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Bookshare Program

As excited as you might be that your organic chemistry textbook can be translated into a machine readable format, sometimes you would rather just listen to a Harry Potter novel. The Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers sponsor subscriptions to for our eligible clients, giving them access to a large library of downloadable books for pleasure reading at no cost to the client. The Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers are excited to be able to assist our clients in all areas of their reading lives.

Bookshare takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into formats for people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, or mobility limitations that prevent them from enjoying ordinary books. If you have a disability which prevents you from enjoying books fully, please check with Disability Services for Students (Franklin Hall 096, phone # 855-7578) to determine if you are eligible for the Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center's subscription sponsorship. If eligible they will then provide your proof of eligibility to Bookshare and contact the ATAC; we will then help you register and sponsor your subscription for as long as you are affiliated with Indiana University.

Once you are registered with Bookshare, you can search and download any of the books in the collection without having to wait for them to be scanned, and you can access as many books as you want for free. The Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers pay for your subscription at no cost to you. makes the text of books available in .html (readable by Kurzweil 3000) or .opf (readable by Victor Reader, a free download when logged into a Bookshare account) formats. In addition to screen readers .html can be made more readable through Zoomtext and increasing the font size. Books are downloaded in a compressed format that can be unzipped with standard unzipping software or through their Unpack Tool, which is also a free download for registered users. Books in's collection can also be ordered embossed in Braille and mailed to anyone in the United States, even if they are not registered members.