RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare provides textbooks and materials in accessible formats that can be read electronically and adapted to your needs. This service is available to students with:

  • visual impairments;

  • dyslexia, autism, or attention deficit disorder; or

  • physical disabilities impacting the ability to use printed books.

Check who is eligible to use RNIB Bookshare on the service's website.

This is not a one-size-fits-all resource. If you are already comfortable using (for example) VLeBooks, you many not need it. Learn how it works on the RNIB Bookshare website.

To start using RNIB Bookshare, please contact the Welfare team to make them aware of your learning needs or contact the Library for further help.

RNIB Bookshare users are warmly invited to book a one-to-one session with a librarian to explore the features of this resource. Simply email library@qa.com.

You may also get guidance from the QAHE ACE Specialist Skills team at ACESpecialistSkills@qa.com (please note that the Specialist Skills team are separate from the ACE Team, who can be contacted via Canvas).

DA learners can also consult with their skills coach.

Users

Your assigned books or reading lists can be located at the bottom of the RNIB Bookshare home page.

Please note that the site's book collection does not cover all books in the QA reading lists.

You can choose which format you want to use. The DAISY format is specially designed to work with a wide range of accessible technology for reading text.

Unfortunately, not all available books can be read in every format.

You can download a book, or you can read it on your browser using Bookshare Web Reader by clicking the Read Now button.

Bookshare Web Reader

You can change the settings for the Bookshare Web Reader by clicking on the settings "cog" icon in the top right corner.

You can choose a dyslexia-friendly font and change the size or colour of text.

You can change the voice or speed of a text reader.

Dolphin EasyReader

If you download a book, you can read it using Dolphin EasyReader, a reading app for people with dyslexia, low vision and blindness. Dolphin EasyReader can be downloaded at the YourDolphin site.