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Wednesday, 31st March 2010

OverDrive Announces New Program for Visually Impaired Readers

Note: If the Following Program Sounds Familiar, You're on Target!

ResourceShelf posted about it two weeks ago.

However, the news about program from OverDrive (via ALA) is worth repeating. Today, it's posted on a District Dispatch from the ALA Washington Office.

Digital content distributor OverDrive is announcing a new program for visually impaired readers, LEAP (Library eBook Accessibility Program). Through LEAP, OverDrive is offering a free one-year Bookshare account to qualifying patrons of libraries that offer eBooks from OverDrive. The accounts will allow patrons to download up to 20 accessible Bookshare eBooks per month.

There is a different selection available under this program than OverDrive’s standard eBook offerings. Though there is some overlap between Bookshare’s catalog and the standard OverDrive catalog, only Bookshare titles will be available through LEAP. Bookshare currently offers over 70,000 titles.


OverDrive asserted its commitment to accessibility in a memo detailing its efforts, including the launch of the LEAP program, and mentioned the possibility of developing its own eBook reader software that would better meet the needs of the visually-impaired.

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Bookshares Criteria for Membership

Source: ALA, OverDrive


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