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Bookshare can add NIMAC books into the library on average within two weeks. We will contact you as soon as it's added.  If you have questions about how to access it please Request Help.
The NIMAC (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center) is a U.S. national repository of K–12 textbooks, workbooks, and other classroom reading materials in digital format for qualifying print-disabled students.  The NIMAC was established under the IDEA 2004... more
NIMAC-sourced textbooks are available to qualified U.S. students with a public school IEP. However, for non-NIMAC-eligible students, Bookshare can convert textbooks to an accessible format for qualified Bookshare students. Please submit the request through the... 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. 1. If Bookshare is an Authorized User in your state, please submit a book... more
NIMAC textbooks are only available to K-12 students with print disabilities (as defined by the Chafee Amendment ) and an active IEP (individual education plan) issued by a public education.Qualifying students who are attending private institutions or are being home-... more
We do add textbooks as needed by students.  The textbooks must be assigned as classroom reading in an accredited educational program, including K-12 and postsecondary.  If you can send us a copy of the textbook needed (with the understanding that it will not be... more
Setting up for the First TimeTo utilize the Bookshare program on the BrailleSense, you will first need to customize a few of its options to get started. These settings will be saved until you change them.From the main Menu, select Library Services, then Bookshare... more
The “Options” dialog allows you to set items such as download location, default download type, and whether the Braille Sense U2 automatically unpacks the Bookshare book or periodical. To open the “Options” dialog, Tab to the “Options” button and press “Enter” or press... more
If you select “periodicals” from the “select search Mode” combo box, the next item in the dialog is an edit box in to which you can enter a “periodical ID”. Each periodical in the Bookshare collection contains a numerical ID you can use to quickly access it. Enter the... more
When you choose “Books” from the “Select Search Mode” combo box described above, the next item in the dialog is “Select Search Method”. Press “Space” to choose between “Search word” and “Category search”. When you choose to “Search word”, the next item in the dialog is... more
The latest Victor Reader Stream model includes built in Wifi allowing Bookshare members to log into, search, and download Bookshare content directly on the device.First enable the Bookshare service by:Press the Menu Key (#7) until you locate the "Online Services"... more
No, Bookshare does not require proof of purchase of the printed text. 
The book download limit is based on a revolving 30-day cycle.If your limit is 100 books, and 100 books were downloaded on day 1, then additional books wouldn't be available until day 31.If 1 book was downloaded on day 1 and 99 books were downloaded on day 2, on day 31... more
Students without computer access can read Bookshare books in a number of ways. Braille or large print users can get their materials embossed or printed by the school or accessible media center. Digital content can be put on media (like CDs) and played in inexpensive... more
The Internet Archive is a partner collection that Bookshare members can use to search for books outside of the Bookshare collection. The Internet Archive has a large collection of books, including over 3 million DAISY titles, including periodicals and older reference... more