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Yes. All Bookshare members must have a qualifying print disability.For more information about our qualifications, please visit our Qualifications Page.
Thanks to a grant funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. students and school memberships are free.For cost information on nonstudent membership, visit the what does it cost page. 
Qualifying disabilities are disabilities with a physical basis that severely inhibit or prevent an individual from reading standard print. This may be a visual impairment or blindness, a severe learning disability that affects reading, or a physical ability that... more
All Bookshare members must submit Proof of Disability to verify they qualify or Bookshare. There are several ways to submit Proof of Disability depending upon the type of membership.For educators creating a new organizational membership, you will be guided to the... more
To qualify for a Bookshare membership you must have a qualified print disability; however, freely distributable titles (e.g. public domain or Creative Commons licensed) are available for download without membership.
No! Bookshare membership extends to both adults and non-U.S. students across the world that qualify for Bookshare based on a qualifying print disability.In addition to the many school-related materials, Bookshare boasts a Special Collection specifically for adults.... more
Bookshare student memberships are currently paid for by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and therefore free for all U.S. qualified students regardless of age. This includes post-secondary and graduate level students.
Please note that at this time Bookshare does not support Windows 8 RT tablets. Bookshare material can be accessed through the Bookshare Web Reader, or Read:OutLoud.Please view our tutorial for using the Bookshare Web Reader: Video of How to Use Bookshare Web Reader... more
To download Go Read on your device:Open the Google Play store. Search for "Go Read" or "Bookshare." Select Go Read, then select the Install button.Once you’ve logged in to your Bookshare account you’ll be able to download and read Bookshare books directly on your... more
It may be possible that your account is set to download a different file format. To change the download format of files, please do the following:Log in to your Bookshare account.Select the My Account link.Select the Preferences link.Under the Preferences screen you... more
Most downloads require some time to be packaged prior to being made avaialble for download.  For these books you will be taken to the My History page once a book is requested for download. Please select the Available or Downloaded link to initiate download for your... more
Each web browser and application may save our books in different locations.  Please first check your downloads folder and your documents folder as these are the two most common download locations for most browsers.If you are unsuccessful please search your computer for... more
It may be possible that your network is blocking or identifying our emails as spam. Please check your spam folders to see if our emails are being routed to that folder. If so, please add *bookshare.org as a trusted sender to your email filters.If this does not work,... more
Unfortunately Bookshare receives some books from publishers that do not have page breaks..These books will have the entire book located on one page. If you're using Read:OutLoud, please select the next page arrow button on the top of the page. The program will take a... more