Step-by-step look at downloading to your computer
Turning on accessibility mode
To switch on accessibility mode go to settings in the main menu in the top right then select profile.
Select ‘Enable Accessibility Mode’ so pages of books are set as machine readable text with images and links labeled with text alternatives for screen reader use.
Once turned on, the platform’s will be machine readable; then screen readers can then be used to read the text on the screen and control navigation.
The ProQuest interface can be set to OpenDyslexic font to make the site easier to read for users with dyslexia.
To switch to the OpenDyslexic font go to settings in the main menu in the top right then select profile:
The user can choose to convert the Ebook Central platform menus and text but not convert the e-books by checking the ‘Use OpenDyslexic typeface’ but not selecting ‘Enable Accessibility Mode’.
The user can choose to have both the platform and the e-book text to be displayed using OpenDyslexic font by selecting ‘Enable Accessibility Mode’ as well as ‘Use OpenDyslexic typeface’.
To navigate the text in this mode you should use the ‘Go to Next Page’ link at the bottom of each section of text or use the subsection navigation on the left.
Also see our Screen Reader guide
Accessibility on Android or iOS
To learn how to download e-books see the Downloading e-books to devices guide or Downloading e-books to PC guide
Users can also use their screen reader with chapter download or full document download on Ebook Central. From the Detail Page, the screen reader can be used to either ‘full download’ the book using Adobe Digital Editions, or ‘chapter/page-range download’ parts of the book to a full-text PDF.
The patron can then open the downloaded book in Adobe Digital Editions and use the screen reader to read the text of the book, or they can open the full-text PDF and use a screen reader to read the text of the downloaded portion of the book.
Screen Reader Access
When a user accesses Ebook Central using a screen reader, their screen reader will read out instructions for turning on accessibility mode.
Once enabled, books in the online reader will be provided in a text-only format that can be read by the screen reader.
Since accessibility mode is tied to a particular Ebook Central patron account, the user must be signed in to an account in order to turn it on and to access books in the text-only mode.
Once accessibility mode is enabled, your screen reader will read out instructions on toggling the mode off in case you ever need to disable it.
If you are a librarian who would like to see a demonstration of how accessibility works but do not have access to a screen reader to test on behalf of a patron, you can view ProQuest’s demonstration video.
Accessibility mode can also be enabled by ProQuest’s Ebook Technical Support team. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request accessibility mode if you cannot enable it directly using your screen reader.
For further information, please visit ProQuest’s Accessiblity Mode guide.