One of the leading independent book publishers in North America, and the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in North America, Sourcebooks, has signed an agreement with Bookshare to provide an extensive selection of titles across its imprints. This partnership means that our Bookshare members will receive access to an eclectic and exciting breadth of Sourcebooks titles.
When asked about this partnership, Betsy Beaumon, the Vice President and General Manager of the Literacy Program at Benetech had this to say: “Our agreement with Sourcebooks is especially important because, in addition to their wide-ranging list of general interest titles, they publish several of the leading college and test study guides.”
Why is it important that they publish college and test study guides? Because, historically, the number of high school students with print disabilities who transition into postsecondary education and employment has been low, in fact some studies have found that number to be as low as 60%. With access to study guides, test preparation materials, and stories depicting the excitement of college life, including: Gruber’s SAT, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, and the U.S. News & World Report Ultimate College Guide, as well as books about college life, such as The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run into in College, by Harlan Cohen, we hope that our student members will take advantage of these resources and books, and that we can have a small role in helping to increase the number of students transitioning to postsecondary education.
Dominique Raccah, the Publisher of Sourcebooks, shared the following with us: “We are committed to reaching all readers with books that will illuminate, inspire and enlighten their lives. We publish several series for reluctant readers, send our catalog to 20,000 high school guidance counselors in the U.S. twice a year and through our digital publishing program we offer e-books, enhanced ebooks and iPhone apps. Our agreement with Bookshare strengthens our commitment to making books easily accessible to all readers around the world.”
Thank you, Dominique, for sharing your extensive collection with our Bookshare members. Books from Sourcebooks are already flowing into the Bookshare collection, and are available to our members today.