IRIS Center’s list of online sources of digital books

posted Jan 12, 2022, 7:11 AM by Central Library   [ updated Jan 12, 2022, 7:26 AM ]
CHS faculty have been studying Universal Design for Learning (UDL). “The UDL approach encourages teachers to use materials that are more flexible and that therefore enable them to present concepts in a variety of ways to better meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. The most common type of flexible media is digital text, a format in which the content is separate from the manner in which it is presented. For example, the digital text on a computer screen can be manipulated in many different ways (e.g., by increasing the font size, switching on the text to speech feature, highlighting text as it is read) to make it more accessible to more students.”

Below is the IRIS Center’s list of online sources of digital books.

Work Cited: The IRIS Center. (2009). Universal Design for Learning: Creating a learning environment that challenges and engages all students. Retrieved from

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text
“[A] collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education.”

American Library Association’s “Great Websites for Kids”
A site overflowing with links to rated and age-assessed Websites for young people in a wide variety of categories, including “Animals,” “The Arts,” and “History and Biography.”

“Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free. You can read the world’s greatest fiction by authors such as Dickens and Joyce, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, all Shakespeare’s plays, or just dip into some short stories by writers such as Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe.”

“Bookshare’s goal is to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities. With a dynamic leadership team, dedicated Members and capable partners, Bookshare™ is making this goal a reality.”

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
“Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.”

The Online Books Page
An online platform offered through the University of Pennsylvania. Search for some 35,000 books on the Internet by author, title, or theme (e.g., “Banned Books”). Links load to other sites around the Web.

Project Gutenberg
“[T]he Internet’s oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).”

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
“Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic® (RFB&D), a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has been the leading accessible audiobook library for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible for the last 60 years.”