Assign Books Using Assign & Read

Sponsors on organizational accounts can assign books to students one at a time using the “Assign & Read” feature. 

Assign Books Using Assign & Read

1.  Log into your Bookshare account with your username and password.

2. Search or browse for a book and then select the “Assign” button.

Screenshot of book detail page with the Assign button circled

3. Select the name(s) of the student(s) to whom you wish to assign this book and select “Assign.” Repeat as necessary.

Screenshot of member roster

Instruct your students to log into Bookshare with their assigned username and password to find their assigned books. Please review the Students Read section below to learn how students access their assigned books.

Students Read

Students can read quickly and easily with Bookshare Web Reader in a web browser on a Mac, PC, or Chromebook. However, there are many ways to read Bookshare books. The “Reading Tool” wizard can help you determine what tools will work best with your students' devices. 

For a student who typically uses a screen reader, we recommend opening Bookshare Web Reader in Internet Explorer and using the screen reader that the student typically uses.

1. Students log into Bookshare with the username and password created by the Sponsor. Books that have been assigned using the “Assign & Read” feature are found under the “Assigned Books” link. Books assigned on a Reading List are found under the "Reading Lists" link.

Screenshot of Student's My Bookshare Page with assigned books and reading lists link circled

2. Students find they book they want to read and select “Read Now” to open the book in Bookshare Web Reader.

Screenshot of Student's My Bookshare Page with Read Now button circled

3. Next, Bookshare packages the book and prepares it for reading in their browser. Depending on the size of the book, it may take 30-60 seconds. The book will then be ready to be viewed – and heard – in the Bookshare Web Reader. 

Screenshot of a book in web reader with the speaker and settings icons circled

4. To hear the book read aloud, students select “Play.” Students can use the settings button to change the font size, text and background color combination and voice and rate of speech if desired. Select “Save” after making changes.

Screenshot of web reader settings

To read in a Bookshare-integrated application, students:
1) Log in to the reading application.
2) Search for the book using the tool’s search function. (Note: If using Dolphin Easy Reader, students will see their Reading Lists. If they use VoiceDream Reader or CaptiVoice, they can find their recently read books in “History.”)
3) Download the book through the tool’s download function and read!

 You can also view a complete list of Bookshare-compatible reading tools.