AppleVis Extra #85: Hema Natarajan Discusses the Upcoming Bookshare Reader Suite for Web, Mobile, and Smart Speaker

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In this edition of the AppleVis Extra, Thomas Domville and Scott Davert are joined by Hema Natarajan, product manager at Benetech, the parent company of Bookshare.

Bookshare is an ebook library that currently has 1,097,526 titles and is the most extensive collection of accessible ebooks in the world. It includes books for school, career, and reading pleasure, as well as titles in over 34 languages.

Hema, is excited to introduce us to Bookshare's upcoming suite of free reading tools: Bookshare Reader for Web, Bookshare Reader for iOS, Bookshare Reader for Android, and Bookshare Reader for Alexa. This suite of free tools, available summer 2022, will make reading accessible books easier than ever before.

Bookshare Reader for the Web is currently in private testing in select school districts across the US. Bookshare Reader for the Web and the mobile app will be available to the public in summer 2022.

Bookshare Reader for Smart Speaker is currently in beta release and only available to Bookshare Individual Members. Find it in the Alexa App store.

Further information on Bookshare's upcoming suite of free reading tools is available at




Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Friday, April 8, 2022

Hey! Count me in for testing! Did anyone catch the email address to use to contact if you're interested in testing Bookshare Reader for IOS? If so, could you please reach out with it? Thank you in advance! :-)