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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
A professional with credentials and training in the area of the specific disability is considered a qualified Competent Authority. Some examples include:Visual impairment/low vision—A family doctor, ophthalmologist, optometrist, teacher of the visually impaired,... 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
Books cannot be deleted from your download history due to tracking requirements from our funding source and our publishers. However, you can limit the number of days of history that are displayed on your My History page. The default is 30 days, but if you download a... more