Books Without Barriers

Jan 28, 2011
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Reading is something we do practically every day. It’s hard to imagine that some individuals aren’t able to read a book simply because it’s not accessible to them. But for those with visual impairments and other disabilities, reading becomes an obstacle when print media are not accessible in specific formats.

Bookshare is an organization that provides an online library of accessible print materials. From books to textbooks and newspapers to popular magazines, the world of knowledge is accessible to individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities. “Books without Barriers” is part of the organization’s mission and is intended “to raise the floor of access so that people with print disabilities can obtain a broad spectrum of print materials at the same time as everyone else.”

Bookshare is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. The online library is only for those with disabilities, and approximately offers 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. The library requires individuals to register as Members and provide a Proof of Disability. Bookshare’s various reading formats are available for specific disability needs, such as blindness and visual impairments, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch Users Can Read Bookshare Books with Read2Go

Today, Benetech®, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare®, announced Read2Go, a new accessible e-book reader for Apple iOS devices, developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK® brand of digital talking book players. Read2Go is the most full-featured, accessible DAISY reader available for the Apple device market.

Read2Go is the most full-featured, accessible DAISY reader for the Apple device market. This very easy-to-use app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch connects directly to Bookshare for immediate on-the-go reading. From within the app, individual users and schools supporting students can search, download, and read Bookshare books and periodicals and manage their books in a bookshelf. In addition, Read2Go reads DAISY 2.02 and 3.0 materials from some other sources.

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Author: Jenny Carlton

  • Jenna Feldman

    It’s really amazing what new resources technology has provided for people with disabilities. So cool!