Help us "Beta test" new features!

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Bookshare is constantly working on ways to improve your user experience. We release new software every three weeks, and sometimes we choose to open up a new feature or change in the way that you perform a task to a smaller "Beta group".  The following features are ready for you to "activate" and try out; should you want to "deactivate" them, just come back to this page and select the link again.  


We take your feedback about these upcoming features seriously, and ask you to provide comments either via email to or in the appropriate thread in the new member forum.

Download Titles as Word documents

Hooray! We have moved this feature out of Beta and into production - thank you to all who tested it these past few months. Books are being converted to Word documents every day, but with a title count close to 600,000, you can imagine it will take a little while.  

If you open and read a book now in Microsoft Word, or other tools that support .docx filetype, you can download them from the Word Beta Test Reading List (one of our many Special Collections). Soon, nearly all of our books will be available in Word (docx) format.

  • How-to Guide for Beta Testers Downloading Word:  Word  PDF

Access original publisher files in Bookshare Web Reader

Have you wondered why you don't see the "Read Now" link on all books? Sometimes we cannot convert to the book into the format needed for Bookshare Web Reader that we've been able to clean up for full accessibility. However, when a publisher provides us a book that is mostly accessible, we can offer it to you, but it may not be perfect.

To have the Read Now link use these original EPUB 3 files, Activate EPUB 3 Reader Beta.

We just ask you to please let us know, if a title is not reading correctly in the Bookshare Web Reader. When you file a Book Quality report, please indicate that you are part of the Beta and using the "original EPUB" version of the title. Thank you!