What accessibility features are available for Ebook Central (from Proquest) eBooks?

You may find the Ebook Central (from Proquest) accessibility statement helpful.

If you decide to read the eBook online, it will be displayed in online PDF format. If you decide to download the entire eBook, for some books, you can choose whether to download it as EPUB or PDF. These book downloads will be in .acsm file format. If you decide to download an individual chapter from the eBook, this will download as a PDF (.pdf) file, and will have more accessibility options available to you than if you downloaded the entire book. The accessibility options available will depend on whether you are reading the eBook online or if you have downloaded it to your computer.

If ‘Accessibility Mode’ is activated, eBooks are also available to read online in HTML format which may offer more accessibility options. If you would like ‘Accessibility Mode’ to be activated for your Ebook Central account, please follow the instructions on "How To Turn Accessibility Mode On (or Off) on Ebook Central".

Texthelp Read & Write software or ClaroRead software (both of which are installed on all Library PCs) provide accessibility tools (see the Library website Software page for more information). 

How can I have an eBook read aloud to me?

Read online with 'Accessibility Mode' activated:

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

Please see these instructions: How can I have online text read aloud to me using Read & Write software?

ClaroRead and ClaroRead Chrome:

Please see these instructions: How can I have online text read out loud to me using ClaroRead software?

Read online without ,Accessibility Mode':

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

Please see these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Texthelp Read & Write software?

Claroread and ClaroRead Chrome:

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have Ebook Central eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome. 

Download:

Full book download PDF or EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader) using Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome:

Please see these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Texthelp Read & Write software?

It is not possible to have Ebook Central eBooks read aloud with the Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome.

Full book download – PDF or EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader) using ClaroRead:

Please see these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have Ebook Central eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome. 

Individual chapter download – PDF (opened in Adobe Reader):

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader settings you need to use to have the eBook read aloud to you. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader. Then you can have the eBook read aloud to you by following these instructions: How can I have a PDF read aloud to me using Adobe Reader?

Individual chapter download – PDF using Read & Write:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer. You can then open it from there with Texthelp Read & Write. Please see these instructions: How can I have a PDF document read aloud to me using Texthelp Read & Write software?

Individual chapter download – PDF using Read & Write for Google Chrome extension:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there by following these instructions: How can I have a PDF file read aloud using the Texthelp Read & Write extension for Google Chrome?

Individual chapter download – PDF using ClaroRead:

The download will open in your web browser. Then please see these instructions: How can I have a PDF document read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have Ebook Central eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome. 

How can I change the font colour in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the font colour. You may be able to change font colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Download:

Full book download - PDF or EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no option to change the font colour.

Full book download – PDF (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can activate ‘Night mode’ (under View > PDF Settings) which inverts the colours.

Full book download - EPUB (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can activate ‘Night mode’ (under View > ePUB Settings) which inverts the colours.

If you go to View > ePUB Settings > Advanced Settings (tick the box), you can also choose from a range of colour options.

Individual chapter download - PDF (opened in Adobe Reader):

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader settings you need to use to alter the font colour. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer. Then open it from there with Adobe Reader and follow these instructions: How can I change the font colour using Adober Reader?

How can I change the background colour in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Read online:

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour. You may be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings.

Download:

Full book download - PDF or EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour. You may be able to change background colours using your web browser or operating system settings..

Full book download - PDF (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can activate ‘Night mode’ (under View > PDF Settings) which inverts the colours.

Full book download - EPUB (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can activate ‘Night mode’ (under View > ePUB Settings) which inverts the colours.

If you go to View > ePUB Settings > Advanced Settings (tick the box), you can also choose from a range of colour options.

Individual chapter download - PDF (opened in Adobe Reader):

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader settings you need to use to alter the background colour. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer. Then open it from there with Adobe Reader and follow these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader?

How can I change the text size in an eBook?

In addition to the specific instructions below, you may also be able to make text on your screen appear larger using inbuilt features of your operating system.

Read online:

Inbuilt zoom options:

There is an inbuilt zoom tool which offers 4 zoom levels - click the magnifying glass symbols on the top toolbar. When the zoom level is changed, the page takes a long time to respond. The text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

Browser settings:

You can also change the zoom level of the whole web page using your browser. To zoom in, press Ctrl (Windows) or command (Mac) and the + key. To zoom out, press Ctrl/command and the - key, and press Ctrl/command and 0 to set the zoom level back to default. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

Download:

Full book download - PDF (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There are 6 different zoom levels available. You can change the level by clicking on Reading on the top toolbar, then PDF View and clicking on Zoom In or Zoom Out. You can also zoom in by pressing the CTRL and + keys, and zoom out by pressing the CTRL and - keys. The text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

Full book download - PDF (opened in Bluefire Reader):

There are over 40 different zoom levels available. You can change the level by clicking the plus and minus symbols on the toolbar at the bottom. You can also choose from a limited range of zoom levels by clicking on View and then PDF Settings, then selecting a zoom level from the drop-down menu. The text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

Full book download - EPUB (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There are 5 different zoom levels available. You can change the level by clicking on the AA button on the toolbar in the top right hand corner, and selecting the size you require. You can also change the zoom level by clicking on Reading on the top toolbar, then EPUB Text Size and clicking on Increase or Decrease. You can also zoom in by pressing the CTRL and + keys, and zoom out by pressing the CTRL and - keys. The text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

Full book download - EPUB (opened in Bluefire Reader):

There are over 30 different zoom levels available. You can change the level by clicking on View and then ePUB Settings, and clicking the plus and minus symbols. The text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

Individual chapter download - PDF (opened in Adobe Reader):

The download will open in your web browser, which does not give access to the Adobe Reader settings you need to use to alter the zoom level. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer, and then open it from there with Adobe Reader. Then you can change the page zoom through the full range of zoom levels from 10% - 6400%. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

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