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Support for students with a disability or a health condition: Ebook Central (Proquest) accessibility

Information and advice for students needing extra support

Accessibility features for ebooks

The box below contains information on the accessibility features provided by Ebook Central (from Proquest) which are most of the library licence ebooks available at Middlesex University.   You will find these books via Library Search or your module Reading Lists.  

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For information about accessibility features in your Kortext personal etextbooks, please see the Kortext Accessibility web page.

The standard screen reader at Middlesex University is Read and Write Gold.  This is currently available on Windows PCs, laptops and through Apps Anywhere. It is not available for Macs.

If you have any feedback on this page please email Adam Edwards a.edwards@mdx.ac.uk

Ebook Central (Proquest) accessibility

What accessibility features are available for Ebook Central (from Proquest) eBooks?

You may find the Ebook Central (from Proquest) accessibility statement helpful.

The accessibility options available will depend on whether you are reading the eBook online or if you have downloaded it to your computer. If you decide to read the eBook online, it will be displayed in online PDF format.   If you decide to download an individual chapter from the eBook, this will download as a PDF (.pdf) file.

If ‘Accessibility Mode’ is activated, eBooks are also available to read online in HTML format which may offer more accessibility options. If you would like ‘Accessibility Mode’ to be activated for your Ebook Central account, please follow the instructions on "How To Turn Accessibility Mode On (or Off) on Ebook Central".

Read & Write Gold (installed on all Library PCs and laptops and via Apps Anywhere) provides accessibility tools.  See the Library website Software How to page for more information. 

How can I have an eBook read aloud to me?

Read online with 'Accessibility Mode' activated:

Read & Write Gold:

Please see these instructions: How can I have online text read aloud to me using Read & Write Gold software?

Read online without 'Accessibility Mode':

Read & Write Gold:

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

Download:

Individual chapter download – PDF (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. 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?

You can also use Sensus Access to convert text in many formats to audio.

Individual chapter download – PDF using Read & Write:

The download will open in your web browser. First, use the Save or Download icon to save the eBook to your computer. You can then open it from there with Read & Write Gold. Please see these instructions: How can I have a PDF document read aloud to me using Read & Write Gold software?

You can also use Sensus Access to convert text in many formats to audio.

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.

Individual chapter download - PDF (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 font 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 font colour using Adobe 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 settings.

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 settings.

Individual chapter download - PDF (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 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:

There is an inbuilt zoom tool which offers 4 zoom levels - click the magnifying glass symbols on the top toolbar. When the zoom level is changed, the page takes a long time to respond. The text does not reflow (automatically adjust to fit on the page at the new zoom level) when the text size is changed.

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).

Individual chapter download - PDF (opened in Adobe Reader):

The download will open in your web browser.  However, this 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%. You can make the text reflow (automatically adjust itself to fit on the page at the new zoom level) by following these reflow instructions.

Acknowledgement

The information  on this page has been reused with permission from Leeds Beckett University.  We are very grateful to the Library at Leeds Beckett for sharing these pages with Middlesex University.