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Bookshare has a special collection of books for students transitioning to college and beyond. 
Students who independently search for, download and read when and how they want to, hold the key to a successful college experience.An individual student Bookshare membership is free; many students have both an individual membership and are on their school’s... more
Yes, a Bookshare membership is for life! It’s free for U.S. students – even those in adult education programs (see Student Qualifications). Qualified adult education programs include classes that lead to a degree or certificate. Some common qualified adult education... more
Leaving high school? Make sure you have an Individual Bookshare membership—you can use it at any school you attend in the U.S.Off to college? The Disabled Student Services office on your campus can help you get your required books in the formats you need. Many colleges... more
Yes! Once you are a Bookshare member you can continue using our service for life. No need to resubmit paperwork. Just update your student status if you are continuing your education in the U.S. to include your new school information. It may take several days for your... more
Absolutely! If you are going to college in the U.S. your Bookshare membership will continue to be free, courtesy of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).To learn more about using your Bookshare account in college,... more
Please download and save the book to a location that you can easily find using your web browser. To unzip the book, please do the following:If on a Mac the book will extract automatically, if it does not simply double click the .zip file.If on a PC:Locate the saved... more
To remove a book from your Reading List:Log in to your Bookshare account.Select the My Bookshare link in the top right corner of the page. Select the My Reading Lists link on the left side of the page. Select the name of the Reading List. Select the Remove link next to... more
Hundreds of authors contribute their books to make their work available to people with print disabilities. They work directly with Bookshare by donating their digital files. Bookshare accepts files in EPUB 2, EPUB 3, Word, and RTF. We cannot accept physical books or... more
When I request a book to be added, when will it be ready?Converting books into accessible format is a complex process, and we can't guarantee a specific turnaround time.  For books that are available in the NIMAC, we can usually add them to the collection within 1-2... more
You will need to be logged into your Bookshare account and be a member from the U.S. We appreciate when you search the collection before making a request. If you're new to searching the collection, we have tips that can help. Note that Bookshare may have alternate... more
Our staff members will verify that the book isn't in the collection, is needed for school, and that we can acquire a copy of the correct book for conversion.  (If your request isn't needed for school, it will be put on the Wish List, which our volunteer community uses... more
To install Voice Dream Reader, please do the following:Open the App Store on your device.In the search field, enter "Voice Dream Reader." Select the "Buy $14.99" button.Select the Install button.To download books using Voice Dream Reader, please do the following:Open... more
NIMAC books are available for U.S. K–12 students with an active IEP from a public education agency. Only Authorized Users (organizations) are permitted to download NIMAC-sourced textbooks. If Bookshare is an Authorized User in your state, please submit a book request... more