eBooks: Disability Provisions

Copyright disability provisions

The Disability provisions enable individuals and educational organisations to assist people with disabilities by permitting copyright material to be converted into the best format available and with appropriate features for access by persons with a disability and by anyone assisting them. This includes enlarging text and graphics and changing the format.

Further disability-related information, procedures and services for the University community is available from the University's Disability Hub.

Reading online and reading PDFs

Where possible, use HTML or ePub versions of eBooks as these formats allow for various adjustments to be made including changes to text size, font colours and reading text aloud. 

If utilizing PDF, Acrobat provides several options to help make them more accessible. For more information, check out Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features.

Accessibility and eBook platforms

Accessibility features vary widely between eBook platforms depending on the nature of the file formats chosen by each platform as well as ease of functions such as navigation and adjustment of text size, font and colour. 

Accessibility information can be found on most eBook platform websites. For more information on individual platform accessibility please see Using eBook sites

Screen reader software

Various screen readers can be used if Adobe Digital Editions is required to access an eBook, including:

Accessibility mode on ProQuest eBook Central

Many of our eBooks can be accessed via the ProQuest eBook Central platform which has its own Accessibility mode.

To enable the Accessibility mode on ProQuest eBook Central:

  1. Navigate to Settings then select Profile
  2. Under the heading ‘Accessibility Mode’ select Enable Accessibility Mode
  3. Use Open Dyslexic typeface can also be selected for people with Dyslexia
  4. Select I agree to ProQuest's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
  5. Save Changes