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Many of the organizations and associated links within the "Audio Format" section offer recordings in various formats - mainly the .mp3 file format. Users of the iPhone or iPod Touch will appreciate the MP3 to iPod/iPhone Audio Book Converter which converts any number of MP3 files into one big iPod Audio Book File. This enables you to use the advanced audio book functionality of your iPhone or iPod. These devices will remember the last position you were listening to in your audio book. So you can always start listening from the exact point from where you left off, even if you were listening to music or another audio book in the meantime.

Books - Audio Format

     
  • The web site attached to the following link is a gateway to 224 web sites that legally offer free audio books, either for online listening or for download.
     
  • Audible Inc. is here to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content, which includes more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers, is digitally downloaded and played back on over 500 popular devices. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.
     
  • Audio Books for Free offers material which enables you to listen to their mp3 audio books on your computer, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, your portable CD-MP3 players, DVD players or even on your iPod or iPhone. Every audio book is produced and recorded by professional actors/narrators and experienced directors. No computerized text-to-voice conversions have been used.
     
  • chapters.indigo is operated by Indigo Books and Music Inc., this site is a leading Canadian destination for shoppers seeking books, videos and DVDs. The online catalog includes an extensive listing of abridged and unabridged audio books that are available for purchase.
     
  • The CNIB Library is one of the world’s largest libraries for people with a print disability. They offer access to thousands of titles in braille, printbraille and audio books; descriptive videos; newspapers, and magazines; as well as telephone, reference and online services. For more information visit CNIB Library or call their toll-free number at 1-800-563-2642.
     
  • DAISY scriptures are available in both audio or e-text formats at no charge. The collection includes the King James Bible or the Koran.
     
  • Through agreements between its eighteen member libraries in British Columbia, InterLINK makes it possible for you to use any of their 78 branch locations in British Columbia without charge. Library service is not limited to where you live in BC. You have free access to library service when and where you need it. Whenever you are shopping, working, studying or visiting you can use an InterLINK library - FREE! A good, alternative source for audio books in MP3 format, music CD's and descriptive videos!
     
  • On April 11 2011, Recordings For the Blind & Dyslexic changed its name to Learning Ally< to better represent the full breadth of services and the individuals who are members. At Learning Ally, a national non-profit since 1948, their mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions.
     
  • LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. Copyright gives an individual or corporation exclusive rights on a text, for a limited period of time. This means no one else can reproduce the text or make derivative works (such as audio recordings) while the copyright is in force. Copyrights are granted for a limited time, and eventually they expire, and the text enters the “public domain.” LibriVox records only texts that are in the public domain (in the USA and all their recordings are public domain (definitely in the USA, and perhaps in Canada and other countries as well. Their collection includes books, poems, and short stories with over 600 titles. Their site offers seven different languages.
     
  • When they started LearnOutLoud back in 2005, their goal was to showcase the best audio & video learning content on the Web, and their mission hasn't changed much. Since then, they have grown alongside the vast expansion of audio & video learning on the Internet with the rising popularity of audio book downloads, podcasts, YouTube, free colleges courses, and many other great resources that have become available. They want LearnOutLoud to be your primary destination for audio & video learning on the Web.
     
    They also want to help you turn your 'dead time' (time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc.) into 'learning time'. They are located in Los Angeles, California, an area of the country known for horrendous traffic and commute times, and they saw the need to help people turn this 'dead time' into a time for personal and professional development through audio learning. With the rapid growth of mobile technology from iPods and MP3 players to the iPhones and smart phones of today, learning on-the-go has never been easier, and they hope they can help you with finding the best resources for incorporating audio learning into your daily life.
    Over the years, they have curated a Catalog of over 30,000 of the best audio books, podcasts, free downloads, and videos you can learn from. One of the most popular sections of their site is their Free Audio & Video Directory which features over 5,000 free audio books, courses, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more. They also have a Podcast Directory with over 2,000 carefully selected audio & video podcasts you can learn from. Along with these free sections, they also sell over 10,000 educational Audio Book Downloads from all the major audio book publishers and a lot of smaller publishers and individual authors, many of whom have published their titles through their TeachOutLoud self-publishing service. For avid learners, they have a subscription service offering two LearnOutLoud.com Member Plans which provide you with credits for big savings on their audio books and also a Free Audio Book Library of over 50 titles they have published. In addition to all of this, they have a special audio and video learning resource section for kids & teens.
     
