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Database of Accessible Books for Students with ASN


The Books for All Database will close on 19 February 2020 and is being replaced by our new

Books for All Web site.

The new system is up and running and so we encourage you to create an account now, and to get into the habit of using the new facility so that you won't be surprised when this database stops working next year.

Head over to and create your own personal account.

We would like to thank the team at Scran for all the help and support you have provided since the database was first created in 2010. Over the past 9 years over 230,000 files have been downloaded and thousands of children and young people  with print disabilities have been able to access learning materials in accessible formats, and thereby be more included in learning.

What is Books for All?

The Books for All Scotland Database is part of the bigger Books for All project that enables teachers and other education practitioners to search for and download books and other printed materials in adapted, accessible formats for print disabled pupils.  The resources on the database are Accessible Copies of copyright books and works. 

Books from the database should be downloaded by staff - not pupils - to comply with copyright terms and conditions.

The Database is hosted by Scran and managed by CALL Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Who provided the accessible copies?

Teachers, support assistants and others from Shetland, City of Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, RNIB Scotland, CALL Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway, Highland Council, Glasgow City Council, Fife, Moray, Perth & Kinross all contributed accessible copies and made them available on the Books for All Database.

Publishers BrightRedTeeJay, and Hodder Gibson have made their Scottish textbooks available on the Database for print disabled pupils.

The Database also lists books that are available from The Seeing Ear online library. To download these books you need to become a member of the Seeing Ear library.


The Accessible Copies of books in both the Books for All Database and Seeing Ear are made and shared under the terms and conditions of the Copyright Licensing Agency Print Disability Licence. The books can only be used by pupils who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled and by reason of such visual impairment or disability are unable to read or access the original printed book. 

In practice, this means the books on the database can only be used by pupils who have difficulty reading or accessing paper books because they:
  • cannot see the text, because of a visual impairment;
  • cannot read the text, due to for example dyslexia;
  • cannot comprehend the text, because of for example learning difficulties;
  • cannot hold a book or turn pages, due to physical disability.

If a book is commercially available as an eBook or audio book, do I have to buy it rather than downloading it from the Database?

Yes - if you can actually read or access the commercial version. However, some learners cannot access commercial eBooks for various reasons and if this is the case for your learner, you can download from the Database. Check whether a book is available as an eBook by searching on Amazon, iTunes or other eBook sellers.  

Can pupils access the database and download books?

No - Books should be downloaded by staff - not pupils - to comply with copyright terms and conditions.

Can I transfer a book to a pupil on Glow, OneDrive, Edmodo or another cloud service?

Yes - provided you ensure that it is only accessible to that pupil, and no others.

Can I display a book from the Database on my white board for the whole class to see?

No - the book is for the personal use of the pupil for whom you downloaded it. (Unless the whole class or class group all have print disabilities, and you have downloaded copies for each pupil.) 

What is an e-Text file and how is it different from an eBook?

e-Text stands for "electronic text". We don't use 'Ebook' because most of the files on the Database are PDFs, which is a different format to that of eBooks - eBooks are mostly either Amazon Kindle or ePUB format. We use PDF because they can be read with a wider range of software and apps, and because the text-to-speech tools that are available are in most cases better.

Can the scanned files be read out loud by my computer or device?

Yes. The scanned books have been converted into readable text using 'OCR' (optical character recognition') software. However, the OCR software sometimes makes mistakes, so many of the records will say the book is "Scanned - text may have errors". Most of the text should be OK but you may come across occasional words that are not spoken correctly. It very much depends on the original paper book, and the font that was used. 


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