What is an Individual Membership account?
An Individual Membership (IM) is a qualified adult or student's personal Bookshare account with Bookshare. IM's can freely search for and download books in any of the Bookshare accessible formats, unlike Organizational Members who only have limited access to books shared with them on Reading Lists. IM's can be linked with an Organizational Membership if desired to allow a sponsor or a teacher to share books with them on Reading Lists.
Individual Memberships are free for qualified U.S. students, however all other Individual Members need to purchase a subscription. A yearly Bookshare subscription is $50 for most Individual Members, however the subscription cost varies depending on country. You can find more information about subscription costs on our Subscription Fees page.
To sign up for an Individual Membership, please visit our Sign Up page. Once you've registered for an account, you'll need to submit Proof of Disability before you can download books from our library. For more information about how to submit Proof of Disability, please visit our Help Center.
Trying to decide what kind of account to sign up for? Review our Account Comparison chart for more information on the benefits and drawbacks of each account type.