What accessibility features are available for ACLS Humanities eBooks?

You may find the ACLS Humanities accessibility statement helpful.

Some accessibility features are available through Adobe Reader (freely available and installed on all Library PCs). 

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).

The accessibility options available will depend whether you are reading the eBook online or if you have downloaded it to your computer.

How can I have an eBook read aloud to me?

Read online:

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

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by switching to Text rendition mode.  Click on the settings button in the top right of the screen and under the Rendition heading choose Text, then follow these instructions: How can I have online text read aloud to me using Texthelp Read&Write software?

Or, if you are accessing the eBook in image format, you can have it read aloud by following these instructions: How can I have unselectable text read aloud to me using Texthelp Read & Write software?

It is not possible to have online ACLS Humanities eBooks in image format read aloud with the Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google Chrome.

ClaroRead and ClaroRead Chrome:

You can have the eBook read aloud to you by switching to Text rendition mode.  Click on the settings button in the top right of the screen and under the Rendition heading choose Text, then follow these instructions: How can I have online text read out loud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have online ACLS Humanities eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

Download:

Adobe Reader:

eBooks downloaded from ACLS Humanities can’t be read aloud using Adobe Reader

Texthelp Read & Write and Texthelp Read & Write plugin for Google 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 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 downloaded ACLS Humanities eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

How can I change the font colour in an eBook?

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.

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.

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:

Click on the settings button in the top right of the screen and use the slider under the Zoom In/ Out header to zoom the text up to 400%.  Text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the zoom level is changed.

Browser settings:

You can 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:

If you choose to read an eBook as a PDF (by clicking on Download where available), 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%. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

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