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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on January 12, 2017 at 1:18pm

On November 29, 2016, Bookshare hit a momentous milestone when it passed the mark of 500,000 titles in its collection. That means that people unable to read standard print now have access to 500,000 ebooks in various formats to suit their individual needs.

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10 Million Book Downloads Today Provides a 10x Model for Tomorrow

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Bookshare International, Global Literacy on September 20, 2016 at 9:00am

Many years ago I had the wild idea to start a deliberately nonprofit technology company in the heart of Silicon Valley. I knew that technology, when applied for social good, promised to usher in positive and sustainable change. Today’s 10 million download milestone is a celebration of our ability to deliver on that promise. Ten […]

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Pennsylvania Libraries Partner with Benetech/Bookshare to Expand Accessible Reading Opportunities for Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on July 31, 2016 at 7:50pm

Palo Alto, California, August 1, 2016— In a mission to expand more meaningful and accessible reading experiences for Pennsylvania residents who cannot read standard print, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia have entered into a partnership agreement with Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that manages Bookshare, the world’s largest online accessible […]

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Benetech Partners with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services to Bring Bookshare to Patrons with Print Disabilities

By posted in Benetech, Bookshare, Global Literacy, Press Releases on June 28, 2016 at 10:00am

GLASS offers over 425,000 accessible ebooks in its pursuit of total accessibility Palo Alto, California, June 28, 2016—Benetech, provider of Bookshare, is proud to announce a new partnership with Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), making over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for free to patrons who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low […]

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#SVGives: 10 for 10 Brings Bookshare to More Readers

By posted in Announcements, Benetech, Bookshare on April 26, 2016 at 5:43pm

UPDATE: Thank you to the generous donors who helped us reach our goal of $10K to bring Bookshare to more readers!   Small gifts, big impact. Last year, in just one day, over $8 million dollars was raised for Bay Area nonprofits through Silicon Valley Gives, a community-wide day of giving hosted by the Silicon […]

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Beyond the Dys in Dyslexia

By posted in Bookshare on October 23, 2015 at 12:27pm

In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness month in October, we are reposting a blog by McKenzie Erickson, Marketing Coordinator at Benetech, which originally appeared in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog (U.S. Department of Special Education) on October 5. Dyslexia. It’s a word I’ve heard since the third grade. It was the explanation […]

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A Bigger, Better Back to School for Students with Print Disabilities

By posted in Bookshare on August 20, 2015 at 4:34pm

Let Bookshare set students up for success For many schools and families, back to school is the busiest time of year. Teachers, parents and students scramble to get ready and start the new school year with confidence. It’s important to start off on the right foot because back to school can set the tone for […]

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Bookshare a Notable Advantage for People with Visual Impairments, Says The New York Times

By posted in Bookshare on July 6, 2015 at 7:52pm

For people who cannot use standard print, the increasing availability of digital books and services such as Benetech’s Bookshare library are a boon that is unlocking the world of reading, says The New York Times. In a story titled “An App to Aid the Visually Impaired,” author Jonah Bromwich highlights Bookshare as a “notable advantage” […]

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Support Bookshare on May 5!

By posted in Bookshare on April 28, 2015 at 1:16pm

Bookshare is the thriving community it is today thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of all of you—members, parents, teachers, mentors, volunteers, partners, and friends. We’re so grateful for your continuous support and can’t wait to bring the gift of reading and educational opportunities to even more people. Please help us bring Bookshare to others who need our services by supporting our Silicon Valley Gives (SVGives) fundraiser on May 5, 2015.

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Giving Thanks, Looking Ahead: An Open Letter to the Bookshare Community

By posted in Bookshare on November 25, 2014 at 11:33am

Thank you to our thriving Bookshare community for everything you have done to to enable us to accomplish together tremendous achievements over the past year. As we look forward to 2015, we know that much work remains to be done. This giving season, you may be receiving communications from our team with an appeal for financially supporting Bookshare. Please take a look and give whatever you can to allow us to continue these efforts and do even more, for more people. Thank you in advance for your support.

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