Read:OutLoud

Using software such as Read:OutLoud (above), patrons with print disabilities can access eBooks from OverDrive's collection of more than 125,000 titles.

In honor of leap day, I’d like to remind you of an important service from OverDrive—our Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP). Working for OverDrive has introduced me to an array of wonderful librarians, both here in the office and beyond its walls (shout out to the hundreds of librarians who’ve heard my voice narrating our “Just the Basics” training course). It has also broadened my literary palette. I’ve seen how important accessibility is to libraries and how far-reaching the LEAP service can be.

In partnership with Bookshare, a non-profit agency committed to accessibility, LEAP connects patrons with print disabilities to content in accessible digital formats. Qualified users can download up to 20 eBooks every month for a year at no cost to the library or the patron. LEAP funds membership for patrons of U.S. public libraries with an OverDrive-powered collection and offers these patrons the opportunity to enjoy accessible eBooks from a collection of more than 125,000 titles. Accessible formats include DAISY, BRF, and HTML; using software like Read: OutLoud and Victor Reader, patrons can enjoy this content on a variety of accessible devices.

If you represent a U.S. public library and are interested in adding LEAP to your digital collection, please contact your Account Specialist.

Happy leap year, everyone, and stay tuned for my St. Patrick’s Day-inspired post!

Christina Bernecker is a Training Associate at OverDrive.

One Response to “Around Here, It’s Always LEAP Year”

  1. Ted Wattenberg

    Is the LEAP Program ADA compliant?

    Does having access to LEAP for library members help a library meet ADA guidelines?

    How is the LEAP Program funded? Is is supported through government funds?