Bookshare for Schools

Students in classroom with tablets

Are your students reading at grade level?

For students with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities, print books can be impediments to reading. Even audio books may not provide the level of support students need.

Bookshare® lets students read their way. They can read ebooks on devices they already use and customize the experience to accommodate their specific learning needs. Educators can help students to read in ways that work for them by getting all their books in easy-to-read Bookshare formats by creating a free school account. 

Make Reading Easier

Readers can experience Bookshare ebooks many different ways:

  • Listen to books with high quality audio
  • See text and follow along with word-level highlighting
  • Adjust reading speed, font, and color
  • Enlarge font size
  • Read in braille
  • Add bookmarks and notes
  • Take advantage of partners apps and study tools

Bookshare ebooks provide more reading options than other ebooks or audio books. See how Bookshare works.

Who Uses Bookshare?

Educators use Bookshare to make reading easier for students with specific learning disabilities in the area of reading like dyslexia, as well as other reading barriers such as blindness, low vision, retinitis pigmentosa, and cerebral palsy. To use Bookshare, students must have a qualifying disability. Learn about qualifications.

FREE for U.S. Schools and Qualified Students

Bookshare is free for U.S. K-12 public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade schools, Perkins School for the Blind, and Hadley School for the Blind to support students with reading barriers. Qualified U.S. students can also sign up for free personal memberships. 

Get Started

Are you ready to join Bookshare ? View our Educators Get Started Guide for tips on signing up your school and setting up students. Then find a reading tool with our Reading Tool Wizard.

Corey Straily, AT Specialist, trains San Diego Unified School District teachers on Bookshare

District Serves Special Education Students

San Diego Unified School District provides Bookshare access to over 1,800 students in special education. Collectively they have downloaded over 10,000 books in easy-to-read formats. Learn about their winning formula.