About the service
Through its extensive collection of educational and popular titles, specialized book formats, and reading tools, Bookshare offers individuals who cannot read standard print materials the same ease of access that people without disabilities enjoy. In 2007 and 2012, Bookshare received two five-year awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U.S. students with a qualifying print disability.
Bookshare has more than 460,000 members and over 460,000 books  in its collection. Benetech partners with over 820 publishers to add existing books and new releases to the Bookshare digital library. Benetech also partners with libraries such as New York Public Library to bring accessible content to individuals with qualified disabilities.
Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, a Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit that develops and uses technology to create positive social change.
Schools and Institutes for the Blind work with bookshare such as with Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
- "Special Text Collections for the Visually Impaired - American Foundation for the Blind". Afb.org. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- "Bookshare | LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired". Lighthouse-sf.org. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- "Bookshare". VisionAware. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- Nirvi Shah, EdWeek. "Bookshare Plans to Make Graphics, Math in Books More Accessible".
- "Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks". Bookshare. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
- "Current Students: Bookshare - Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired". Hadley.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- "Bookshare: Books for the Visually Impaired : The Lions Blog". Lionsclubs.org. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2017-04-28.