Register for Self-Service access to accessible e-books

You may be eligible to freely access over 500,000 eBooks in multiple formats on any app or software able to read the eBook files (PDF, ePub, MS Word, Audio, DAISY).  As the books are less restricted you can use your preferred setup to make reading more efficient and easier.  To understand the service, review the introductory webcast or service website. Although the service is provided by RNIB, wider access to people with learning and physical disabilities is encouraged.

Assisted Service

The Assisted Service offers the same features as the self-service, with additional one to one support by the Alternative Formats Staff to obtain books not available on the RNIB store in an accessible format to meet your preferences. Access to the assisted service by referral from a Disability Advisor in Disability Services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Registered with Disability Services
  • Have a recognised print disability as defined by the RNIB Bookshare
  • To be referred to the Alternative Formats – Assisted Service by your Disability Advisor
  • Typically to be referred you will have a visual or physical impairment which makes accessing books challenging.

Alternative Formats

Being able to pick up a book and read it is something that is often taken for granted but carries extra challenges for visually impaired, blind, or print-disabled people. The Alternative Formats Service (AFS) helps source or produce accessible versions of reading materials so that students and staff can access the texts they need to complete their work.

The AFS works in collaboration with Disability Services, UoD IT, the Library and Learning Centre (LLC), and RNIB Bookshare (www.rnibbookshare.org) to support the University of Dundee in the provision of accessible textbooks and materials.

We can produce books in many different formats, which allows us to adapt to individual circumstances.  We can produce PDF, ePUB and Word Document versions of books, allowing for users to easily change the font size, or have the text read aloud to them on their device, as well as being able to produce braille.