A STEPP in the Right Direction for Accessible Textbooks

The STudent E-rent Pilot Project (STEPP) is an eTextbook rental program offering cost-effective textbooks that "all" students can read.

  • Cost-Effective: Save an average of 50% or more off the retail cost of a new hardcopy textbook purchase.
  • Convenient: Access eTextbooks on almost any device, anytime, anywhere.
  • Conscious Choice: Practice environmental stewardship; save our trees.
  • Accessible textbooks for the blind and visually impaired.

STEPP was launched by the Alternative Media Access Center, in partnership with CourseSmart and the AccessText Network, through a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education (DoEd). This program is designed to meet the textbook rental needs of any postsecondary student and aims to help improve low-cost access to higher education textbooks for all students, including those with print-related disabilities.

STEPP leverages the expertise of its three collaborative partners to offer a national solution to promote cost savings for students while eliminating traditional barriers to textbook access. Click this link to "STEPP" towards universal access: http://stepp.gatech.edu.

Accessible Textbook Finder

The Accessible Textbook Finder (ATF) searches multiple sources of accessible books and provides the results in a combined format.

The ATF search includes six accessible media producers and libraries. Search results and materials are provided by the individual sources: Alternative Media Access Center, Bookshare, Learning Ally, National Library Service and CourseSmart.

Click this link to visit the Accessible Textbook Finder.
Click this link to visit APH's Louis Database to search for accessible materials.


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