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Some DAISY books have human narration, and many do not. Bookshare books only contain digital text.DAISY format is an extremely flexible file format that permits both digital audio (such as recorded human speech) and digital text (that can be read with any of the... more
Yes, Bookshare has a growing collection of books for early elementary readers. Please note not all Bookshare Books include grade information yet. Please use the Bookshare advanced search to designate the reading level of books you wish to search. Additionally... 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. To begin the process please submit a Book Request.
Yes, Bookshare has access to these files via colleges and universities through partnerships with for scanning and sharing books.Bookshare hopes to build many more partnerships with colleges and universities to legally share their scanned textbooks through Bookshare... more
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has funded access to Bookshare for all U.S. print-disabled students in K-12, post-secondary, graduate and continuing education classes. Read more about the OSEP award here: Benetech Wins Five... more
All Bookshare memberships are valid for one year from the time of sign up.To renew please see our information here. You will receive an email reminder two weeks prior to membership expiration.Bookshare does ask schools to confirm that students are still enrolled once... more
Bookshare expects members (or parents/guardians for students less than 18 years of age) to self-certify student enrollment status, but reserves the right to request proof.For example, if a student gets an individual membership citing enrollment in a school that has... more
Schools can register for organizational memberships and download books for their students online. You can also request individual memberships for students who want independent access to the library.For schools and students in the U.S., membership is free through an... more
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.