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Digital Textbooks:
Bookshare: - Bookshare is an online library of copyrighted content for people with qualifying print disabilities. In Connecticut, they are a designated Authorized User for the NIMAC with the ability to provide LEA’s with NIMAS derived source materials (textbooks and associated instructional materials). Schools will need to set up an account with Bookshare in order to access their digital content.
Textbook Publishing Companies: Often, the publishing company from which schools have purchased textbooks may have a digital version of their textbook available.

Digital Trade Books
Bookshare: - Along with NIMAS derived textbooks, Bookshare’s library also contains downloadable public domain and copyrighted titles.

Free Digital Books
Project Gutenberg: – Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organization offering free e-books in the public domain. Their e-books are often available in a variety of formats including Plain Text, HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker. The e-books can be read online or downloaded for use in commercial e-readers. - publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.
UDL Editions by CAST: CAST is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL Editions take advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up.
Storyline Online: – An online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading stories aloud. Each book includes text, accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

Commercially Available Digital Text
iBooks: – download digital books on an iPad, iPhone or iPod
Amazon Kindle: – ebooks may be downloaded from and read on a Kindle device