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The Book on the Bookshelf Henry Petroski 1999 05/06/11
Design Paradigms Henry Petroski 1994 10/01/13
An Engineer's Alphabet Henry Petroski 2011 12/19/11
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America Henry Petroski 1995 01/13/11
The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems Henry Petroski 2010 07/21/10
The Evolution of Useful Things: How Everyday Artifacts--From Forks and Pins to Paper Clips and Zippers--Came to Be as They Are Henry Petroski 1992 05/06/11
The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship Henry Petroski Catherine Petroski 2014 08/29/15
Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing Henry Petroski 1996 11/30/16
Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer Henry Petroski 2002 12/12/10
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance Henry Petroski 1989 05/06/11
Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering Henry Petroski 2004 12/12/10
Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering Henry Petroski 1997 01/13/11
Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design Henry Petroski 2003 12/12/10
Success through Failure Henry Petroski 2006 08/07/13
To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design Henry Petroski 1992 03/10/08
To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure Henry Petroski 2012 08/24/16
The Toothpick Henry Petroski 2007 08/27/15
The Toothpick Henry Petroski 2007 09/03/15
The Toothpick: Technology and Culture Henry Petroski 2007 12/12/10
An Uncommon History of Common Things Bethanne Patrick Henry Petroski John Thompson 2009 09/16/15
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Select your format based upon: 1) how you want to read your book, and 2) compatibility with your reading tool. To learn more about using Bookshare with your device, visit the Help Center.

Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.

  • Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
  • MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
  • DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivonas Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.