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Abstract: This article describes a resource for free, easy-to-read, and accessible books.

Keywords: blind, visually impaired, literacy, disability, accessibility

Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. This site provides thousands of books, and each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (i.e. switches, alternative keyboards, touch screens, and dedicated AAC devices). The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. The books are organized by topic, type, audience rating and language, and books are available in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Swedish.

You may also write your own books using pictures from the huge collection at Flickr or pictures you upload.

Please be aware that there are books intended for teenagers who are just learning to read. You may find some books that are inappropriate for young students. The website provides a Favorites page as a way to present your students with reading choices that you approve.

The website is a result of a collaboration between Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and the department of Computer Science.