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.4 Comments
Author: Mario Oliveros, Bookshare Marketing
Book Formats for Everyone!
Options are good, and Bookshare offers more choices in the form of books, reading tools, and now book formats. Bookshare wants to help its members read how and what they want to read. Over this past year, Bookshare added new download options to our existing book formats—DAISY Text and BRF (Braille Ready Format). Continue to use these formats with your existing assistive technologies; however, if you are looking for a different reading experience, you may want to try one of the new formats. The new book formats, DAISY Audio and MP3, provide more options in terms of technology and the…1 Comment
Announcing the Winners of the Bookshare Express Summer Reading Event
Congratulations to all who participated in the Bookshare Express Summer Reading Event. This year, we had over 245 Bookshare members participate all over the world, submitting over 775 entries. Way to go! In this year’s reading event, participants took virtual trips by reading books about different places, planets and imaginary places. They traveled from Alaska in Akiak: A Tale of the Iditarod to Bloors Academy and an underground passage in Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors. After completing their journeys, participants shared what they learned! This year, we expanded the contest to include two divisions: one for international and…1 Comment
Happy Birthday Read2Go!
This month, Read2Go, the popular accessible eBook reader for the Apple iOS, turns one year old. Happy birthday Read2Go! To celebrate, we are running a Read2Go Giveaway on Twitter and sharing our reflections over the past year. And what a year it has been. Since the launch of Read2Go in July of 2011, over 16,000 apps have been installed in 33 countries around the world! When we originally developed Read2Go with partner Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, the developer of the PLEXTALK brand of products, we knew we were building an innovative app that could help many people with print disabilities…1 Comment
“Get on the Bookshare Express” Summer Reading Event!
Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Get on the Bookshare Express, our annual summer reading event! This summer, all Individual Bookshare Members are invited to participate in our annual reading event that keeps getting better. In the event this year, take a trip to places near and far, real or imaginary, all through books! How do you participate? There are two ways to participate in this summer’s reading event: Summer Contest for U.S. students with Individual Memberships Summer Promotion for non-students and International Members Summer Contest for U.S. Student Members U.S. student members are invited to…Leave a Comment
Assistive Technology Spotlight – Texthelp Apps
We are happy to feature innovative new assistive technologies in this blog. Today, we want to tell you about a Web App from Texthelp, eBook Reader, that reads Bookshare books in the Cloud. eBook Reader is one of a new suite of Web Apps that work within browsers on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and other mobile devices as well as PCs and Macs. A short video shows how the eBook Reader works. Current Apps include: Read&Write Web, eBook Reader for Bookshare® eBooks, Speech, and Dictionary. Students in schools and colleges who use Read&Write GOLD can use these Apps at school…1 Comment
150,000 Student Members, 125,000 books, and a New OSEP Award
We are excited to announce that Bookshare now serves over 150,000 student members and has over 125,000 books in the collection. Of these, 80,000 are educational titles that continue to pour into the library from publishers, as well as hundreds of student textbook requests that are fulfilled every month! These are major milestones that we have achieved a year ahead of schedule as part of our 5-year Bookshare for Education (B4E) award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). We look forward to continuing our support of students with print disabilities. To this end, Benetech,…10 Comments
Celebrate National Dyslexia Awareness Month and Win Read2Go!
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month, and Bookshare invites you to help spread the word. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that results in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. You can learn more about dyslexia by visiting the International Dyslexia Association website. Individuals with severe cases of dyslexia may find it very difficult or virtually impossible to read traditional print books. Bookshare makes printed text accessible to people with print disabilities like dyslexia, visual impairments, and physical disabilities by allowing them to listen to books with highly natural text-to-speech voices, read multi-modally (see and hear words…8 Comments
Announcing the Winners of “Bookshare Everywhere” Summer Contest!
Congratulations to all our summer contest participants on a job well done! 398 students, from Kindergarten to college, participated in making Bookshare’s third annual summer contest a success. This year’s theme, “Bookshare Everywhere,” celebrated summer reading and encouraged students to take Bookshare books wherever they went. Students participated by reading as many books as they could and sharing where they read books this summer and how they made summer fun! Ready to meet the prize winners? Drum roll please! Grand Prize: This year’s grand prize iPad 2 was awarded to the contestant who came closest to guessing the total number…1 Comment