Reading Bookshare Books Downloaded in Word

Bookshare books can now be downloaded in Word and read with any compatible editor or reading tool. This is a common, easy-to-use format that allows members to customize the book’s text to meet their reading needs. Members can do the following with Word:

  • See the text
  • Customize the font size, colors, styles, and more
  • Annotate text
  • And additional features depending on the tool

How to Access Books in Word

Here are the steps for accessing Bookshare books in Word:

  1. Log in to Bookshare
  2. Select a desired book
  3. Select "Word" from the drop-down menu next to "Download" and follow the steps to complete the download process
  4. Find the zipped file in your "Downloads" folder
  5. Extract the zipped file

Once the file has been extracted, you can open it with a compatible editor or reading tool.

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Read Aloud with Latest Version of Microsoft Word

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