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How to Request Textbooks in E-Text

Step-by-step guide to request a class textbook from BookShare in e-text, an alternative text format.

Step 1 - See if BookShare has your books first

Go to and download your books if BookShare has them. If you need a free BookShare account just ask. VitalSource, RedShelf and Kindle also have accessible formats if you want to rent or purchase an eBook version. For E-Text you cannot find please continue below.

Step 2 - Verify the E-Text accommodation is checked for your course. (see Figure 1)


Login to the BYU-Idaho Disability Services Access Portal at:

  1. Once you have logged in, go to the left-hand side of your dashboard under My Accommodations and select List Accommodations.   (see Figure 2)

  2. In the center of your dashboard, Select Courses in which you want E-text accommodations.   (see Figure 3)

  3. Then scroll down and click the button to "Continue to Customize Your Accommodations".   (see Figure 4)

  4. Make sure E-Text is one of your accommodations. If it is not then check the box and "Submit Your Requests" or Update for Administrator approval.   (see Figure 5)

Step 3 - Select the Books you need in E-Text

  1. On the left hand side menu, select "Alternative Formats" under "My Accommodations".  (see Figure 6)
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  2. Make sure the Term is the correct semester shown or click on next or previous term to choose.   (see Figure 7)

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  3. Scroll down and click the "Select" button only for the books you need Disability Services to get in E-Text for you.   (see Figure 8)

  4. Submit your receipt. Proof of purchase (or rent) is required for any book you press "Select" on. Email a pic of the receipt to Your BYUI Bookstore receipts are available at

  5. You can Download your e-Text or see the progress of your book requests in this Alternative Formats area. All your book requests will be listed here. You will receive an email once a book is ready for download.   (see Figure 9)

NOTE: Only select the books you need Disability Services to get in E-Text for you. EBooks purchased or rented from VitalSourceRedShelf or BookShare should already be in an accessible format, so no need to select them.