If you are lost when it comes to using Bookshare or if you have questions about some of its specific features, you’re in luck! Bookshare has several tutorial videos available for free on their website to help you navigate and use Bookshare skillfully. They also have over 35 videos on their YouTube channel uploaded by BookshareTeam. Check out these resources here: Bookshare.org/Training. YouTube/Bookshare
You can now access your books on the go through Bookshare’s new app for Apple, Read2Go. This app gives full audio feedback as you navigate through its menu to customize your reading experience. With many different color themes for highlighting, changing backgrounds and text you are able to change each visual feature to suite your needs. It also has several audio options such as reading text out loud, how fast it is read and whether or not you need the menu read out loud. You are also able to increase the text size to a 70pt font! The app is priced at $19.99, which isn’t bad, considering both the membership and online versions are free!
With over 203,000 accessible books, Bookshare is the largest accessible library in the world, and it keeps growing!
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Do you know students who have difficulty reading because they are visually impaired, physically unable to hold a book or turn pages, or have visual tracking problems? Bookshare is a great resource for students that are not able to read or turn pages in a standard book to still receive the material in a format that is simple and easy to use! They can have words highlighted as they read, change fonts, letter size, background colors and text colors, have the book read to them, and even put a digital copy on an iPod or iPad for on the go reading! To learn more about Bookshare and how to join, check out their website: Bookshare.org We will be adding more information about Bookshare and its amazing features soon!
These are great iPad apps for annotating over PDFs and downloaded or scanned documents. Click on the images to learn more.
This entertaining video depicts what unfortunately can happen when an iPad “user” doesn’t realize the potential of their new tool.