How do I use Bookshare?

Scott Richards Updated by Scott Richards

In order for students to read using Bookshare, a Sponsor needs to create a member account for them.

Students (members) should have a qualifying disability:

  • Visual Impairments such as blindness
  • Learning Disabilities such as dyslexia
  • Physical Disabilities that make it difficult to physically manage a book.
To become a Sponsor, ask a current sponsor within the Boston Public Schools to add you. If you do not know a Bookshare sponsor within BPS, contact Scott Richards for assistance. His email address is

Add Sponsors and Members to the Boston Public Schools Organizational Account

Each new Sponsor or Member will receive a welcome email with a link to complete the setup.

Sponsors can:

  • Create Member accounts for students
  • Create Sponsor accounts for teachers
  • Assign individual books to members
  • Assign Reading lists to members from pre-populated book collections.

Members can:

  • Read books assigned to them by teachers on a chromebook, or a portable device
  • Request that a teacher create an individual account so they can independently add books to their libraries.

Additional Resources:

Quick Reference Guide for BPS teachers and students Google Doc) - shortcut instructions for sponsors and members

Bookshare's Training Resources Library - how-to guides and videos for sponsors and members

How did we do?

Getting Started with Google Classroom (Teachers)

How to Access Reading Horizons