Are there recommend versions for e-books?
Most, but not all, ebooks held by the Emory Libraries accessible will have both PDF and HTML options for reading and meet accessibility requirements for screen-reading (e.g., EBSCO, JSTOR), The HTML options are better for screen readers, although most new PDFs (e.g., see JSTOR for a good example) are now JAWS accessible, and are tagged for readers. EPubs are also good possibilities. See this example for the Venture of Islam available via ACLS. However, for EBSCO and PQ titles it is best to also have a backup copy from the publisher.
What if the Library does not hold an e-version?
Many of the e-books and journal articles accessible at Emory Libraries will have both PDF and HTML options for reading and meet accessibility requirements for screen-reading (e.g., EBSCO, JSTOR). If not accessible, or only in print or cannot purchase (or otherwise inaccessible), we may be able to acquire a copy from the publisher.
What about HathiTrust materials under copyright?
Another option is to acquire a copy through HathiTrust's accessibility service, of which Emory is a member.
What if the e-version is old and/or does not meet accessibility requirements?
We can either re-scan locally if the library owns a print copy and utilize Adobe Acrobat Pro to create a more accessible copy. Another option is to reach out to the publisher for a custom scan. We can get a clean copy from the publisher (see above).
Are audio versions available?
Overdrive may be an option for some texts, but are limited only one user. Please make a request through Chris Palazzolo or David Smith. Some aggregators do allow for audio options for e-books (see ProQuest and EBSCO). Also, Internet Archive does provide an option for audio versions of texts in their Open Library. Note that for the latter, titles may already be in use, so may not be a reliable long-term source. HathiTrust may also be an option--see above.