Ebooks provide a variety of accessibility tools and functionalities. Here you can find an overview of the accessibility features of our collections and how you can take advantage of these to improve your reading experience.
Many ebook platforms provide a range of built-in accessibility options, such as allowing you to change the text size, background and font colour or adapt them for use with screen reading or read aloud software. Below is information about the accessibility features included in some of our most popular ebook databases, as well as their accessibility statements.
BibliU Accessibility statement
Cambridge Core Accessibility statement
Ebook Central Accessibility statement
EBSCO eBook Collection Accessibility statement
O'Reilly Accessibility statement
VLeBooks Accessibility statement
Most ebooks allow you to download a chapter or the entire book. For more information on how to download ebooks, please see our step-by-step guide
See below for details of how to use accessibility features of chapters and ebooks, when downloaded with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Digital Editions.
If you are able to download an ebook or chapter as a PDF, the following features are available within Adobe Reader:
Read Out Loud
You can change the default Read Out Loud voice in the following way:
Turn on Text Reflow
When you zoom in on a PDF the text will run off the side of the screen. This means that you have to scroll left and right to read each line of text, making PDFs difficult to read. Reflow converts the text into one column so that you don't need to scroll when you zoom in:
Change page background or text colour
Adobe Digital Editions allows you to download e-books in PDF and EPUB format for offline use. This software does not have its own built in accessibility features, and users are limited to highlighting and bookmarking text as well as adjusting font size and zoom. Instead, Digital Editions uses the accessibility features on Windows and Mac operating systems to provide accessibility, including support for high contrast modes and support for resizing of book text. Digital Editions also offers enhanced keyboard support (with tab navigation, keyboard shortcuts, and high-contrast support). It can also be used with screen readers (text-to-speech), including JAWS and NVDA on Windows and VoiceOver on Mac.
When viewing secured EPUB format e-books in Adobe Digital Editions, users can choose to show or hide page numbers within the full text. These page numbers correspond to those in print versions of the same book. Page numbers can be shown in the following way:
Links and instructions on how to download Adobe Digital Editions are available on Adobe's website