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Reading technology for your studies
The technology for reading listed here is often free or built into the device
Adobe Reader - PDF software
Adobe Reader doesn't work with EPUB files
Chrome browser extensions
Free screen reader that comes with Chromebooks
De-clutter online articles remove pictures and adverts etc.
Keep your place when reading onscreen
Watch the video on how to use the reading ruler
Have the computer read aloud to you using the text to speech extension
Add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome that creates a visual heading structure of the webpage by generating an index or 'map' of the headings created by the author.
EPUB - e-book format
- This e-book format has higher accessibility potential than a PDF
- Text will automatically reflow and resize to fit your screen and can be easily resized and used for text-to-speech
- On some devices, this format can be read aloud with in-built software and needs no additional tools
Otherwise use with the following reading tools:
This online resource provides UK textbooks in a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit personal reading needs
If you have declared one of the following disabilities to the university you are eligible for an account
- Blind or partially sighted
- Dyslexia, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder
- A physical disability that significantly affects use of printed materials
Academic Liaison Librarian
To set up an account, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.
Your Academic Liaison librarian will be happy to discuss any other learning support needs you have and sign post you to appropriate teams and resources.
Voiceover for iPhone and iPad users
Other reading apps
Free app for reading and listening to Audio-eBooks
Free browser toolbar that allows you to change the look and feel of webpages
- Increase and decrease font sizes
- Have text read aloud
- Use coloured overlays
- Check readability and a dictionary to aid reading
- You can spell check forms
- Try word prediction when writing
This mobile app is a talking camera; it can scan text and pictures and reads aloud to you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, it opens up the visual world and describes nearby people, text and objects.
- Recognize friends
- Describe faces and emotions
- Scan bar codes
- Describe a scene
Do you know about a great app?