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What Apps Do Bookshare Members Use?

Bookshare’s ebook library is one of the most versatile resources for people with reading barriers. In addition to having over 700,000 titles, members can read on almost any device, platform, and a host of compatible partner apps. Over 400 Bookshare users responded to our 2018 Technology Survey and shared their most used apps and technologies. So what are the most popular? Let’s break it down.

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Announcing the Bookshare Book Club

Bookshare has long been a community of book lovers who read everything from mystery to romance to spy novels. The only thing we love more than reading books is talking about books. With that in mind, we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new book club! Each month Bookshare staff will choose a book for members to read before hosting a discussion on the last Friday of the month. The conversation will take place on Bookshare Twitter, using the hashtag #BKSBookClub. While we have created this club with adult Bookshare members in mind, everyone is welcome to join, including…

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Bookshare By the Numbers

At the end of 2017, I shared Bookshare by the Numbers. Since then, our collection and membership has continued to grow and reach new milestones. We have added over 100,000 more members and delivered 2,000,000 more books. We’ve expanded to new countries and added new publisher partners, allowing Bookshare to reach more people with more books than ever before. These numbers show the scale at which software can be used to build a more inclusive future, in this case by providing people with reading barriers with a means to read and access information in ways that work for them. To…

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How Bookshare is Closing the Literacy Gap in Alaska (Part 2)

In Part 1, we learned how Mystie Rail, Executive Director of Assistive Technology of Alaska, provides resources for Alaskans with disabilities. In Part 2, we learn how high school student LenaMarie leverages Bookshare, Voice Dream Reader, and other resources to succeed in her classes. LenaMarie is seventeen and lives in Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow) which lies 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle. She was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia and also experiences anxiety. School was very challenging, and she often felt like a failure. Her parents urged the school to provide more accommodations like assistive technology (AT) and accessible instructional…

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How Bookshare is Closing the Literacy Gap in Alaska (Part 1)

This two-part blog describes Alaska’s approach to providing assistive technology resources to support reading and the positive effect on people with disabilities In 2000, Mystie Rail moved to Anchorage, Alaska, for what she thought would only be one year. Nineteen years later, she still resides in Alaska administering assistive technology support services throughout the state. Mystie is the Executive Director of Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA), a nonprofit organization that provides accessible and cost-effective technology solutions that promote independent living and success for residents with disabilities “from twinkle to wrinkle,” says Mystie. Alaska’s geographic, linguistic, economic, and cultural diversity present challenges to…

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Celebrate Love With These Valentine’s Day Reads

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. To celebrate, we’ve pulled together a selection of books for adults and teens that explore love in its many forms, from steamy romances to heartwarming friendships. Romance Novels That Want to Be Your Valentine Looking for a love story to set your heart aflutter this Valentine’s Day? Check out the romantic reads from this new collection for adults and teens!  99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne – Darcy has been in love with her brother Jamie’s attractive, kind, and totally off limits best friend Tom for as long as…

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Valentine’s Day Books to Inspire Love for Reading and Love for Others

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to teach young ones to have love and compassion for those around them. These silly stories and heartfelt reads teach children about the power of love, friendship, and kindness. Books for Young Readers That Teach Love and Kindness These delightful books highlight the value of friendship, empathy, and love for young readers. This is Not a Valentine, Carter Higgins – This clever book pushes children to think about the little ways we show our love to those we care for and admire. This touching story of friendship provides a refreshing, grounded take on Valentine’s…

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Author is a Champion for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Books

Bookshare member Katherine Schneider describes her passion for inclusion and why she originated the Schneider Family Book Award Bookshare members come in all shapes and sizes, and they all have a unique story to tell and wisdom to share. Today we meet Katherine Schneider. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She taught, counseled, supervised, and directed several university counseling services before retiring. She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her ninth Seeing Eye dog, Luna. How did you develop a love of…

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Bookshare Impacts Even More Lives in 2018

Before we jump into 2019 with both feet, let’s look back on 2018 and celebrate key Bookshare milestones and accomplishments. Library Grows by Leaps and Bounds Bookshare’s goal is to make every book available to people with reading barriers by converting them into easy-to-read formats. This past year, we added close to 100,000 new books to our online library, bringing the total collection to 675,000 ebooks in 45 languages. Over 1.5 million titles were downloaded around the world, and – drum roll please – these are the top ten books downloaded by members. Wonder by R. J. Palacio Harry Potter…

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