Reasons to Subscribe to the
Accessible Book Collection
If you are asking "Why should I subscribe
to the Accessible Book Collection when Bookshare is free for schools and
students?" here is an answer.
By all means you should sign-up for
Bookshare. After all it is now free for schools and students, so why not? It
is a terrific resource and tool for learning. While you are signing up please also consider
subscribing to the Accessible Book Collection for these reasons:
- Our books include illustrations.
- Our books have all been proofread.
- Our books are chosen to be
appropriate for pre-K
to 12th grade students.
- Many of our picture books for young
kids have been formatted with UDL principles in mind and with switch
accessibility built in. Look here
for more info.
- We include books specially written
for older struggling readers.
- Our books can be listed by title,
author, reading level, or interest level so finding a book is a snap.
- Our subscriptions are almost free.
See here for details.
Your students deserve the best. A free
electronic book that has not been proofread is not good enough for students
with most print disabilities. Can you imagine reading a book with
multiple typos? Next imagine how disruptive that would be for a student with
a reading disability.
Illustrations enhance and support the
text. A free electronic book that excludes illustrations short changes your
students. A book with multiple typos and with the illustrations
deleted might be better than no book at all but
when a book is available without multiple typos and with illustrations,
isn't that what your students deserve and need?
While our book list is far shorter than
Bookshare's we have better books, books for young kids with pictures, and
books in switch accessible formats. While we're not free we still represent
a terrific bargain by any measure so please consider subscribing to our
service. Bookshare and the Accessible Book Collection belong in every
While you're here take a look around and
feel free to email Joe
Rickerson, our executive director, with any questions you may have.