Bookshare officially has over one million books! Celebrate this milestone with the community by sharing your one-in-a-million Bookshare find.6 Comments
Author: Brad Turner, VP and GM Global Education and Literacy, Benetech
Bookshare by the Numbers 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has set into motion unprecedented change in the education space, and our Bookshare initiative has risen to help address the number one challenge: how do we keep children learning when schools are closed? 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, learn, and access information in ways that work for them.Leave a Comment
Teachers on the Front Line, We Appreciate You!
Bookshare thanks and salutes teachers, aides, specialists, librarians, and therapists during #TeacherAppreciationWeek and the COVID-19 crisis.6 Comments
Celebrating 15 Million Books Delivered
Today we are celebrating an exciting milestone for impact at Benetech: we have delivered 15 million books to people with reading barriers through the Bookshare online library service and network. That’s 15 million books that users found and accessed through Bookshare that they would not otherwise have been able to read. And it’s not just about the number of books, but what these books enable people to do: pursue an education, develop professional skills, find employment, and participate in their communities. We’d like to celebrate and thank the entire community that has made this momentous milestone possible. To Bookshare’s Community…Leave a Comment
The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: What You Need to Know
On May 8, 2019, the United States joins the list of 82 member nations that have fully ratified the long-awaited Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. If you are wondering exactly what that means, you are not alone. This document outlines the basic provisions and implications of the treaty, especially as it affects the Bookshare community.9 Comments
Teachers, We Salute You!
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, from all of us at Bookshare, thank you for all that you do, day in and day out, for students.3 Comments
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…Leave a Comment
Bookshare By the Numbers
It was just about a year ago that the Benetech team celebrated 10 million books delivered through our Bookshare library. Shortly thereafter, we celebrated another amazing milestone: access to 500,000 books for Bookshare members. Those milestones speak to Benetech’s ability to use software to tackle social issues—in Bookshare’s case, access to books and information for people with disabilities—and to deliver impact at scale. But those numbers are just part of the Bookshare story. Here are a handful of additional stats to give you a more complete picture of Bookshare’s scale, impact, and reach. (Don’t forget, Bookshare is free for all…Leave a Comment