Benetech Signs Agreement with EIFL to Expand Access to International Libraries Using Bookshare
An agreement between Benetech and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), a nonprofit that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge, enables 41 countries to take a monumental leap closer to knowledge without borders. The agreement provides discounted access to Bookshare, the world’s largest library of accessible ebooks for people who cannot read standard print.
Benetech’s Bookshare is an online library for people who read differently or have a disability that affects their use of traditional print due to dyslexia, blindness, visual impairment, and some physical disabilities. Books are available in 33 languages and a variety of formats including large print, audio, audio synchronized with highlighted text, Microsoft Word, EPUB, and Braille. Books can be read on mobile devices, computers, and low-cost assistive technology devices using a variety of accessible reading tools.
EIFL works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. The Bookshare agreement, covering up to 420,000 titles, is open to libraries from EIFL partner consortia in the following 41 countries:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Congo, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Palestine, Poland, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.