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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-Book 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

Here is accessibility information for our most used e-book services:

  • Ebook Central: The service as a separate Accessibility mode, that supports the use of screen readers.  Ebook Central's usual online reading mode doesn't support screen readers.
  • Ebsco eBooks: Only some of the e-books, those that are not DRM protected and those that are in PDF format are accessible.
  • VLeBooks: The books have ReadALoud option and you can improve the accessibility of the books at Settings - Accessibility options.