What kind of account should my students use?

There are three main types of student Bookshare accounts: Individual Memberships, Organizational Memberships, and Linked Accounts. Students with each kind of account have different download privileges and access to Reading Tools. We recommend reviewing the chart below to help decide what kind of account works best for your student.

Compare Individual Membership Organizational Membership Linked Account
Description Student's personal Bookshare account Student membership account through an Organization Student's personal Individual Membership account linked with an Organizational account
Benefits
  • Search for and download books independently
  • Download accessible formats (BRF, DAISY, Audio) from Bookshare.org
  • Log in and download through Bookshare integrated applications
  • Teachers manage account and can easily reset student's username/password
  • Access to NIMAC books (K-12 textbooks)*
  • Proof of Disability from school
  • Log in and download through Bookshare integrated applications
  • Access to full collection (including NIMAC books*)
  • Proof of Disability from school
  • Download accessible formats from Bookshare.org
  • Sponsors can renew subscriptions
  • Log in and download through Bookshare integrated applications
Drawbacks
  • Username & password hidden unless the student or parent allows the teacher access on their Account Preferences page
  • No direct access to NIMAC books
  • Username & password hidden unless the student or parent allows the teacher access on their Account Preferences page

* For more information about which students have access to NIMAC books, please visit Access to NIMAC books page.

Still have questions about whether your students needs an Individual or Organizational Membership account? Visit our Help Center to read more about the Benefits of Having an Individual Membership.