Read for Life California

Calling California Book Lovers 55+

Do you love books, but struggle to read? Are you 55 or older and live in California? Good news! You can get unlimited access to Bookshare, a library with millions of ebooks in audio, large print, and braille.

Readers with low vision, blindness, dyslexia, and physical impairments can continue to enjoy the books they love.


Free Access to Millions of Ebooks

Through a partnership with Ability Central, seniors with qualifying disabilities in California can get a one-year Bookshare membership for FREE.

  • Unlimited access to New York Times bestsellers, new releases, nonfiction, biographies, periodicals, and more.
  • Listen to books in audio, follow along with karaoke-style highlighting, read in braille or large font.
  • Read on nearly any device like smartphones, tablets, computers, braille devices, and Alexa smart speakers.

With Bookshare, seniors can pass the time, stimulate the mind, socialize in book clubs, and savor the joy of reading. Join for free today!

Note: seniors must have a qualifying disability and reside in California to access this promotion. Use promo code: Read4lifeCA.


Help us test Smart Speaker!

Thanks to the support of Ability Central, we are able to enhance the Bookshare Reader for Smart Speaker. The new features will be available later this Spring/Summer of 2022. Contact us to be placed on the list to test the new features. The first 50 people will receive a FREE Smart Speaker device.

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This promotion is made available with Ability Central, a nonprofit in Oakland, CA, that expands communication access for people with disabilities.