National Federation of the Blind National Convention 2020

The Bookshare team is excited to be exhibiting at the NFB 2020 virtual conference. For many years, we have worked to make reading, learning, and working more accessible for people who are blind, and in this particularly challenging time with social distancing and staying at home, we hope our services make life easier and better. 

During NFB 2020, join us for a series of webinars and open Office Hours where you can get more information and updates, renew your membership, and connect with Bookshare staff.

Bookshare Membership

Sign-ups & Renewals

If you would like to renew your membership or sign up for one, please call for personal assistance. Please do not share personal information or credit card info in Zoom discussions.

Interested in Bookshare? Sign up today

  • Customer Support phone: 650-352-0198
  • Hours: M-F 12-8pm EST
  • Customer Support email: support@bookshare.org
  • Visit our Help Center to find answers to frequently asked questions

A Special Offer for Veterans

Sign up before July 31 and receive three complimentary months of Bookshare. Use Promo Code “VET2020” when prompted during the signup process. Our membership team will then reach out to you for proof of veteran status and will apply the complimentary membership. After the three months, you will be able to continue with Bookshare at the low cost of $50 for a year for an unlimited number of books!

Braille Help Center

Learn more about tips for using Braille with Bookshare books: Braille Central

 

Webinars

During NFB week, we will be hosting a series of 30-minute live webinars providing noteworthy recent updates. Each session will feature a short update, followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

What’s New with Bookshare? 
Amreen Ahmed, Operations Associate, Benetech
Tuesday, July 14th, 12:30-1:00 pm EDT (9:30-10:00 am PT)
Watch the Recording
Download Presentation Slides

Get the latest updates on the ebook library that makes reading easier. Learn about new special collections and how you can personalize your reading experience on more devices than ever before.

 

The Current State of Modern Digital Publishing
George Kerscher, Senior Officer, Global Literacy, Benetech
Tuesday, July 14th, 4:30-5:00 pm EDT (1:30-2:00 pm PT)
Watch the Recording
Download Presentation Slides

George KerscherBenetech will discuss the current state of digital publishing and accessibility in the US today

 

What’s New with Bookshare?
Amreen Ahmed, Operations Associate, Benetech
Wednesday, July 15th, 3:15-3:45 pm EDT (12:15-12:45 pm PT) 
Watch the Recording
Download Presentation Slides


Get the latest updates on the ebook library that makes reading easier. Learn about new special collections and how you can personalize your reading experience on more devices than ever before.

   

Using Your Voice, Your Choices to Change Publishers' Priorities
Christine Jones, Associate Director, U.S. Education, Benetech
Wednesday, July 15th, 4:00-4:30 pm EDT (1:00-1:30 pm PT)
Watch the Recording
Download Presentation Slides

Learn what you can do to motivate publishers to create content that works better for all learners.

 

 

We Want Your Feedback

Smart Speakers

If you are interested in helping to improve the Bookshare reader for smart speakers, we invite you to help test the prototype and share your feedback and ideas by sending an email of your interest to smartspeaker@benetech.org.

 

Bookshare Book Club – for Adults and Teens

Each month, Bookshare staff will choose books for members to read before hosting discussions near the end of the month. The conversations will take place through Zoom webinars. While we have created this club with Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including non-Bookshare members.

In addition to our adult book club, we have launched the Bookshare Teen Book Club. The teen book club is geared towards ages 12-18, but everyone is welcome to join. 

Learn more and sign up here: tiny.cc/BookshareBookClub

 

#AllInTogether Summer Read-a-thon

Bookshare’s #AllInTogether Summer Read-a-thon is a national campaign to share in the common bond of reading. Join Bookshare readers from around the world to escape, enjoy, and explore books for readers of every age and level. By July 31, we aim to have read 200,000 ebooks as a community.

 

Blind Veteran Reaches for More: David's Story

A life-changing injury in Vietnam forced David Szumowski to adapt and overcome, taking him from combat to the courtroom.