

September 18, 2006--Palo Alto, CA - Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman Receives 2006 MacArthur--Jim Fruchterman, CEO of The Benetech Initiative, has been awarded a 2006 MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation... more...

March 22, 2006--Palo Alto, CA - Major Omidyar Network Investment Lifts Global Nonprofit to New Level--Benetech, the global technology nonprofit based in Palo Alto, announced today that it has received a $1.5 million investment from Omidyar Network... more...

March 22, 2006--Palo Alto, CA, Baltimore, MD - Accessible Newspapers and Magazines Now Available Daily--Bookshare and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) have teamed up to make local and national newspapers and magazines available and accessible online... more...

Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare selected as EdNET 2005 Rookie of the Year finalist--The Heller Reports™, a leading provider of education market news and events, chose Bookshare as one of this year’s... more...

March 16, 2005--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Offers Books in Spanish--Bookshare has expanded its online collection of accessible digital books to include books in Spanish... more...

February 17, 2005--Palo Alto, CA - Online Book-Sharing Service Increases Literacy Skills Among Students with Visual Impairments--What started as an online book sharing service for people with print disabilities, Bookshare, has grown into a cost-effective technology tool that is helping to improve literacy... more...

January 11, 2005--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare's Library Surpasses 20,000 Titles--Bookshare announced today that its online collection of accessible digital books has now exceeded 20,000 titles... more...

July 22, 2004--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Announces Results of National School Initiative--Bookshare has announced the results of a successful national school pilot initiative, funded in... more...

April 23, 2004--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare, Lighthouse International Unveil Employment and Career Development Collection of Accessible Digital Books

Bookshare and Lighthouse International today unveiled a special collection of books - the Employment and Career Development Collection from the Lighthouse International... more...

March 12, 2004--Palo Alto, CA - Indiana University Partners with Bookshare to Expand Access to College Textbooks for Students with Disabilities--Indiana University, one of the nation's leading alternative text production facilities serving students with disabilities, has partnered with Bookshare... more...

February 17, 2004--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Launches Institutional Access--Bookshare now offers Institutional Access, allowing schools and groups to provide accessible digital books directly... more...

March 4, 2003--Palo Alto, CA - Publisher O'Reilly Makes Books Accessible to People with Disabilities Worldwide Under Landmark Agreement with Bookshare--Bookshare announced an agreement with O'Reilly & Associates to make digital versions of O'Reilly books available worldwide... more...

February 24, 2003--Palo Alto, CA - Pulse Data and Benetech Announce BrailleNote/Bookshare Collaboration--Pulse Data International and Benetech today announced a formal collaboration integrating Benetech's Bookshare initiative with Pulse Data's BrailleNote family of products... more...

December 10, 2002--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare wins award from Social Enterprise Alliance--Benetech's Bookshare was awarded a prize for its exemplary "earned income" project in the Social Enterprise Alliance's "Earned Income Showcase"... more...

October 23, 2002--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare is recipient of Stockholm Challenge Award--Of 600 IT projects from 78 different countries, Benetech's Bookshare was selected one of eight winners in the Stockholm Challenge... more...

October 23, 2002--Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare, Braille Institute Work Together To Increase Access to Braille Books--Bookshare's extensive online collection of electronic books can now be seamlessly ordered as hard copy Braille books, to be embossed and proofread by... more...

February 21, 2002--Palo Alto, CA - Benetech Announces Launch of Bookshare, Feb. 21, 2002--Leading nonprofit technology developer offers the first digital book-sharing service for people with print disabilities... more...