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Books for All provides books in accessible formats for pupils in Scotland who have difficulty with ordinary printed text, including those with dyslexia, who have a physical disability or who are blind or partially sighted.

1. First, log in to the database:

You can either log in with your Glow account or your school's Scran account. All Scottish teachers have Glow accounts, and all Scottish schools have Scran accounts.

Glow: Click on Log in with Glow at the right hand side of the screen. Use your Glow username and password to log in.

Scran: Type in your school's Scran username and password to the Scran Log In at the right hand side. Every school in Scotland has a Scran account - if you don't know yours contact Andrew James at Scran by either phoning 0131 662 1456 or emailing andrew.james@scran.ac.uk - he will tell you your school's username and password which you can then use to log in.

Teachers can also get free Scran access at home: click here to apply. 

2. Then search for and download book(s) you need: 

To search for a book, type the author or title into the 'Search Database' box and press the Enter key, or click Go. If you want to narrow down you search (say to look for books only in Large Print, or from a particular publisher), click on Advanced Search.

3. Read the books:

For advice on reading and accessing the books, see the Using Books pages at the left side of the page. 

The Books for All Database is managed by CALL Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government. The database is maintained by Scran.

 

Latest news

3 February 2014

Thanks to Marie Lawson from the Vision Service in Shetland for contributing a new 18 point Large Print copy of New Maths in Action S22. It's available as two parts and you can find them on the Database by clicking the links below: 

 

Marie previously contributed Large print copies of New Maths in Action S1-1 and S1-2. Click here to see all the New Maths in Action books on the database.

Remember also that you can get some Nelson Thornes Maths in Action books as PDF files from the Load2Learn database. Load2Learn currently has PDFs of New Maths in Action S2/2, S3/2 and S3/3 and also PDFs of the new Curriculum for Excellence titles - Maths in Action: National 4 and Maths in Action National 5. Load2Learn is like a 'sister' database of Books for All and is run by RNIB and Dyslexia Action. 

19 August 2013

Following on from the Set Scottish Texts for National 5, we have scanned ad uploaded the texts for Higher as well. The books have been converted to readable text automatically, so there may be some errors. The table gives links to the books on the Database.

DRAMA
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (PDF)
Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart Men Should Weep (PDF)
 The Slab Boys by John Byrne The Slab Boys (PDF)
PROSE

 Short stories by Iain Crichton Smith: The Red Door, The Telegram, Mother and Son, In Church, The Painter, The Crater

Listen to the Voice (PDF)

The Black Halo: The Complete English Stories 1977-98 (PDF)

The Red Door: The Complete English Stories 1949-76 (PDF) 

The Cone-Gatherers by Robin Jenkins The Cone-Gatherers (PDF)

 Short stories by George Mackay Brown: A Time to Keep, The Bright Spade, The Wireless Set, The Whaler’s Return, The Eye of the Hurricane, Tartan.

The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown (PDF)

A Time to Keep (PDF)

Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon  Sunset Song (PDF)
 The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway  The Trick is to Keep Breathing (PDF)
POETRY
 Carol Ann Duffy: War Photographer,  Havisham, Valentine, Originally, Anne Hathaway, Mrs Midas  New Selected Poems 1984-2004 (PDF)
 Norman MacCaig: Sounds of the Day, Assisi, Visiting Hour, Memorial, Aunt Julia, Basking Shark The Poems of Norman MacCaig (PDF)
 Sorley MacLean: Hallaig, Screapadal, Heroes, Shores, An Autumn Day, I gave you Immortality. Sorley MacLean: Collected Poems (PDF)
 Don Paterson: Waking with Russell, The Thread, 11:00: Baldovan, Two Trees, The Ferryman’s Arms, Nil Nil Don Paterson: Selected Poems (PDF)
 Liz Lochhead: The Bargain, My Rival’s House, View of Scotland/Love Poem, Some Old Photographs, For my Grandmother Knitting, Last Supper A Choosing (PDF)
 Robert Burns: Holy Willie’s Prayer, Tam O’ Shanter, To a Mouse, A Poet’s Welcome to his Love-Begotten Daughter, Address to the Deil, A Man’s a Man for a’ That

Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (PDF)

Poems and Songs of Robert Burns (DOC)



3 July 2013

For the new National 5 English courses, there are a set of Set Scottish Texts, which we have scanned and OCRd and uploaded to the database. The books with links to the various titles on the Database are given below. 

