Bookshare International Now Serves Thirty Countries
Bookshare International members now have access to more than 50,000 titles, including books in Spanish, German, French, Hindi, and Tamil, and a collection of textbooks in Afrikaans. Our Bookshare team has also been working on a special project with Qatar’s Mada Assistive Technology Center to add Arabic-language books to the collection. These texts will be available in early 2012.
After books are scanned and uploaded into the digital Bookshare library, they are still used in their printed form by readers around the world. In the rural region of Ranipet in Tamil Nadu, India, 500 Bookshare texts, which had their spines removed for scanning, have been acquired by the Vedavalli Vidyalaya school. Vedavalli Vidyalaya serves more than 20 villages in and around Ranipet and is one of the few schools in a 100-mile radius to deliver high-quality education to students who cannot travel to the nearest city of Chennai. This is the area’s very first library and we are told that the kids there very happy to have access to these books. The texts have all been nicely rebound, thanks to Bookshare’s local book processing partner, Worth Trust.