  • Naxos AudioBooks was founded in 1994 by Klaus Heymann and Nicolas Soames with the purpose of providing classic literature with classical music on CD and cassette. Their intention was to make the great classics accessible and they began with the key works of Western literature: Homer, Dante, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Melville, Shakespeare and many others.
     
    The label quickly established a reputation for fine recordings by outstanding classical actors including Juliet Stevenson, Kenneth Branagh, Anton Lesser and many more, including experienced ‘radio’ voices such as Neville Jason and David Timson who know how to create a magical world through storytelling.
    They have won numerous prizes for such recordings as Joyce’s Ulysses read by Jim Norton and Marcella Riordan, Jane Austen’s Emma read by Juliet Stevenson, and newly commissioned texts such as The History of Classical Music. The recordings were widely praised not only for the readings, but also for the skillful use of classical music and the presentation, with full notes.
    Junior Classics also featured from the start – both fiction and non-fiction; and a wide range of adult non-fiction titles, covering history, religion, philosophy and other subjects.
    Naxos AudioBooks has become particularly well-known for a number of highly ambitious projects including the unabridged Ulysses, Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past read by Neville Jason who also reads Tolstoy’s War and Peace unabridged, a major audiobook event; and David Timson has read The Complete Sherlock Holmes stories. More recently, the label has broadened its attention to contemporary literary classics, with recordings of works by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Julian Barnes, Cormac McCarthy, Rose Tremain, and Booker prizewinner Anne Enright.
    Naxos AudioBooks became the first independent audiobook company to develop its own Download Shop from its website, offering quick high-quality downloads in easy-to-use MP3 format. It is committed to expanding its list of quality audiobooks for dissemination through all the new media.
     
  • Perkins School for the Blind offers a Braille and audio Book library.
     
  • ReadHowYouWant Ltd. and its R&D parent company, Accessible Publishing Systems Pty Ltd , are both Sydney, Australia-based privately held companies co-founded by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and Greg Duncan. When Chris's sister, who suffers from MS, developed difficulty reading, they began experimenting to determine whether people with reading difficulties could benefit from changing the text format.
     
    After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant Ltd. has successfully developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats quickly, easily, and at price points comparable to standard format books.
    They currently have representatives working with publishers in Australia and New Zealand, the United States and Canada, and the United Kingdom. Since their books are printed on demand and their electronic formats are delivered on demand, they are able to offer books throughout the world as long as the country is within the book’s copyright.
     
  • Simply Audio Books helps its members make more of their time and money by providing the best online audio book rental service anywhere, as well as offering books on tape and CD for sale and download. They provide book lovers with simple and affordable ways to enjoy the books they want to read.
     
  • Victor Stream users will be pleased to learn that Humanware has kindly compiled a page of digital books, music and pod-casts for the Victor Stream as well as information about DAISY libraries. Here you will find sections for English, French, and German download sources as well as links to DAISY libraries.
     
  • Vancouver Public Library has recently added 500 new downloadable audiobooks to its VPL to Go collection. All of the new titles are in MP3 format and can be listened to on a wide variety of tablets, smartphones, audio players and computers. The collection includes a great mix of popular fiction and non-fiction titles in genres such as mystery, classics, biography, thriller and more.
     

Books - Braille Format

  • American Printing House for the Blind produces textbooks, educational materials and other publications such as dictionaries and cookbooks for individuals who are blind or sight impaired.
     
  • The Braille Bookstore - offers a range of Braille book titles for purchase by people of all ages. They have over a thousand books in Braille available for all ages and interests. Just tell them how old the reader is you're shopping for, and they'll go from there . They also have a variety of products and training materials for learning uncontracted and contracted Braille.
     
