January 26, 2021

Benetech Adds More State Library Partners to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Reading Barriers

From Benetech:

Libraries in Alabama, Massachusetts, and Florida join five other state libraries to offer Bookshare’s 690,000 accessible ebooks to expand reading opportunities.

In December, 2015, New York Public Library expanded its services to offer Bookshare’s library of accessible ebooks to patrons who cannot read printed books due to a disability such as dyslexia, blindness, low vision, or certain mobility impairments. Since then, seven more state or regional libraries have followed suit by offering Bookshare to help individuals in their communities have more meaningful and accessible reading experiences. The program has been so well received that all of these libraries have renewed their Bookshare memberships:

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These libraries recently announced agreements to offer Bookshare to qualifying patrons:

  • Perkins Library for the Blind in Massachusetts
  • Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach in Florida

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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