Struggling with books and need education books in a format that you can read?
Monday 24 June 2019
At RNIB Bookshare we support learners with a print disability to access the curriculum. We provide accessible textbooks and resources for learners with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014.
We work with publishers to provide over 200,000 books as accessible electronic files that can be downloaded by (and on behalf of) learners who can read them on a tablet or PC or adapt them into various accessible formats such as PDF, Word, DAISY or audio, so that their reading needs are met.
The service is available to learners through a school gaining membership. We are completely free to all UK education organisations and currently reach nearly 7,000 schools, colleges, universities and sensory support services across the UK.
We support learners from early learning literacy to further and higher education learning, so we can be available to a learner throughout their education.
The service is well known for sight loss; however we are keen to let learners with dyslexia know that RNIB Bookshare is for them too. The books can be viewed electronically using reading apps such as Dolphin EasyReader in the learners preferred reading format or in audio.
What do teachers say about RNIB Bookshare?
"I use it for textbooks – especially when the publishers put books on, such as Pearson. Invaluable resource.”
"Used for tuition books. It lightens the workload of our curriculum support officer, who modifies books on request. We've used it for leisure reading, using member (learner) accounts."
“The breadth of the electronic books you have is fantastic!”
“RNIB Bookshare is one of my top tips for teachers.”
Charlie, one of our learners says,
"It would have been almost impossible if I didn't have (RNIB) Bookshare. I'm doing my GCSE's at the moment and being able to come home and revise independently ... has been a massive help for me and, fingers crossed, it can improve my grades."
Do you already use RNIB Bookshare?
If so we would love to hear any great stories you have about how the service is being used to support learners with dyslexia, please get in contact.