  • The International Electronic Braille Book Library, is a project of the International Braille Research Centre. Their collection currently contains over 1,000 titles; the largest collection of electronic Braille (e-Braille) books in the world; everything from the writings of Aristotle to the latest books on success and personal achievement. Their collection includes books by many authors from different nations and cultures.
     
  • National Braille Press - Promotes braille literacy by producing braille books and magazines for purchase. They also offer a children's braille book club.
     
  • National Braille Factory - is dedicated to producing the highest quality braille including their unique collection of Braille coloring books for children. Should you need anything transcribed into braille format, contact National Braille Factory.
     
  • Perkins School for the Blind offers a Braille and audio book library.
     
  • ReadHowYouWant Ltd. offers a large collection of titles; many current bestsellers in a variety of accessible formats including audio (DAISY) or Braille formats. In addition to the large collection of public domain titles, they have a diverse collection of books from their Publishing Partners available for sale as well.
     
  • Seedlings Braille Books for Children - has over 700 low-cost children's books available for purchase.
     
  • TravelBraille has started a new series called 'Literature for Young Readers'. There is a limited number of titles available however they may just have the title you are looking for.
     

Books - E-text Format

  • The goal of Bookshare® is to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities. With a dynamic leadership team, dedicated Members and capable partners, Bookshare is making this goal a reality.
     
    People with print disabilities deserve to enjoy reading as much as all other readers. Yet, currently fewer than five percent of the books needed by people with print disabilities are available in accessible formats such as digital text or digital Braille. Bookshare®'s goal is to raise the floor of access so that people with print disabilities can obtain a broad spectrum of print materials at the same time as everyone else. People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the quantity and timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats. Further, Bookshare’s vision encompasses new technological developments as well as new applications of widely available technologies to stretch the power of technology for increased access to content.
  • WebRing of e-books contains a site offering e-books on-line or downloads. The eBooks! Ring is open to digital literature writers, publishers & readers of all age groups and interests.
     
  • BookLocker is your Online Bookstore For The Unique, eclectic and Different. It offers thousands of downloadable e-text books in .pdf format.
     
  • DAISY scriptures are available in both audio or e-text formats at no charge. The collection includes the King James Bible or the Koran.
     
  • The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in its collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for people who are blind, sight-impaired or for those who may have other disabilities.
     
  • The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books and other material available to the general public. It is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).
     
  • Hard Shell Word Factory is a royalty paying publisher of works by established and new authors. Their material is for sale in electronic format (ebooks), and publish in multiple formats for the new E-reader and hand-held devices.
     

Magazines

  • The CNIB Library offers an extensive collection of monthly magazines, either available to subscribers on-line or compiled in audio format on a CD and delivered directly to your home.
     
  • Dialogue Magazine was established in 1961 and is published bi-monthly by Blindskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Salem, Oregon. DIALOGUE is an international news magazine edited for individuals who are experiencing vision loss or are blind, and their friends and families. It reviews low vision aids and devices, provides tips and techniques for coping with vision loss, reports personal experiences of people living successfully with vision impairment at home, in school, on the job and in the community, interviews professionals working in the field of blindness and low vision, and is designed to inform, instruct and entertain in the discussion of blindness issues. DIALOGUE publishes articles, personal essays, interviews, news and resources on all aspects of coping with vision loss.
     
  • For those wishing to receive new Flying Blind, LLC Publications automatically via RSS Feed (including Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday) you may visit the Flying Blind feed which will be updated (or syndicated) with the release of each new Flying Blind Publication.
     
    RSS is an automatic content syndication technology which uses a standard informational format (XML) that is easily recognizable to a variety of software applications called RSS Readers (or Aggregators). A user may subscribe to an RSS feed by entering its address (www.flying-blind.com/feed.xml) into their reader of choice to initiate the subscription process. The RSS reader then checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for any updates and provides a user interface to monitor and read these feeds. It is their hope that this additional distribution channel will help their readers to get the adaptech information they need, when they need it.
  • Newsreel is an exciting monthly audio magazine available on both audio cassette tape and in digital mp3 format. Produced by and for persons who are blind or sight-impaired, Newsreel contains news, supportive articles, information and entertainment.
     