DRAMA
 Bold Girls, by Rona Monro PDF and Large Print
 Sailmaker, by Alan Spence PDF and Braille
 Tally's Blood, by Ann Marie di Mambro  in progress
PROSE
 Short Stories by Iain Crichton Smith

Listen to the Voice (PDF)

The Black Halo: The Complete English Stories 1977-98 (PDF)

The Red Door: The Complete English Stories 1949-76 (PDF) 

 Hieroglyphics and Other Stories (a selection) by Anne Donovan Hieroglyphics and Other Stories (PDF)
 The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack (PDF)
 Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson Kidnapped (PDF)
POETRY
 Carol Ann Duffy New Selected Poems 1984-2004 (PDF)
 Edwin Morgan New Selected Poems (PDF)
 Norman MacCaig The Poems of Norman MacCaig (PDF)
 Jackie Kay The Adoption Papers (PDF)

2 July 2013

Large Print TeeJay and Heinemann books 

Thanks to Caroline Jamieson in Moray for some new Large Print maths books: 

  • Chapters 11 to 22 of TeeJay's new Curriculum for Excellence Level 1b book, in 20 point print (to add to the first half of the book);
  • Heinemann Higher Maths (edition 1), also in 20 point Large Print.

Click here to see the new Large Print books.

These books can be printed out, or read and accessed directly on screen. Because the font size is large to begin with, they work very well on devices with small screens, because learners do not need to zoom in to enlarge the text. They are 'reader-enabled' PDF files so pupils can type their answers directly on top of the PDF.

Heinemann Scottish Secondary Mathematics

We also have scanned digital copies of the seven Heinemann Scottish Secondary Mathematics books: B1, B2, G1, G2, R1, R2 and R3.

Like most of the books we adapt here in CALL, they were done for pupils with physical disabilities where the main objective is to have digital copies that look like the original, so that the learner can find their way round the book using a laptop or tablet.

But since you can use text-to-speech to read the text, and zoom in to enlarge it, they may also be useful for learners with reading of visual difficulties. The books are 'reader-enabled' so students can add bookmarks, highlight the text, add sticky notes and other annotations to aid study.

Click here to see the Secondary Maths books.

1 July 2013

SHM 6 and 7 completes the set 

The latest additions to the Books for All Database are Scottish Heinemann Maths 6 and 7 Textbooks, Extension Textbooks and Assessment Books. This completes the set we think of the SHM books. These titles have all been scanned and then adapted with answer boxes. In some cases extra pages have been added where there was no space to fit the answer boxes on the page, or to add in graph paper for drawing. The books were originally made for learners with physical disability or handwriting difficulties, so that they can just type their answers on screen, but pupils with dyslexia or reading difficulties might also find them useful because the text can be read out by the computer (not always accurately - there will be some recognition errors from the scanning), while learners with visual impairment can zoom in and magnify the text. We have also heard that some pupils on the autistic spectrum find the digital books more accessible than the paper versions. Click here to see all of these adapted new SHM books.

Thanks to Rebecca and Sarah here in CALL, and to our hard working volunteers from George Heriot's School, for adapting these and for drawing in the 7,454 answer boxes for the SHM 6 and 7 titles - all by hand!

On a computer, use the free Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader to type answers in, or even record audio answers, and also to draw and to measure dimensions and angles. Download a quick guide here.

On an iPad, you can use the free Adobe Reader app, but you are probably better off with PDF Expert, which has better tools for typing answers and annotating PDFs. (If you have an iPad 3. Mini or later, try dictating your answers using Siri - it works pretty well (for me....)).

Please let us know what you think of these adapted books - they have taken a lot of effort to produce and we have had good feedback so far, but it would be good to get more from staff, learners and parents.

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.

 

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