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Alternative Textbooks

Students with print disabilities (visual impairments, learning disabilities) may qualify for alternative forms of textbooks. 

Accessible textbook option: digital eBooks

For an accessible digital format, check out VitalSource.  This format is accessible with a variety of adaptive technologies and eliminates the need to request an accessible copy. K-State Campus Bookstore also offers books for rent in an eBook format called BryteWave, which is now compatible with the VitalSource platform.

Accessible textbook option: request an accessible file

Students are required to purchase a textbook; however, our office may be able to find an accessible version to supplement your physical copy. If you receive the accommodation of alternative textbooks, fill out an alternative textbook request or e-mail the office. The necessary information for your request is:

  • Class number
  • Class title
  • Book title and author(s)
  • Publication year
  • Edition
  • 13 digit ISBN #  

Once we have an accessible copy of your book, we will notify you by campus e-mail.  You can then use software on your computer to read your books. If, for some reason, we do not find an alternative copy of your book, we will inform you through campus e-mail.  We may be able to scan your book for you and make an accessible PDF file.

Finding accessible textbook options

To find out the options that are available for a textbook, you can utilize Accessible Textbook Finder which searches multiple vendors by ISBN or title and provides results with links to the source. Each vendor has their own policies and accessibility features. 

Other organizations that provide accessible books


Bookshare is the world's largest online accessible library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.  Bookshare is free to U. S. students through a Department of Education grant.  To learn more, call 650-352-0198 or visit the Bookshare website.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally is a non-profit organization that has many textbooks available in audio format. Students can enroll at a cost of $135 per year. Learning Ally is an online library with a wide range of books available for school or for pleasure reading. Applications are available from Learning Ally by calling 1-800-221-4792 or by visiting the Learning Ally website.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The National Library Service administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail or through the BARD download website. Applications are available from NLS by calling 1-888-657-7323, or by visiting the NLS website.

Solutions for text-to-speech

read and write logo

Read & Write is a comprehensive productivity tool designed to support reading, writing, studying, and research.  The customizable toolbar is compatible with several common applications.

Features of Read & Write software:
  • Text-to-speech - read aloud electronic text for improved comprehension.
  • Speech maker - create MP3s of electronic text for on-the-go reading.
  • Vocabulary list builder - create lists with definitions and pictures for effective studying.
  • Highlighter tool - highlight and collect color-coded highlights for your research paper.

Active K-State students, faculty or staff can download Read & Write for home or office use at no cost.  An eID and password are required.  Please note, downloading time may be lengthy.  For technical difficulties, contact the IT Help Desk.  For more information about Read & Write, visit Texthelp.  Download Read & Write now!

If you use a Mac computer, iPad, or iPhone, a text-to-speech program is built in. This feature is in General Settings under Dictation and Speech. 

If you use an Android device, you can access text-to-speech under Settings/Accessibility/Vision.

If you are interested in looking at other options for text-to-speech software you can always stop in and visit with staff.