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 currently a partially, not fully accessible service.  One accessibility feature is a high contrast setting, which you can add by selecting ‘my account’ then ‘settings’ and 'switch on high contrast'.

Audio files on RNIB Overdrive are in MP3 rather than DAISY format, meaning it is less sophisticated in terms of navigation and accessibility functionality than DAISY CDs, and has simpler mechanisms which suit some, but not all readers. 

However, for some, RNIB Overdrive is a welcome addition to our RNIB Reading Choices and reflects those available elsewhere in the sight loss community from other service and technology providers. If RNIB Overdrive isn’t for you, our flagship Talking Books service 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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