  • Audyssey is a new electronic magazine dedicated to computer games which are, either by intention or pure accident, accessible to people who are blind or sight-impaired. To receive editions of Audyssey by email, simply subscribe to audyssey magazine and type: subscribe audyssey in the subject line. Simply ask to be added to the Audyssey distribution list, and each new issue of the magazine will be automatically sent to you. Please note that this is a personal address, so kindly remember that a person, not a machine, will be receiving and processing your subscription request.
     

Newsletters

  • If you are an enthusiastic Google user, you may wish to subscribe to the Google Friends newsletter. You can keep up-to-date with each monthly edition which provides important announcements of new features and other information regarding the Google search engine and other Google features.
     
  • The Harness, a newsletter dedicated to guide/service dog issues is available free of charge, primarily via E-mail, three times a year. Circulation of new publications takes place in the months of March, July, and November. If you wish to be added to the list of recipients, please contact The Harness with your name and E-mail address, as well as your dog’s name, breed, and birthday.
     
  • The Microsoft Accessibility Update is a free e-mail newsletter that provides information about accessibility including accessibility options in Microsoft products. This newsletter is sent to subscribers in the first week of the month and is also published on the Microsoft Accessibility Web site.
     
    To subscribe to the MicroSoft Access newsletter, send an E-mail message with the word SUBSCRIBE in the Subject line. You can also subscribe through Microsoft's Web Site where you can also manage all your Microsoft communication preferences.

Blindness Related Blogs

  • The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is pleased to offer the Blind Canadians blog. The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is a national charitable organization, founded in 1992, that is dedicated to promoting the increased inclusion of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians in all aspects of social life, from employment to participation in elections. Our members, comprised of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted consumers and supporters from across the country, participate in working groups and committees, engage with local, city-based chapters, and engage in public awareness and education activities on a daily basis.
     
  • The Blind Access Journal blog is about the blind and our quest for the greatest possible access to all the information available in the world around us. A team of advocates, assistive technology instructors and reporters including Karen Shandrow, Darrell Shandrow, Allison Hilliker, Jeff Bishop and special guest contributors provide content which explores accessibility evangelism, demonstrate revolutionary new technologies for the blind, find out about the latest assistive technology happenings and much more.
  • The Camera Obscura blog is an excellent source for blindness related resources on a national and/or international basis.
  • The CNIB blog offers a community-based interactive opportunity to keep abreast of blindness related topics and issues ranging from accessibility, advocacy, employment, JAWS tips, podcasts, research, sports, tips and tricks an much more.
  • The Fred's Head blog contains tips, techniques, tutorials, in-depth articles, and resources for and by people who are blind or visually impaired. Fred's Head is offered by the American Printing House for the Blind.
  • Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB Vice President Research and Service Quality, joined CNIB in the Spring of 2007 after more than 30 years spent in the ophthalmic industry, where he was responsible for a wide range of research and scientific activities. He is responsible for managing the research operations of CNIB, including the CNIB Baker research grants and fellowship programs, and is committed to utilizing research to ensure ongoing, evidence-based vision rehabilitation services at CNIB and the maintenance of service quality. Dr. Gordon’s goals for CNIB research are to establish a research enterprise of the highest standards dedicated to vision rehabilitation, ophthalmic epidemiology and vision public health.
     
    Dr. Gordon’s primary research interests lie in the area of ophthalmic epidemiology. His academic qualifications include an M.Sc. in Epidemiology, a Ph.D. in Bio-organic Chemistry and an MBA. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. There are many interesting entries on Dr. Kieth Gordon's blog.
     
  • Don't miss a post from the Serotek Blog. You never know when a promotion might be headed your way!

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