How to Find your Textbook in Electronic Formats
Tag: Alternate Format Text
In some cases, your books may already be available in an electronic format. Below are some resources to help you find them:
The AccessText Network (ATN) helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their disability service offices directly with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files. These files are used to create accessible versions of the textbooks.
ATN allows students a platform to search all of the resources below to find if the book is available in an electronic format. In some cases, those may be free to students, and in others, our office may need to request those books on your behalf.
How to Find Your Book on the ATN web site:
Search ATN's Accessible Textbook Finder by typing in the ISBN or making the selection to enter the Title of your book.
- Check all of the boxes for multiple sources to find your book to include: Access Text Network, Alternative Media Access Center, Bookshare, CourseSmart, Learning Ally, National Library Service, Project Gutenberg or Vital Source.
Students can order their books directly from the source listed and do not need to submit the Alternate Textbook Request Form for that book. To order accessible electronic books directly from Bookshare, CourseSmart, the National Library Service, Project Gutenberg or Vital Source, go to the link below and order your book:
- Learning Ally A new research-based program designed to give students support throughout college.
- Read How You Want is an accessibility site from which you can obtain a title in whatever font size or accessibility format you desire, including DAISY and other text-to-speech editions. These titles are direct-for-sale to the end-user, so it is no longer necessary for the student to buy an unusable text copy of the book. The student can access the RHYW site directly, search for the desired book, and purchase in the desired format.
- VitalSource is a platform for purchasing online textbooks from many major publishers. Their reading platform, Bookshelf, is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- National Library Service is a network of regional and subregional libraries that provide a free library service to persons who are unable to use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. Library patrons can expect to borrow audio or braille books such as they might find in print at a local public library.
- Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks, including free epub books as well as free kindle books.