Q. ProQuest Ebook Central eBooks


ProQuest Ebook Central eBooks

The usual display of Ebook Central books (when reading them online in the Ebook Central reader) is not screen-readable.

Ebook Central offers a special screen-readable “accessibility” mode for use with text-to-speech screen readers, such as JAWS, NVDA, or VoiceOver.

Ebook Central “accessibility” mode is supported on computers (both desktop and laptop), but not on tablets or mobile devices.

There are two ways to activate this special screen-readable “accessibility” mode:

  • If you are running a text-to-speech screen reader, simply have it ‘read’ the banner at the top of the Ebook Central book's detail page or in the online reader.  It will ‘read’ the option of displaying the book’s content in screen-readable-text mode called Accessibility mode where you can opt to turn it ON or OFF.
  • Or, you can contact support@ebrary.com to request to have screen-readable-text mode enabled for your Ebook Central username.  Then once you sign in to your personal ebrary account with that username, the content of ebrary books will display in screen-readable-text mode.  

Ebook Central's “accessibility” mode is supported on computers (both desktop and laptop), but not on tablets or mobile devices.

 Officially supported/certified by Ebook Central:

  • JAWS 15 on IE 11
  • VoiceOver on Safari (latest versions)

Session timeout is 20 hours in accessibility mode rather than 1 hour.

Tips for using JAWS software with Ebook Central Accessibility Mode

The following are “best practices” from advanced users of JAWS with Ebook Central’s accessibility mode.

Begin searches as follows:

  1. Select CTRL HOME
  2. Arrow down
  3. Go to “Skip Navigation”
  4. Then use either arrows or CTRL F to reach the desired link.

To get to the Links list view select INS F7.

Note, once you successfully select a page number, and the page loads, you need to press ESC (escape key) to get to the text on that page.


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  • Last Updated Aug 09, 2019
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  • Answered By Trisha Prevett

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