Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Bookshare offers accessible digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools. Read one of the Bookshare user stories.
For more information, please visit the official website for Bookshare.
Olav Indergaard explains the benefits that the Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille (NLB) have experienced in adding EasyReader Express to their DAISY talking books:
"NLB (The Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille) has been a provider of DAISY-content for several years. One of our challenges as a DAISY-content provider has been to ensure that our users have access to DAISY-playback systems in order to fully utilize the DAISY-format. NLB therefore decided to provide DAISY-player software to all our users by including a DAISY-player in all our books. EasyReader Express was the software of choice." More information is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website.
Latest Release: EasyReader Express
Dolphin EasyReader Express is a new web-based subscription service which allows DAISY talking book providers to add an Express version of EasyReader to their DAISY talking book.
Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) is one of the leading producers of accessible textbooks in the United States. Their membership is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Their recording technologies have kept pace with the times. Digital audio technology was introduced to Learning Ally members in the fall of 2002. Their AudioPlus® digitally recorded textbooks provide members with unprecedented independence through their extraordinary portability and ability to be navigated by page, chapter or section at the press of a button.
Latest Release: Learning Ally Collection Accessible on Mac and Windows
Learning Ally's entire collection is now accessible on Mac as well as Windows operating systems through the introduction of ReadHear, developed by gh, LLC in partnership with Learning Ally. More information is available on the Learning Ally website.
NLS Talking Books and Braille Program
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) free talking book program was first established by an Act of the U.S. Congress to serve blind adults. It was expanded in 1952 to include children. In 1962 music materials were added, and since 1966 individuals with other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are being served. Originally there were 19 libraries – today the NLS network includes more than 100 libraries across the nation and in the U.S. territories. These libraries distribute reading materials to a readership of more than 900,000. The Talking Book and Braille Program is a collaborative arrangement between federal, state, and local libraries. Read more about NLS services and players on the NLS website.
ReadHowYouWant offers a wide selection of on-demand, optimized alternative format editions, including books in Braille and DAISY formats and large print books.
For more information, please visit the official website for ReadHowYouWant.