How can I convert Bookshare books to text?

To comply with Copyright law, Bookshare must provide books in formats that are accessible to people with various reading barriers. We know that some members would like to read books on a portable eReader such as the Kindle or Nook. These devices do not currently support full accessibility but may provide some qualified users with features that help them read effectively. All eReaders will require that members convert their books into a readable format. The following instructions explain how to do this:

Don Johnston, producer of Read:OutLoud, sells DAISYtoEPUB, a utility that converts the book .OPF DAISY Text file format to the EPUB file format. The DAISYtoEPUB conversion utility is available for purchase from Don Johnston at:

Alternatively some of our users convert the books by using the .XML file.

Option 1:

If you have MS Word 2007 or later, open the XML file associated with the desired book. Then choose the Save As option from the File Menu and save the document as a text or PDF file.

Option 2:

The first step is to rename the XML file with an HTML file extension. To do this:

  1. Right click the file
  2. Choose the Rename option
  3. Change the XML file extension to HTML
  4. Answer Yes when prompted with the warning

Note that if your PC doesn't show file extensions, turn off "hide file extensions for known file types" in Folder Options.

To copy the text into a text editor:

  1. Open the newly renamed HTML file in your web browser
  2. Press Control + A to highlight the text
  3. Press Control + C to copy
  4. Open your desired text editor application such as Microsoft Word
  5. Press Control + V to paste
  6. Save the newly created text file in the format you desire