Audio Books & Publications
Learn about assistive technology tools called audio books and publications.
By Kristin Stanberry , Marshall Raskind, Ph.D.
Recorded books allow users to listen to text and are available in a variety of formats, such as audiocassettes, CDs, and MP3 downloads. Special playback units allow users to and search and bookmark pages and chapters. Subscription services offer extensive electronic library collections.
What type(s) of learning difficulty do these tools address?
This type of tool may help people who struggle with: reading.
Products and Services to Consider:
- Kurzweil 3000™ Literacy and Reading Programs
- Recorded Books on PlayAway
- Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
- Every state library acts as a distribution point for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which has a large collection of books in audio format. You can search the catalog at their website. Certification of disability is required.
- A growing number of local and unversity libraries are providing downloadable audio books through a service called NetLibrary. You have to have a compatible PC or MP3 player (Windows Media Player ready) in order to listen to them. Ask your library if they offer this service.
- Unabridged is a source of digital audio books for people in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont who are blind, visually impaired, or physically challenged. Certification of disability by your participating local library is required.
Resources to help you evaluate assistive technology for your child:
Updated February 2010