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The Electronic Text Resource Page

This web page was designed to provide a listing of electronic text resources for students, faculty and staff at educational institutions as well as for the community. This listing is by no means comprehensive, but rather a starting point for your searches for electronic text. If you are aware of other electronic text resources and would like to see them added here, please do not hesitate to email the Disability Services Center at dsc@uci.edu. In addition, if you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns please feel free to contact the Disability Services Center at the email listed above or contact the office at 949-824-7494.


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"The Electronic Boost for Students with Learning Disabilities, Low Vision or Blindness - Scan/Read/Achieve"
This presentation was given by Margaret Londergan on March 23,2001, at the CSUN Conference on Technology.  It is an excellent resource for utilizing the KURZWEIL 3000 for electronic text conversion.  This site includes tutorials, guide, student testimonies and more regarding the use of KURZWEIL 3000 for electronic text.

High Tech Center Training Unit - Alternate Media Guide
An excellent resource guide providing information on production of electronic text and alternate media by the California Community Colleges.  Also included is the text of AB 422, the California Bill requiring publishers to provide electronic text to California schools.

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Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only on microfilm. In pursuit of this vision, primary newspaper records have been selected which reflect a broad view of the times, and have been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy. By using CD-ROM format and including full text retrieval software and digital imaging, in an MS-DOS environment, the user is able to search and manipulate information in ways neverbefore possible.

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The Alex Catalogue
The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

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Named after the humble character of Melville’s classic, Bartleby the Scrivener, Bartleby.com publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction and reference free of charge for the home, classroom and desktop of each and every Internet participant.

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Bibliomania's extensive library of classic literature, reference books and study resources provides 24/7 accessibility. It is a great way to bring the use of IT into literature lessons, and it saves on the cost of books. Bibliomania's search engine lets students find relevant information faster so that they can spend more time analyzing texts.

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Resource where one can locate full electronic versions of top technical books, fully searchable and consistently presented (subscription required).

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Bookshare.org is an online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to legally share scanned books. Bookshare.org takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled. Bookshare.org is expected to be fully functional by late 2001.

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Book Spot
Resource for more online books and links.

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Extensive list of electronic text resources with links.

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Classic Bookshelf
Classic Bookshelf gives you free access to great works of classic literature.

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ebrary develops software and services for the secure online access and delivery of authoritative copyrighted content. ebrary has created the ebrarian solution for channel partners and is working with publishers and other content providers to create a rich online library of copyrighted books, journals, periodicals and more that can be freely indexed by search engines via its open access model....

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Electric Library
Resource for newspapers, magazines, books, pictures, maps and TV and radio transcripts in electronic format.

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Electronic Text Center
1,600 publicly-available ebooks from the University of Virginia Library's eText Center, including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and much more.

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Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library is the first public library of the Internet and is committed to providing library services to the Internet community, to learn and teach what librarians have to contribute in a digital environment, to promote librarianship and the importance of libraries, and to share interesting ideas and techniques with other librarians.

Know Better
There is an ever-growing list of sites where you can buy electronic books, from brick-and-mortar-turned-dot-com stores to internet-only stores. ..

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The Library of Congress
Excellent URL with links to other electronic text and alternate format resources

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The two-year-old company sells full-text books to academic, public, and corporate libraries. Its collection of33,000-plus volumes is available with proprietary reading software to subscribing libraries and individuals with private accounts.

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On-Line Book Page
The On-Line Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such on-line books, for the benefit and edification of all.

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Project Gutenberg
The Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.

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The digital-book company, which focuses on an undergraduate clientele, began selling unlimited access to its collection of 35,000 e-books and journals in January.

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Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) - RFB&D's library contains more than 109,000 titles in a broad variety of subjects, from literature and history to math and the sciences, at all academic levels, from kindergarten through post-graduate and professional.

was established in 1998 by Sharon von See, a Braille transcriber with fourteen years' experience in literary Braille, tactile graphics production and textbook format, and her husband Chris, a software consultant with twenty-one years' experience in software design and development, Web technologies, and HTML/XML standards. The company's driving goal is to use a combination of advanced Braille transcription techniques, emerging technologies and supporting software to provide open access to print and electronic materials to blind and visually handicapped individuals throughout the world. More...

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The Texas Text Exchange is the first web-based digital library of electronic books for exclusive use by students with disabilities!>

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The Virtual Libarary
The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web.

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A division of Bell & Howell Information and Learning, the company sells electronic access to journals, periodicals, and other information from a giant commercial archive called ProQuest.

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Digital Learning Interactive
Digital Learning Interactive understands the liberating impact that the Internet can have on education. As a medium the Internet possesses different properties than print, and Digital Learning Interactive is taking full advantage of these properties to provide a superior learning experience. Specifically, we stand for:...

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Lulu allows professors to publish and customize textbooks. Lulu is seeks to create a broad marketplace for different kinds of digital content, including music and images in addition to books. Lulu allows anyone to publish and sell, or customize, a book. Authors pay nothing to publish work and set their own royalties for sales. Purchased books can be delivered in electronic or print formats. Images and music can be purchased and downloaded or delivered on CDs.

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Founded in 1997, the company develops electronic textbooks that use video clips of the authors presenting material. The venture has developed 13 titles and plans to add 10 more by the end of 2001.

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Adobe Systems
Producer of Photoshop and other graphics programs, the company has designed a version of its popular Acrobat page-display software to handle e-books. The Acrobat eBook reader is free online.  Adobe also has a separate website address accessibility issues at http://access.adobe.com.Gemstar-TV Guide. The company works with R.C.A. and other hardware manufacturers to sell a tablet-like computer dedicated to displaying e-books. In January 2000, it bought two companies that made similar devices, SoftBook Press (which sold the SoftBook), and NuvoMedia (which sold the Rocket eBook).  The company now supports two models -- the REB 1100, which has a black-and-white screen that measures 5.5 inches diagonally, weighs 17 ounces, and costs about $300; and the REB 1200, which features an 8-inch color screen, weighs 33 ounces, and costs $600 to $700.

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Jones e-global Library
A division of JonesKnowledge.com, which sells distance-education software and runs Jones International University, the company organizes discipline-specific packages of online resources and sells them, along with reference help, to colleges.

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The company offers free e-book-display software called Microsoft Reader , available for laptop or desktop computers running Windows, and for hand-held computers that run Microsoft's PocketPC operating system.

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