About a month ago, Cindy Orr reminded us that eBooks can be “life changing for someone with not much money living in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.” And while we are busy spreading eBooks to the furthest areas of the globe, we’re also keenly aware of libraries’ and schools’ missions to help everybody, no matter his or her ability, to read. That is why OverDrive has an ongoing commitment to accessibility.

We understand that we must continue to find alternative ways to help people enjoy books, and as an example two years ago OverDrive developed a partnership with Bookshare, a non-profit that provides timely eBook access to individuals with print disabilities. The collaboration is now known as Library eBook Accessibility Program or LEAP.

LEAP provides print-disabled patrons with access to more than 125,000 popular print materials in digital formats, such as DAISY. Plus, titles in a variety of subjects are added every month.

For qualified patrons at OverDrive-partner libraries in the U.S., OverDrive will fully fund a one-year membership to Bookshare, giving print-impaired patrons access to up to 20 accessible eBooks every month—all at no cost to the library or the patron!

U.S. libraries  with an OverDrive-powered eBook collection can simply contact their OverDrive Account Specialist and ask to add LEAP. For more information, download the PDF here or email sales@overdrive.com.

Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.

One Response to “eBook accessibility for the print impaired”

  1. Christel Pobgee

    Yet another U.S. only enhancement. Any chance something similar will be rolled out elsewhere?