Back to School is Better with Bookshare Reader

A new suite of free Bookshare reading apps is coming for web, mobile, and smart speakers. Get ready for the new Bookshare Reader (beta)!

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Just in time for back to school, students can read and learn with the new Bookshare Reader for web browsers, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, and Alexa-enabled smart speakers.

This new suite of apps gives Bookshare users a free, standard set of reading tools that they can customize and use across devices to read over a million titles – including novels, textbooks, nonfiction, academic journals, newspapers, and magazines – in ways that work for them. 

  • Ease of use:  Read instantly with no waiting time, and enjoy intuitive navigation and robust keyboard shortcuts. 

  • Customization settings: Mix and match colors for background, text, and highlighting, and choose from expanded voice options.  

  • Read anywhere: Download books to a smartphone or tablet to read anytime, anywhere using the Bookshare Reader Apps for iOS and Android. 

  • Remember your last spot: Stop reading and pick up from where you left off across devices. 

  • Enhanced math support: The new Bookshare reader will have the capability to read equations in accessible math books using MathML.


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More New Features

Have your students tried Bookshare’s new human-narrated audiobooks? These are high-quality, audio-only books narrated by authors, actors, and professional narrators. Explore human-narrated audiobooks. 

Learn More About Human-Narrated Audiobooks


Back to School is Better with...

We’ll let you know when Bookshare Reader launches in August. In the meantime, students can continue reading Bookshare books using the reading tools they are familiar with. Take advantage of these resources for a successful back-to-school season.

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Educators and parents can follow these checklists for a successful back-to-school season with Bookshare.

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Special Collections

Not sure what to read? Explore our handpicked reading lists for all ages.

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Request a Book

Can’t find a book you need? Request one.

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Learning Center

Learn about the resources and tools Bookshare has to offer.

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Need help? Contact us online or call us at 1-650-352-0198 (Hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm PST).


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