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Books for all educational levels

New books added weekly

Book formats

Why structured Word?

Non-formatted Word documents

Reduced size Word files

Accessible PDFs

Feedback and questions

"What books are available and how often are new titles added?"

Which formats are the books available in?"

“Some possible 'improvements' could be a place where there is script only (minus pictures) which could be loaded quickly onto a braille note for the totally blind user. Load2Learn does of course save time and removing pictures is far quicker than importing them, but never-the-less time is also consumed this way.”

“Strip files of formatting. I'm not too sure how our resource technicians would like resources in order to be able to use them effectively with the software that we have. But they have trouble with text boxes as they can't easily convert that file for their software.

Books for all educational levels

There are thousands of titles on Load2Learn; 65 percent primary (Key Stages 1 and 2), 30 percent secondary (Key Stages 3 and 4). There is only a small amount of Further Education titles however this offering will be extended in the 2014/15 academic year.

The collection contains textbooks, reading schemes, books for reluctant readers and fiction.

New books added weekly

View our list of books coming soon. New titles are added weekly, please visit our news pages to discover our latest offerings and keep-up-to-date by following us on Twitter.

Read about how you can contribute your resources to Load2Learn to help save others time and decrease duplication of work on the same books.

Book formats

Books are available in one or more of the following formats:

  • Word doc and docx (structured)
  • Word doc and docx (unstructured)
  • PDF (publisher files)
  • PDF (of the structured Word file)
  • EPUB
  • DAISY audio
  • Braille
  • Kindle.

The books produced to the Load2Learn specification are structured Word documents, using Word styles and also include the original print book pages numbers and images.

Books that have been provided by third parties/other users are also Word documents, however they may be unstructured.

Both types of Word document can easily be adapted to suit the needs of individual learners. You can find out more about this on our training pages.

Why structured Word?

In 2009 the Dolphin Inclusive Consortium ran a pilot project on behalf of the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools and Families, now the DfE, Department for education). The trial provided pupils who find reading standard textbooks and other school materials difficult with electronic versions of the books so that they could read them in a way that suits their particular needs.

This pilot shaped the accessible structured Word document specification for books produced by Load2Learn. Read the Accessible Resources Pilot Project final report.

Structured Word documents will help your learners navigate their way through text, they also enable you to create other accessible formats such as PDF, audio, braille and eBook files. The documents can be easily used with access technology.

In a structured Word document you can quickly and easily modify font colour, font type, font size, background colour, line spacing and Paragraph modification. It can take as little as 90 seconds to download a structured Word textbook file from Load2Learn and change it to the required font size (30 seconds for short reading scheme books).

Non formatted Word documents

A correctly structured Word document would not contain text boxes, as they cannot easily be read using access technology or quickly converted into other formats.

Within the book record details is a field called “Word file layout”, which will say “structured with heading and styles” or “Load2Learn specification” if it is a structured Word document. If this field says “Non-formatted”, the file may require some additional work in order for you to modify it to meet your learner’s needs. The non-formatted files may contain textboxes, or images containing text that has not been transferred to the main body of the text.

We have a team of volunteers working through the non-formatted files on Load2Learn, to create correctly structured Word documents. If you turn a non-formatted document into a structured one, you can upload it as a “new version” to help save someone else time.

Reduced size Word files

For textbooks that have large Word files available we also offer them as reduced size files. This means the files has been compressed to reduce their file size and make them quicker to download. These files are suitable for text resizing and formatting as normal, however any images contained within the reduced file will not be suitable for resizing. If you wish to convert the file into braille, so don’t require the images, you may find it useful to download the reduced size file. Where resizing of images is required please download the full size version.

Accessible PDFs

The PDF's on Load2Learn comprise of those converted from structured Word documents and those supplied by publishers. Where possible they are unlocked and fully accessible.

 
 

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