Student Accessibility Services (SAS) has created the following list of suggested locations where you, the student, can purchase/obtain eBooks or audio books for your required course textbooks.
As of January 2, 2019, the UNI Bookstore will list the eBooks that are available for you to purchase/obtain for any of your required course textbooks.
If you want to read a digital book from Amazon's vast and inexpensive Kindle library, you do not have to own a Kindle device to do it. A free Kindle app. is available on iOS, Android, Mac, & PC. Learn how to purchase and download eBooks through Amazon’s free applications for desktop/laptop and mobile devices. Amazon provides guidance on how to make your Kindle accessible for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SAS staff, so that we can assist you.
VitalSource has available to purchase a variety of eBooks, including textbooks from major publishers (e.g., Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Cengage Learning, etc.). Learn how to to download the Bookshelf application based on your personal device, which you will utilize to read the eBooks. VitalSource Support also provides additional assistance, including videos on how to get started with utilizing Bookshelf.
Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. You typically can obtain narrative textbooks/reading books within the Bookshare catalog. Sign up for an individual Bookshare membership to download free eBooks. Bookshare members can read on a wide range of devices, including computers, laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, assistive technology devices, and MP3 players. Learn how to read eBooks obtained through Bookshare.
LibriVox offers free public domain audio books created by volunteers from around the world. Simply search the website for the textbook, and download the files to your device to access the audio book.
6. Publisher Websites
Individuals can sometimes purchase eBook versions of textbooks directly from publishers' websites. You can find the publisher for a textbook by searching for the book through Amazon.
7. McGraw-Hill Connect
McGraw-Hill, a major publisher of textbooks, has a web-based assignment and assessment platform called Connect which some instructors utilize in their courses. In addition to different activities, Connect includes an eBook version of the textbook on which the program is based. If the access code to Connect is required for a course, you can obtain an eBook through that program. If the access code is not required for the course but you want to utilize the eBook within Connect, contact SAS. We can work with the publisher to get Connect set up for you.
If any of the required textbooks for the semester are not available to purchase or rent as eBooks or audio books or are not accessible, you can request alternative textbooks through Student Accessibility Services if you have been approved for this accommodation. eBooks obtained through SAS will mainly be provided as text PDFs and able to be read aloud through Read & Write Gold.