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Library Guides

Digital accessibility: Reading

Your device, your way

Reading technology for your studies

The technology for reading listed here is often free or built into the device


mobile reading girl

Adobe Reader - PDF software

Adobe Reader doesn't work with EPUB files

Chrome browser extensions

Watch the video on how to use the reading ruler 

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:

Mac users

RNIB Bookshare

bookshare logo

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

Sensus Access

sensus access logo

Voiceover for iPhone and iPad users

Other reading apps

  • 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 

It can:

  • Recognize friends
  • Describe faces and emotions
  • Scan bar codes 
  • Describe a scene

Do you know about a great app?

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