Welcome to Books for All Scotland Database
Books for All provides accessible books to support pupils who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia, who have a physical disability or who are blind or partially sighted.
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The Books for All Database is managed by CALL Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. The database is maintained by Scran.
21 May 2013. We are very grateful to TeeJay Publishers who have kindly provided PDFs of their six new Curriculum for Excellence textbooks. We have added bookmarks to aid navigation, matched the page numbers to the paper books, and 'reader-enabled' the files so that learners can use the typewriter, drawing, audio recording and highlighting tools in Adobe Reader to access the books. Click here to see these new books in the database.
21 May 2013. Thanks to Caroline Jamieson in Moray for contributing a Large print copy of the new TeeJay Maths Curriculum for Excellence Book 1b. Caroline has created the first 10 chapters and is working on the rest. See it here.
20 May 2013. Thanks to Marie Lawson in Shetland for uploading an 18 point Large Print version of New Maths in Action S1/1, to add to the 24 point Large Print copy of the S1/2 book that's already there.
We have also uploaded scanned PDF copies of New Maths in Action S1/3, S1/B and S2/3. These are most suitable for learners with physical disabilities who need digital versions of books because they have difficulty handling the paper copies. They can be accessible to some pupils with dyslexia or reading difficulties, or mild visual impairment, because the scans have been converted to readable text that can be magnified and read out with text-to-speech software. (We do not have the resources to manually check and correct the text and so there may be some errors.)
Click here to see these new books.
Remember that you can also download publisher-quality PDFs of New Maths in Action S2/2, S3/2 and S3/3 free from the Load2Learn database.
17 May 2013. 25 Scottish Heinemann Maths books from P1 to P5 have been added to the database. These are particularly aimed at learners with physical disabilities who have difficulty writing on the paper versions, but they are also useful for children with a visual impairment, who can zoom in to make the text larger and young people with dyslexia, who can use text-to-speech to help read the questions. We have also found that some children on the autistic spectrum like these electronic versions of the books.
The books have been scanned in the PDF and then CALL staff and some volunteers from George Heriot's School here in Edinburgh have drawn in thousands of answer boxes so that learners just need to click and type their answers. We have also added in extra pages with for example grid paper, for drawing exercises.
Click here to see the new books.
17 September 2012. Another 229 books have been added to the Database. These were kindly provided by the VTSS transcription team in Edinburgh. The books are all Large Print PDF files which can either be printed out or read on the computer. There are a range of titles and subjects including for example Oxford Reading Tree books, Heinemann Maths, and Nelson English textbooks.
August 2012. We have agreed with our long standing partner, Seeing Ear, to provide listings of their books directly within the Books for All Database. This makes it easier for teachers and pupils to get hold of their favourite titles.
August 2012. CALL Scotland are again working with the Scottish Book Trust to bring accessible copies of the 2012 Scottish Childrens' Book Awards shortlisted books to print disabled pupils across Scotland. These should be available in September.
Using the Database
To search for a book, type the author or title into the 'Search Database' box and click Go.
To download a book, you need to log in.
To log in with Glow
Click on Log in with Glow at the right hand side of the screen. Use your Glow username and password to log in.
To log in with Scran
If you are in a Scottish local authority schools you can use your Scran username and password to log in. If you don't know them email email@example.com and he will tell you.
Teachers can also get free Scran access at home: click here to apply.