Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities

March 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

March 12, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA – Bookshare, the global leader in providing digital accessible books to people with print disabilities, today announced its 10th anniversary. Throughout the last ten years, Bookshare has been at the forefront of the digital book revolution, applying Silicon Valley technology to pioneer an innovative new approach to a […]

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TOC Keynote, Making the book truly accessible, Jim Fruchterman, Benetech

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

Jim Fruchterman wants to make the book truly accessible and feels we have a good start, but a long way to go. Bookshare is the largest online library for people with disabilities, they download more than 1 million books per year. His service only serves about 1% of the population, and they turn away so […]

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Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I […]

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O’Reilly Media offers DAISY formats in ebook bundles

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

From an O’Reilly Media press release: For years O’Reilly Media has supplied digital files of our books to Bookshare, a non-profit that provides accessible reading material to the print disabled. For qualifying readers, these ebooks are made available worldwide. And now, through a collaboration with Bookshare, we’ve started making the easy-access DAISY (Digital Accessible Information […]

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OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings.  The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon.  Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features.  My […]

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Finally, a Textbook Program for Students with Disabilities

May 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

Being part of the Wright State University community has given me a whole new perspective on students with disabilities.  Approximately 10% of our population is part of this community.  It is very difficult for these students to get their textbooks and other course material in a format appropriate to their needs.  That has just been […]

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