Five College Consortium

Accessible Books

Required and suggested books should be accessible. These include textbooks, novels, trades, etc.

Qualities of an Accessible Book

  • It is in digital form
  • It has computer-recognizeable text or has been processed with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software
  • There are no DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions
  • Images and other visual media have descriptions

Common Problems

The following formats are often problematic, usually due to DRM restrictions:

  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • E-books 
  • Web-based textbooks

 Strategies for Accessibility

  • Get the source digital file from publisher (go to Campus Contacts for help with this)
  • Get the source digital file from Hathi Trust Digital Library (go to Campus Contacts for help with this)
  • Scan and process the book with OCR software
  • Choose books early, and put your choices in the course description and catalogs so students and disabilities services offices can have ample time to source accessible formats

Who Can Help?

A good place to start is the Tech Access contact for your campus.