Read RNIB Bookshare books downloaded in Word

Many RNIB Bookshare books can be downloaded in Word and read with any compatible editor or reading tool. This is a common, easy-to-use format that allows members to customize the book’s text to meet their reading needs. Members can do the following with Word:

  • See the text
  • Customize the font size, colors, styles, and more
  • Annotate text
  • And additional features depending on the tool

As the most accessible way of using a title, its a great way set up the appropriate accessibility and structure and then modify it into braille, audio and other formats. 

Guidance on Modifying_Word_Files is available

How to Access Books in Word

Here are the steps for accessing Bookshare books in Word:

  1. Log in to RNIB Bookshare
  2. Select a desired book
  3. Select "Word" from the drop-down menu next to "Download" and follow the steps to complete the download process
  4. Find the zipped file in your "Downloads" folder
  5. Extract the zipped file

Please note: this does not apply to books stored in PDF format. They cannot be downloaded in any other format other than PDF.

Once the file has been extracted, you can open it with a compatible editor or reading tool.

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Read Aloud with Latest Version of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word 2016 has a Read Aloud feature that lets you hear your document and see each word highlighted simultaneously. (Learn more about Microsoft Word's Read Aloud feature.)

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