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Accessible Book providers

The table below lists providers of accessible digital books. Most of the providers are voluntary organisations or publicly-funded services offering books for no or low cost but there are also some commercial providers of accessible digital books. Most of the providers supply books under the Copyright Licensing Agency Print Disability licence which allows copies of books to be made  in accessible formats​ and distributed to people with disabilities. This includes people with visual or hearing impairment, physical disability, dyslexia or reading difficulties, learning difficulties and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

If you are interested in obtaining commercial ebooks, look on the Commercial eBooks section of the web site.

Provider Description Formats Users
The Books for All Scotland Database The BFAS Database is managed by CALL and funded by the Scottish Government. It is available to teachers and staff in Scottish schools via either Scran or Glow login. The database has publisher files from Hodder Gibson and TeeJay and there are a lot of PDF files in Large Print from producers across the country. The database also lets you search for books on the Seeing Ear (see below). PDF, LIT, Clicker 5, Audio e.g. MP3, Large Print PDF, Braille Print-disabled pupils in Scotland
The Seeing Ear A charity providing a (free) database of books in MS Word and/or Plain Text format. They can be accessed as they are, or converted into another format such as PDF, Daisy, Braille etc.  DOC and/or Plain text Print-disabled readers in the UK
RNIB Bookshare RNIB Bookshare is a free service providing accessible textbooks and images to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print. RNIB Bookshare is delivered by founding partners RNIB and Dyslexia Action, with development funding (2011-2013) from the Department for Education. The service is free, for use by staff who are supporting learners, in the UK, that have a print disability. RNIB Bookshare has a large number of files provided by the publishers, including for example Leckie and Leckie, Nelson Thorne, Heinemann and Oxford University Press. 


Print disabled pupils in the UK

Project Gutenberg A free database of 46,000 out-of-copyright eBooks by authors like Robert Burns, Dickens, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, etc HTML (web), Plain text, EPUB (eBook format), PDF Anyone
Bookshare UK US online library of books for people with print disabilities. The US site has 43,000 books and about 5,000 are available in the UK and internationally Daisy 3, BRF (Braille) Print disabled readers: $75 initial fee; $50 subscription
The Book Depository Free eBooks 11,000 free eBooks in PDF from 'Dodo Press'. Mainly out-of-copyright titles by authors like Jack London, Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, etc.

Clicker Books Oxford Reading Tree and Trackers books in Clicker 5 format. The books also have interactive activities and exercises. Audio narration and switch accessible. CLX (Clicker 5) Anyone
Oxford Reading Tree Talking Stories On-screen versions of ORT books with audio narration. Not switch accessible. Bespoke ORT Anyone
Page by Page Books Out of copyright books for reading a page at a time on the internet. HTML (web) Anyone
Pete Wells Sensory Stories A fabulous collection of Pete's renowned disgusting sensory stories - scripts together with animated, narrated powerpoints. The stories aren't published books as such, but they are brilliant fun for all ages. Powerpoint



UK charity providing audiobooks in a variety of formats – CD, USB, streaming and download.  They have over 10k titles for adults and children.

MP3 Anyone
University of Virginia Etext library A free database of over 2,100 out-of-copyright eBooks by authors like Robert Burns, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, etc LIT (Microsoft Reader), HTML (web), Palm Reader Anyone
Tar Heel Reader A collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics, for beginning readers of all ages. Note that these are written by the contributers - they are not accessible versions of 'published works'. Web, Powerpoint, Impress, Flash Anyone