International Membership

Bookshare® offers accessible books to people anywhere in the world with qualifying print disabilities. Currently Bookshare has over 118,000 titles available in most countries and members in more than 45 countries. Why aren't all Bookshare books available to members in all countries? Learn more about publisher rights and permissions.

 

International Partners

Bookshare is pleased to work closely with many local organizations serving people with print disabilities. Bookshare’s International Partners can help facilitate the necessary Proof of Disability and subscription fees. If you represent such an organization and are interested in developing Bookshare further in your country, please contact Bookshare’s International Program Manager

Residents of certain countries may receive Bookshare subscriptions sponsored by local nonprofits, educational and/or government funding. 

If you wish to join Bookshare and you live in one of the countries listed below, please visit your country’s information page to learn more about the local Bookshare partner in your area:

 

 Australia

 Ghana

 Philippines

 Brazil

 India

 Qatar

 Canada

 Kenya

 South Africa

 Denmark

 Korea

 United Arab Emirates

 Finland

 New Zealand

 United Kingdom

 Germany

 Norway

 

 

If you live in a country where there is no local Bookshare partner, you can still join Bookshare!

 

Membership

Bookshare offers two kinds of memberships:

Membership Type

Download Privileges

Cost

 Individual

(Personal) 

Allows members to download copyrighted books for their own use. You will need to provide a Proof of Disability. We recommend this type of membership for most people due to the freedom and flexibility it gives.

 USD $50 annual subscription fee (plus a one-time USD $25 set-up fee)

 (Learn about discounted subscription fees for members in developing countries.)

 Organizational

(Group) 

Allows faculty/staff to download books for qualified students or clients within your school or institution. You will need to provide a Proof of Disability for each student/client. Please note: Qualified students/clients cannot download books on their own. A staff member must do this for them.

30 book downloads: USD $300
60 book downloads: USD $450
100 book downloads: USD $600

(Learn about discounted subscription fees for members in developing countries.)

 

How to Sign Up for Individual Membership:

There are three steps for individuals to become members:

  1. Click the Sign Up link to register as an Individual Member.*
  2. Have a competent authority sign your personalized Individual Proof of Disability form, which you can generate and print upon creating a Bookshare account. Learn more about who can sign your form, or to see a generic version of what information the form requires.
  3. Pay the membership fee - this requires a credit card. Your sign up confirmation email will have information about how to do this.

 

*For individuals under 18 years old, a parent signature is required. Please fill out the personalized Individual Agreement form and return it with the personalized Proof of Disability form to membership@bookshare.org.

 

How to Sign Up for Organizational Membership:

There are four steps for organizations to become members:

  1. Click the Sign Up link to register as an Organizational Member. Sign the Organizational Agreement and return the form to membership@bookshare.org.
  2. Submit a roster of qualified students/clients for whom you will download books. Sign the Group Proof of Disability form, and return the form to membership@bookshare.org. Learn more about who can sign your form.
  3. Optional: Add other staff at your organization as sponsors who will also be able to download books for your members.
  4. Pay for blocks of 30, 60, or 100 books - this requires a credit card, purchase order or wire transfer. Your confirmation email will have information about how to do this.

 

Discounted Subscription Fees

If you live in a country designated by the World Bank as a low-income, lower-middle-income, or upper-middle-income economy, you may be eligible for a discount. Learn more about discounted subscription fees. 

In addition, residents of certain countries may receive Bookshare subscriptions sponsored by local nonprofits, educational and/or government funding. Check the country pages above for more details.

 

Questions?

Please contact Bookshare if you have other questions about International Membership!