What accessibility features are available for VLeBooks eBooks?

You may find the VLeBooks 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:

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

ClaroRead and ClaroRead Chrome:

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

It is not possible to have downloaded VLEBooks eBooks read aloud with ClaroRead Chrome.

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PDF or EPUB download (opened with 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?

PDF or EPUB download (opened with Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader) using ClaroRead:

Please follow 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?

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 or EPUB download (opened in Adobe Digital Editions):

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.

PDF download (opened in Bluefire Reader):

If you go to View > PDF Settings and then tick the box next to Night Mode, this makes the book display as white text on a black background. There is no option to choose a custom 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?

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:

You can add a coloured overlay by clicking on the little symbol that looks like a pie chart in the top right hand corner. Click this repeatedly to cycle through different overlay colours.

Download:

PDF or EPUB download (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..

PDF download (opened in Bluefire Reader):

If you go to View > PDF Settings and then tick the box next to Night Mode, this makes the book display as white text on a black background. There is no option to choose a custom 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:

You can increase and decrease the text size using the little plus and minus symbols in the top right hand corner. When you zoom the text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

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).

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PDF download in Adobe Digital Editions:

There are 6 different zoom levels available. You can access these under the Reading menu > PDF view > Zoom In / Zoom Out. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts CTRL + + and CTRL + - to zoom in and out. When the zoom level is changed text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

PDF download in Bluefire Reader:

There are over 45 different zoom levels available. When the zoom level is changed text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level). 

EPUB download 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 in Bluefire Reader:

You can change the zoom level by going to View ePUB Settings then using the plus and minus symbols next to where it says Text Size. There are 29 available zoom levels. When you change the zoom level, the text reflows (automatically adjusts to fit on the page at the new zoom level).

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