Bookshare is an web-based resource for accessible digital text. Here is some basic information on this resource:
- What type of text do you get? This website allows you to download visual digital text (or Braille) onto your computer.
- Who can use it? Students must qualify to use this resource. Qualification details can be found here.
- How do I read it? You will need a text to speech tool to read this digital text. You can use the built-in feature, download Read:OutLoud for free from the bookshare website, or use a sophisticated scan and read tool, such as Kurzweil 3000. You can find more information on text to speech tools here.
- Positive features about this resource: You will be able to find virtually any currently copyrighted book on this site. You will then be able to read the text, highlight, make notes, use the dictionary, etc...
- Drawbacks about this resource: You will need to use a text to speech tool to hear this text read aloud. Some students do not like the "robot voice" of the computer. The files can also be a little tricky to download.
If you have questions about this resource, just ask Rachel Kuberry.
- General Bookshare "how-to" handout : This handout walks you through the steps of finding, downloading, then reading a book from Bookshare.
- How to create individual Bookshare student membership accounts: This handout is designed for teachers. It goes over the steps for creating individual student membership accounts for students that are already signed up for Bookshare through the district's account.
- Tips for transferring Bookshare files: This handout offers multiple solutions for transferring Bookshare files from different computers or from home to school.
- How to access Bookshare at home : This handout is created for parents and gives a basic overview of how to access Bookshare from home.
Overview video: This video shows basic features of the website, including membership qualifications, "members", "sponsors", and finding books.How to download books and open books: This video shows you how to download books. It goes over the variety of file types you may select to download (including DAISY files) and walks you through the steps of the download process. Remember... its best to use FIREFOX to download books. It then shows you where to find the downloaded book and how to open it using a web browser.How to use Microsoft Word to read the books:This video shows you how to transfer the text from a web browser to Microsoft Word:For additional videos on using Microsoft Word to read and annotate digital text, go to the Microsoft Word Accessibility Page for ReadingTroubleshooting videos:If you can't "unzip" your Bookshare file, watch this video:If you open your Bookshare file and its nothing but garbage symbols, watch this video:
- Bookshare website
- Resources for the built-in text to speech feature (within the Mac operating system) can be found on the Mac OS Accessibility page
- Additional resources for using the features of Microsoft Word to read and annotate digital text can be found on the Microsoft Word Accessibility Page for Reading
- Excellent resource page for viewing Bookshare files on other devices (including Chromebooks, Droids, iOS devices, and more!)