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Support for students with a disability or a health condition: VLE ebooks accessibility

Information and advice for students needing extra support

Accessibility features for ebooks

The box below contains information on the accessibility features provided by VLE, who provide some 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

VLE ebooks accessibility

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, laptops and via Apps Anywhere). 

Read & Write Gold software (installed on all Library PCs, laptops and via Apps Anywhere) provides accessibility tools. See the Library website Software How to 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:

Inbuilt ReadALoud tool

Go to the page that you want read aloud and click on the ReadALoud icon   in the top right hand corner. The text will automatically be read aloud. The ReadAloud box will open on the page which allows you to adjust the volume, rewind, forward and pause.

Download:

PDF or EPUB download (opened with Adobe Digital Editions) using Read & Write Gold:

Please follow these instructions: How can I have unselectable text 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?

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.

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:

Inbuilt background colour options

You can select from a range of background colours by clicking the Background Colours icon   in the top right hand corner. The Background Colours box will open on the page, select the option you want and click OK.

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..

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).

Download:

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). 

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).  

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.