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The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts aimed at bringing reading back to the heart of American culture. Bookshare is pleased to offer the following titles from The Big Read booklist.

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Title Author Copyright Action
The Paris Wife: A Novel Mclain, Paula 2011
The Shawl Ozick, Cynthia 1983
The Thief and the Dogs Mahfouz, Naguib 1984
The Things They Carried O'Brien, Tim 1990
Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston, Zora Neale 1990
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper 1960
Washington Square James, Henry
Zeitoun Eggers, Dave 2009


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.