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Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers
February 11, 2013 | 10:00 am

BookshareBookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with impairments such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities or low vision. The Web Reader will allow Bookshare members to open books, including NIMAC textbooks, in a browser without the need of any downloads or separate software. The Web Reader is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9 and above. Web Reader allows individuals to adjust font size, colors and display format....

U.S. Senator Congratulates Bookshare on 10th Anniversary!
April 5, 2012 | 11:03 am

Five individuals standing with Senator Tom Harkin in the middle flanked on his left by Tom Sheridan, Julie Freed, and on his right by Jim Fruchterman and Betsy Beaumon, standing, all in dark suits, From the Bookshare blog: On March 8, 2012, ninety guests gathered at the U.S. Capitol to hearSenator Tom Harkin (IA- D), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Appropriations Committee, recognize the good work of the staff and volunteers of Bookshare on its 10th anniversary. The Iowa Senator and Julie Freed, an assistive technology teacher and constituent of the Senator’s home state, thanked Bookshare for breaking down barriers to reading access for individuals with print disabilities. Senator Tom Harkin (middle) with Tom Sheridan and Julie Freed (left), Jim Fruchterman and Betsy Beaumon (right) In his speech, Senator Harkin first acknowledged the leadership of...

Bookshare celebrates 10 years of providing eBooks to those with print disabilities, by Sue Polanka
March 14, 2012 | 8:55 am

Nsr2 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 library for individuals with print disabilities. Jim Fruchterman, the CEO and founder of the nonprofit Benetech, the parent organization of Bookshare, envisioned a library of eBooks formed by volunteers digitizing and legally sharing them over the Internet with others with qualified print disabilities (such as blindness,...

Bookshare Passes 150,000 Student Members & 125,000 Titles
October 12, 2011 | 9:02 am

Image003 From the press release: Bookshare® a global leader in copyrighted, digital accessible books for people with print disabilities, is dramatically overachieving its five year collection and member targets at the close of its fourth year of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).   Benetech®, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, simultaneously received a new 1-year award from OSEP for a project called ‘LIT’ or Leveraging Impact Through Technology. In the LIT project, Benetech will use technology innovation to scale up efforts that will maximize impact for years to come and ensure...

John Wiley & Sons partners with Bookshare
April 15, 2011 | 9:46 am

Image001 From an email I received from Bookshare: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a leading publisher serving the professional, consumer, scientific, technical, medical and academic communities worldwide, has agreed to provide Bookshare with digital files of professional and trade titles for their collection. This agreement will broaden the access of people with disabilities to Wiley content.    ...

Bookshare crosses 100,000 member milestone
July 13, 2010 | 1:26 am

Screen shot 2010-07-12 at 7.28.42 PM.pngFrom their press release: Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for individuals with print disabilities, today announced a milestone event – surpassing 100,000 qualified members around the world. Bookshare’s Publisher program also crossed a substantial milestone, with more than 60 publishers from a wide range of publishing sectors agreeing to contribute digital files to Bookshare for worldwide distribution. These files expand Bookshare’s library with current popular fiction and nonfiction titles, academic and scholarly works, textbooks, and educational materials. The University Partners Program has grown substantially and has over 20 university partners regularly contributing books...

Cambridge Univ. Press grants worldwide digital rights to Bookshare – help for the print disabled
May 21, 2010 | 9:53 am

cambridge.jpegThis is an important announcement for persons with print disabilities. From their press release: Cambridge University Press has entered into a license agreement with Bookshare, the California-based nonprofit organization that provides books in accessible formats for people with qualified print disabilities such as blindness or low vision, a physical disability or a severe learning disability that affects reading. Under the terms of the digital rights license agreement, Cambridge will deliver academic and scholarly books from all of its regional publishing centers around the world to Bookshare for conversion into accessible formats. Individuals with qualified print disabilities around the world...