Is RNIB Overdrive fully accessible?

RNIB Overdrive uses a third party platform called OverDrive. We’re working closely with OverDrive on accessibility, but RNIB Overdrive is a partially, and not fully accessible service. There is a high contrast setting for example - go to ‘My Account’ then go to ‘Settings’ to switch on high contrast.

As audio files on RNIB Overdrive are in MP3 rather than DAISY format, it is less sophisticated in terms of navigation and accessibility functionality than DAISY CDs, with simpler mechanisms which suit some, but not all readers. This is similar to Talking Books on USB stick, which also have basic rather than complex navigation.

However, for some, RNIB Overdrive is a welcome addition to our Reading Choices and reflects what is already available elsewhere in the sight loss community from other service and technology providers. If you’d like to have a free one month trial before you join to see if the service is right for you, email If RNIB Overdrive isn’t for you, our flagship Talking Books service still offers Talking Books on DAISY CD or USB stick.

Dolphin Guide, Claria and Synapptic users cannot currently access Overdrive. The reason for this is that these systems are made up of a set number of computer functions for users to easily access and have built in screen readers. Any additional programmes/apps have to be programmed specifically on the manufactures software. If a customer wishes to find out more about putting Overdrive on these systems, they will need to contact Dolphin, Claria or Synapptic directly.

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