What is an eBook and are eBooks accessible to blind and partially sighted people?

An eBook is an electronic version of a book. You can read an eBook using a handheld device called an eBook reader (like the Kindle, Kobo or Nook) or using an eBook application on computers, mobile phones or tablets (like iBooks on the iPad). You can read eBooks in large print, audio or in braille.

How easily you can see or listen to an eBook depends on what device you use to read it:

  • all eBook readers and apps allow you to alter the size of the font within a book or zoom in to see the text more easily
  • some eBook readers have text-to-speech features built into them, so that the device reads out the content of the book to you using synthetic speech. Other devices like mobile phones and tablets can also do this
  • an increasing number of eBook apps allow people to connect a braille display to the device.

Check our website for lots more information on eBooks, including accessiblity reviews of specific models.

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