Nov 24

As part of their outreach efforts, Bookshare has offered to give anyone (with a qualifying disability) a free one month trial membership if a current volunteer (that would be me) refers them. To claim your trial membership, you’ll have to do two things:

1) Contact me with your name and email address. You can leave a comment here, use the Contact form, or send me a tweet @DisabilityBook on Twitter.

2) Enter the following promo code in Step 3 of the form when you sign up: VGM2010

And to put the icing on the cake, the volunteer who refers the most new members each month gets to pick books to add to the collection, and a donor will pay for the books and scanning. Tell me what book you would like to read that isn’t already on Bookshare when you contact me, and I’ll consider it for recommendation if I win!

This is a great opportunity to read all those books you’ve been missing out on. Thanks to Bookshare for giving away memberships!

Sep 08

From Andrew Savikas on O’Reilly’s “Tools of Change for Publishing” blog:

For years we’ve supplied our digital files to Bookshare, a non-profit that provides accessible reading material to the print disabled. For qualifying readers, our books are made available worldwide, and we’ve really enjoyed working with Jim Fruchterman and the Bookshare team along the way (I’m also on their Advisory Board).

Although the DRM-free EPUB files in our ebook bundles are compatible with many reading systems for print disabled customers, many readers prefer the DAISY format that Bookshare provides, and either don’t qualify for access via Bookshare, or would prefer to pay for the ebooks. Through a collaboration with Bookshare, today we’ve started making DAISY files available within our ebook bundles on oreilly.com for more than 800 titles. If you’ve already bought an oreilly.com ebook, you can find the DAISY files on your account page at https://members.oreilly.com or http://oreilly.com/e on a mobile device.

Our mission at O’Reilly is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators, and making our books available in accessible DAISY format helps us accomplish that mission.

There’s more details on the DAISY format from the DAISY Consortium, including a list of software and hardware reading systems.

Aug 18

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, BookShare is offering a free three of trial membership (good for 20 book downloads per month) to all Americans with qualifying print disabilities. At the end of the three months, new members will receive suggestions about how to sign up for individual memberships.

Here are 4 easy steps to follow to get the free trial:

  1. Sign up before August 31, 2010. Select the 18 and over Individual membership option.
  2. Complete the online contact forms. Enter ADA20 in the promotion code field.
  3. Agree to the terms of use online.
  4. Fax proof of disability to 650.475.1066. You can provide an NLS certification, RFB&D member number, or the Bookshare proof of disability form signed by a qualified professional.
Jun 03

Individual Bookshare members in grades K-12 that read books about the 50 U.S. states can enter to win a number of cool prizes, including an iPod Nano or a Victor Reader Stream. Visit http://www.bookshare.org/roadTrip for more information.

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