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Accessibility: E-books

Accessibility of e-books

An e-book is usually a good option for a person having reading disabilities. The Tampere higher education community has access to an extensive collection of e-books from various fields. We always  order an e-book version of a course book, if one is available with terms of use suitable for organizational use.

  • In most cases, e-book services offer a possibility to enlarge the size of the book text or change colors and contrasts to better match your needs.
  • In many e-book services,  it is possible to download a book to Adobe Digital Editions, which usually works well with screen readers. You will find a link and instructions for downloading the free reader in the E-resource guide's Reading and downloading -page.
  • Some books have a separate accessibility mode or listening option (ReadALoud).
  • E-book guide lists e-book services on downloading instructions pages (A-H and I-Ö). You will find a link to the service's accessibility information there, if available. The link can be found under the More information section.
  • The e-book's DRM protection, or digital rights management, may prevent the use of screen readers.

Accessibility of the most used e-book services

Celia and four Finnish university libraries (DIAK, HAMK, Laurea, Metropolia) have tested the accessibility of the most common e-book services. You can go to the test results from this Celianet's webpage (only in Finnish). These e-book services were tested:

  • Alma Talent Verkkokirjahylly
  • Ellibs
  • Terveysportti and Oppiportti
  • Ebook Central
  • Ebsco eBooks
  • SpringerLink


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