Member Detail: Benetech

Benetech (BT)

480 S. California Ave
Palo Alto, CA

Phone: +1 650 644-3420
Fax: +1 650 475 1066
Account Manager(s):

Benetech is the nonprofit successor to Arkenstone, the nonprofit maker of reading systems for people with visual and learning disabilities. Since selling its reading system business operations in June 2000, Benetech has dedicated the proceeds to developing new technology solutions to fill the gap between the possible and the profitable.

Benetech's major project has been creation of the online electronic book library, available at

  • Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
  • Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. Bookshare believes that people with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy.
  • A searchable online library. Bookshare offers more than 375,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
  • Readers of all ages. Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.

Due to a special provision in the U.S. copyright law, is able to publish any U.S. copyrighted work without needing permission.

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