Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Free, Copyrighted Digital Books!

This is huge news!

Bookshare.org has this exciting announcement at their website:
We're happy to share incredible news, which will transform Bookshare.org. On Friday, the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. federal Department of Education made a major five-year award of $32 million to Bookshare.org. This will further the objectives of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), by supplying high quality textbooks and educational materials to students with special needs.
What this means is that all print disabled students can now have access to all copyrighted books and textbooks that are part of Bookshare's vast library of scanned materials. Those classic, copyrighted books that are read in high school - To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch-22, 1984, Grapes of Wrath, etc are now available for our students.

They will be able to access the recent classics independently and this is incredible news.

Check out the procedure at the Bookshare website. And introduce your students to the books that they may have missed. Digital text is accessible!!

1 comment:

TLC said...

Karen, I think you should lead Reading, if not MA to get signed up by the end of the year! How's that for a challenge. No seriously, what a good thing for our students in Massachusetts and the country.