Bookshare, www.bookshare.org, is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as people without disabilities. In 2007, Bookshare received a $32 million five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), to provide free access for all U.S. students with a qualified print disability. The Bookshare library now has more than 56,000 members. Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, www.benetech.org, a Palo Alto, CA-based nonprofit that creates sustainable technology to solve pressing social needs.
About Shinano Kenshi (SKC) and PLEXTALK™
Shinano Kenshi Co., Shinano Kenshi Corporation & PLEXTALK Shinano Kenshi Co. Ltd., are responsible for the development and manufacturing of digital talking book players (DTBPs) and other products sold under the brand name of PLEXTALK. SKC is the world’s largest manufacturer of DTBPs and a leader in digital recorders and software since the initiation of the digital talking book players and the creation of the global standard DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System). PLEXTALK assistive products are created to improve the quality of life, self-reliance and independence of their users. Shinano Kenshi Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd.