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Navigation AbilityBooks that support all of the navigation of the DAISY format include more capabilities than books on tape, such as:Book skimming: Readers "navigate" forward or backward by word, paragraph, page or chapter, so they can easily skim through the book to... more
Yes! The Wish List is a list of books that have been requested by our members for reading outside of the classroom.   We encourage volunteers to check this list regularly and choose titles to scan and proof.  Adding a Wist List title guarantees that you will make... more
Image Description volunteers advance the accessibility of the Bookshare collection by describing images in textbooks and childrens' books, using our open-source Poet Image Description tool developed by our DIAGRAM Center. Since we launched Poet in 2012, our volunteers... more
Unfortunately, currently Bookshare does require a unique email address per account.  If the schools you work with are all within the same school district it may be best to create a single district wide account.However, if you work with multiple districts, or if each... more
All Bookshare account deletions must be requested and resolved by our Membership team, please Request Help to begin the process.  
Prior to purchasing a subscription you will be given an opportunity to indicate that you are a student by selecting the "I am currently a U.S. Student" link from the purchase subscription page.  Once this link is selected you will be taken to a page where you can enter... more
Bookshare is compatible with many AT devices, see our full compatibility list here.
Bookshare Discussion forumBookshare has a general discussion forum open for any kind of discussion at https://discussions.bookshare.org/Bookshare Discussion List This list is for Bookshare members to discuss Bookshare books, reading tools, tips, etc. Subscribe: Send a... more
A pending title is a book or periodical that has been requested for the Bookshare collection but which we don't have yet. These might be found, for instance, in one of our special collection lists where we want to include a full list of titles for a particular award,... more
When a volunteer's scanned or proofread book is approved into Bookshare®'s collection, both the scanner and the proofreader automatically earn Volunteer Reward Credits. These credits can be used to reduce the cost of a Bookshare membership* for a person with a... more
When we receive books from publisher partners or the NIMAC in digital formats, images are included.When we need to manually convert a print book into accessible format, images are not retained.  We do not have the resources currently required to retain all images,... more
Video Tutorial: What is a Competent Authority × A professional with credentials and training in the area of the specific disability is considered a qualified Competent... more
Enter multiple search terms separated by a comma (but no space) to find all books that contain ALL of those terms. For example:  horse, tiger returns all books containing BOTH "horse" and "tiger".Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. For example: "French cooking... more
Can I restrict my child's access to certain titles?Bookshare tags some books as "adult content," which depict extreme violence or explicit sexual content.  Those books are not available to readers under 18, or adult readers who "opt out" of seeing adult content in... more
Books marked as adult content might contain topics that are inappropriate for minors. These topics may include extremely graphic violence or explicit sexual content.Members over 18 can opt in or out of seeing adult content in search results by changing their account... more