Types of Alternative Formats
Books in alternative format are provided to students who cannot easily read regular print books due to a disability. Use the on-line request form (below) for textbooks in one of these formats. If you are unsure which is best for you, talk to your DR specialist.
- Audio files only - to see the text, follow along in your textbook
- Use a media player on your computer to listen to the book
- Recordings are usually from Learning Ally
- Files are downloaded directly to your computer
- You must install the Download Manager and special playback software available from the Learning Ally web site on your computer.
If your book is available from Learning Ally, you will usually have it within 24 hours.
- PDF files come from the publisher or from scanning the book and editing the files by DR staff.
- You can see the text but will need a text-to-speech program
to hear it.
- Macintosh computers have this program built-in.
- PC computers require a program like Kurzweil or Read & Write Gold or a free, downloadable text to speech program. Free Natural Reader is one that many students like.
It can take up to 4 weeks to get PDF files, depending on the publisher and the availability of the book.
- You can listen to mp3 files on your ipod, other mp3 player, or your computer media player.
- Audio files only - follow along using your textbook to see the text.
- mp3 files takes time to create. DR must:
- get a digital copy of the book, either from the publisher or scanned in DR
- convert the digital files to audio files using Kurzweil, a text to speech program.
It can take up to 4 weeks to get mp3 files, depending on the publisher and the availability of the book.
Meet with your Disability Resources
specialist prior to the start of each semester to discuss books and other materials. Some brailled materials must be
requested two semesters in advance
Ordering your e-Books
1.Request your alternative format materials early - as soon as possible after you register for classes. Early registration allows students to order and get their alternative format books before the semester begins.
2. Check the UMD Stores lists for required textbooks.
If the books for your classes are not listed yet, contact your instructors and ask about textbooks, handouts, and other required reading materials.
3. Purchase the textbooks.
Book publishers and copyright laws require that textbook be purchased before the textbook can be ordered or converted to an alternative format.
You will be asked to submit proof of purchase or receipts for the books
4. Submit a separate Electronic Book Request for each class. You may request up to three books for one class on the same form.
All electronic files downloaded to your ipod or computers must be deleted at the end of the semester.
- Materials may not be reproduced or shared. See the UMD Student Code of Conduct for more information.
Notify your Disability Resources specialist immediately of changes in your book needs.
Electronic Book Request
Complete a separate form for each class. All information is required for each book.
Incomplete information on the request form will result in delay of delivery of files.
If more than 3
books are required for the same class, please indicate so in the 'comment' section and submit another form with all necessary
Completion of this form does not guarantee that you will receive electronic/recorded