Press Releases

July 12, 2013

Palo Alto, CA - Springer Signs Agreement Granting Worldwide Rights to Bookshare

Springer, the leading global scientific publisher, has signed an agreement to provide Bookshare, an international leader in providing copyrighted digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, with world rights to its titles.

 

July 12, 2013

Palo Alto, CA - All-in-One Integrated Title Searches with a Collaboration by APH and Bookshare

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), and Bookshare, are pleased to announce a new collaboration that gives readers who are visually impaired easier and integrated access to hundreds of thousands of book titles all at one site using APH’s Louis Plus database. 

 

February 4, 2013

Palo Alto, CA - Simpler, Quicker Way to Read Bookshare Books

Last week at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference, Bookshare®, a global leader in providing copyrighted digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, introduced two innovative product additions: the Bookshare Web Reader and Bookshelf.

 

July 23, 2012

Palo Alto, CA - Benetech Wins Five-Year Award to Dramatically Improve Accessibility of Educational Materials

New cutting-edge technologies will help give students with print disabilities the same opportunities as their peers

As major changes in technology dramatically disrupt education, Benetech, the Silicon Valley nonprofit that uses technology for social change, has won a five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education. more...

 

June 19, 2012

Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare and Mada Launch Accessible Arabic eBook Collection

New Titles Expand Reading Opportunities for Arabic Readers with Print Disabilities

Bookshare, in partnership with Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center), has released 100 new titles in Arabic, giving Arabic readers with print disabilities the opportunity to read a diverse range of material.. more...

May 10, 2012

Palo Alto, CA - Benetech Releases Image Description Tool to Improve Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

Poet Open Source Web Application Allows Crowdsourcing of Image Descriptions in Accessible Books

The Benetech DIAGRAM Center has released an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. more...

March 12, 2012

Palo Alto, CA - Early eBook Pioneer Bookshare Marks Decade of Innovations

Ten Years Motivated by Need to Change Lives of People with Print Disabilities

Bookshare today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley technology to pioneer an innovative new approach to a library for individuals with print disabilities.

October 11, 2011

Palo Alto, CA - Bookshare Passes 150,000 Student Members & 125,000 Titles, Wins a New Award

Bookshare is dramatically overachieving its five year targets and wins a new OSEP award

Bookshare passes 150,000 student members and 125,000 titles, wins a new 1-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). more...

September 8, 2011

Palo Alto, CA - Accessible e-Book Reader, Read2Go, Now Available

App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Allows Users to Read Bookshare Books

Benetech®, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare®, announced the immediate availability of Read2Go, a new accessible e-book application (app) for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. more…

June 30, 2011

Palo Alto, CA/Longueuil, Canada - Bookshare and HumanWare Simplify Access to Bookshare Books

Direct Connection to Bookshare Facilitates Transfer of Books to Devices

HumanWare and Bookshare are pleased to announce a new version of the FREE HumanWare Companion Software that simplifies the process of finding, downloading, and transferring  Bookshare books to the Victor Reader Stream digital talking book player. more…

May 16, 2011

Washington, DC - Bookshare Showcases Student Technology and its Free, Federally Funded Accessible Book Initiative

DCPS Students with Disabilities Speak about Academic Equality, Higher Education, and Lifelong Learning

Students with print disabilities and administrators from the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), along with library and government officials, shared their stories and progress toward improving academic equality and lifelong learning through the use of technology at an event last week at the DC Public Library. more…

April 14, 2011

Palo Alto, CA - John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Signs Agreement to Provide Titles to Bookshare

Partnership Expands Bookshare Collection and Makes it Easier for People with Print Disabilities to Gain Access to a Wide Range of Titles

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JWa, JWb), a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. more...

March 14, 2011

Palo Alto, CA - Benetech Launches “Accessible Books for Texas” with Funding from the Texas Education Agency

Project to Help Educators Use Accessible Instructional Materials with Students with Disabilities

Benetech today announced that it was recently awarded a contract with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct training and outreach on the benefits of accessible instructional materials (AIM) for K-12 students with disabilities in Texas. more…

January 26, 2011

Orlando, FL - Benetech Announces New Accessible e-Book Reader for Apple iOS devices - iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Users Can Read Bookshare Books with Read2Go

At the 2011 ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference in Orlando, Florida, Benetech®, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare®, announced Read2Go, a new accessible e-book application (app) developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK® brand of digital talking book players. more...

January 26, 2011

Orlando, FL - Route 66 Literacy Provides Web-Based LiteracyInstruction for Adolescent and Adult Beginning Readers - Launch of Subscription Version Features Age-Appropriate, High-Interest Contents

Literacy experts at the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with Benetech®, have introduced a subscription version of Route 66 Literacy this winter. Route 66 Literacy is a flexible, dynamic, internet-based instructional program that provides literacy instruction to adolescent and beginning adult readers. Read the press release here.

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...