What accessibility features are available for ICE Virtual Library eBooks?

You may find the ICE Virtual Library 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 following 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:

Adobe Reader:

Depending on the title of the eBook, you may be able to have it read aloud using 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? Unfortunately for some eBook titles, Adobe Reader will not detect the eBook text.

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?

ClaroRead:

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 ClaroRead. Please see these instructions:  How can I have a PDF document 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:

Adobe Reader:

Please see 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.

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:

Adobe Reader:

Please see 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 no inbuild zoom option.

Browser settings:

There is no inbuilt zoom option. 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:

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.

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