Are you ready to turn it up?
Get ready to have a blast with the Bookshare reading challenge! This summer, we invite you to Turn It Up and Tell the World what to read.
Who knows what’s cool better than you? No one – that’s why we want you to read and share your favorite summer books. You’ll help other members discover awesome new titles, and you’ll get tons of thanks and kudos from the Bookshare community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the Bookshare website!
How Does It Work?
- Read – find cool titles on Bookshare and read them
- Share – using Facebook, Twitter and the Bookshare website, share what’s cool about the books you read
- Get Thanks and Kudos – get recognized by the community, join discussions on Facebook and Twitter, and have your books featured on Bookshare
Your favorite books will become popular, and you’ll get the kudos you deserve!
The Turn It Up and Tell the World reading challenge starts on June 22nd. Make sure you’re ready by following these steps:
- Visit our Reading Challenge page for details, staff book picks, and the latest updates
- Sign up to get important challenge email updates
- Make sure your membership is active
- Find books (Teachers: get your students ready by adding titles to a Reading List.)
Don’t miss this challenge! Make sure you get all the important news and updates. Good luck!
Sam Myers, a senior psychology student at the University of Wyoming, was looking for assistive technology software that would read his textbooks aloud. Because of a visual impairment in one of his eyes, Sam could not read for long periods of time without straining his vision, and large amounts of reading became very tedious and time consuming.
As an audio-learner, Sam thought audio textbooks could possibly assist with his college reading and help to improve his performance as a student. He already had an iPad and tried to use the built-in screen reader feature, called VoiceOver, however, VoiceOver was not compatible with the e-textbooks for his courses. That’s when Sam turned to Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) for troubleshooting and assistance through the Wyoming Clearinghouse for Accessible Educational Materials and Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR).
By working with WIND staff, Sam learned of a resource called Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities that provides free memberships to qualifying U.S. students and schools. With the assistance of WIND and verification from his doctor, Sam was able to gain free access to Bookshare for all his textbooks for the semester.
“I have a lot more time now that I am reading my books through audio,” said Sam. “It is much less strain on my eyes and I am even able to study while I am doing my physical therapy exercises. Learning about Bookshare is going to be a great tool for graduate school. Assistive technology solutions are not transparent to everyone, so it is good to have a program like WIND and people who are so willing to help.”
Special thanks to Sam Myers, the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities for allowing us to republish this post.
Bookshare enriches the lives of people with print disabilities well beyond school into their adult lives. Often members tell us they now enjoy exploring new interests and hobbies and finding resources to help them with their careers. Members stay connected to the world through local and national news. They catch up on the hottest books their friends are reading, and they pursue lifelong learning.
Our staff is catching up with college students about how they plan to use Bookshare after school, and today’s blog features Amber Steet, a Bookshare member since the ninth grade.
Meet Amber Steet
Amber has a full course load at the University of Texas at San Antonio and will graduate next year with honors and a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies in education and anthropology. After college, she plans to work as a teacher of the visually impaired.
When we caught up with her, Amber was gearing up to participate in a National Student Exchange Program and receive one of the highest individual honors given to college students: “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”
Amber has an impressive track record of academic achievement, leadership, and extracurricular activities. She is an officer in the Honor’s Society, mentors elementary students, and plans to continue to volunteer after college, most likely in a hospital. We congratulate Amber on all of her accomplishments and pursuits!
Is Bookshare in Amber’s Future?
“Yes, I’m positively going to continue my membership to Bookshare, even after school,” she says. “The library gives me free reign to read and gain knowledge.”
When asked how she plans to tap into Bookshare as a teacher, Amber said, “Hopefully to read what I enjoy and find career resources and stories that will benefit me as a teacher and for my students.”
We ask all current and future Bookshare members, what’s next for you? Are you signed up to enjoy lifelong learning?
We hope so!
Watch Amber’s Summer Video About Reading Bookshare Books on a BrailleNote.
Calling all Canadians…do you love to read a good story?
How about 225,000 amazing stories, all available at your fingertips for FREE?
Canadians with qualified print disabilities can easily access all the latest ebooks, like NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson, Oprah’s Book Club titles, like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, and CBC Canada Reads books, like When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid.
Free ebooks—How Is This Possible?
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) partnered with Bookshare, the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities, to offer a huge collection of over 225,000 titles, including new releases, bestsellers, mysteries, romance, science fiction, autobiographies, and books for school and career.
In addition, Bookshare books do not have expiration dates, and people with print disabilities can read many different ways and on a variety of reading tools!
More Ways to Read!
With Bookshare, you get many reading options—more than any other accessible library. You can read books on tablets, smartphones, computers, assistive technology devices, MP3 players, and more. And because Bookshare books come in accessible formats like DAISY and BRF (Braille Ready Format), they can be read the following ways:
- Listen to words read aloud
- See and hear words read on a screen
- Read with enlarged fonts
- Read with refreshable braille
What Do You Get with Bookshare?
With a Bookshare membership, you get all of the following:
- Unlimited access to more than 225,000 titles with no expiration dates!
- 24/7 availability to the Bookshare website
- Free reading tools for PC, Mac, and Android devices
- Friendly and helpful customer support
- Access to a lively and supportive community of Bookshare members
Sign Up Today with These Four Easy Steps!
- Make sure you qualify as a Canadian with a print disability.
- Contact your local local library to register for CELA services.
Welcome to all our Canadian members.
P.S. If you know someone who could benefit from this offer, please share this information!