What accessibility features are available for Emerald Insight eBooks?

You may find the Emerald Insight accessibility statement helpful.

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

Emerald Insight eBooks offer the option to download individual chapters in PDF format. For some eBooks you can also download individual chapters in EPUB (.epub) format, or read them online as HTML, depending on the title of the book.

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:

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

Download:

PDF download (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. If you see a message at the top of the page which reads: "This file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard and has been opened read-only to prevent modification.", click the Enable Editing button next to the message.

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? Unfortunately you may find that for some eBook titles, the reading speed is slow and there are pauses between each word.

PDF download (opened using Texthelp Read & Write):

The download will open in your web browser. 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?

PDF download (opened using Texthelp 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?

PDF download (with ClaroRead):

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 document read aloud to me using ClaroRead software?

It is not possible to have online Emerald Insight eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader) using Texthelp Read & Write:

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

EPUB download (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?

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:

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader):

When you open the file in Adobe Reader, you will see a message at the top of the page which reads "This file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard and has been opened read-only to prevent modification." Next to this is an Enable Editing button which you need to click. Then, please see these instructions: How can I change the font colour using Adober Reader?

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no option to change the font colour.

EPUB download (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can choose between black and white font colour by going to View > ePUB Settings and ticking the box next to Advanced Settings. Then select your preferred theme from the list of themes. You can also change the font style by selecting from the Font Face menu.

How can I change the background colour in an eBook?

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.

Download:

PDF download (opened in Adobe Reader):

When you open the file in Adobe Reader, you will see a message at the top of the page which reads "This file claims compliance with the PDF/A standard and has been opened read-only to prevent modification." Next to this is an Enable Editing button which you need to click. Then, please see these instructions: How can I change the background colour in Adobe Reader?

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

There is no inbuilt option to change the background colour.

EPUB download (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can change the background colour by going to View > ePUB Settings and ticking the box next to Advanced Settings. Then select your preferred theme from the list of themes. You can also change the font style by selecting from the Font Face menu.

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 no inbuilt zoom option.

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 reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

Download:

PDF download (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 from 10% - 6400% using the little plus and minus symbols. Depending on the title of the eBook, you may be able to make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions. However for some eBook titles, you may find that activating the Reflow setting causes the spaces between words to be lost.

EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

To change the zoom level, click on the AA button in the top right hand corner. Alternatively you can click on the Reading button and then click on EPUB Text size, or use the keyboard shortcuts CTRL + + and CTRL + - to zoom in and out. All options allow you to choose from a range of 5 zoom levels: Small, Medium, Large, Extra large, and Ultra large. When you zoom the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

EPUB download (opened in Bluefire Reader):

You can change the zoom level under View > ePUB settings. Here you can choose from 33 different zoom levels. When you change the zoom level, the text automatically reflows (adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

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