AT and Learning Disabilities
Electronic Books (E-Books)
Students with reading problems can work around their problems by listening to recorded text (books, journals, newspapers) rather than reading it from a printed page. Most public libraries and many bookstores sell books-on-CD or other media. Electronic books or “E-books” can often be read using reading software. E-books are books that are in digital format. The format typically is in a different format for a reader with a visual impairment. Sometimes the company offering e-books also provides the reading software. E-books are also available with a narrated recording of the book. Scanning hard copy print takes time. Sources for electronic text are increasing, and more web-based textbooks are becoming available. Some of these sources are listed below.
Other e-book sites:
- American Printing House for the Blind
- Blio – Free!
- Bookbox – Low cost books but free previews and some whole books for free, pdf downloads.
- Bookshare – Accessible Online Library for people with print disabilities
- Books Aloud – Have to qualify by having a print disability in order to download books. Complete client application
- Books Should be Free – Download mp3 or iPod versions of audio books
- CCProse – Classic literature made accessible by combining high quality audio, large print text, synchronized closed captions, and machine translations in multiple languages; we provide something for everyone.
- Daily Lit – Free public domain books
- Download free audio books
- FictionWise – FictionWise sells ebooks but also has a collection of free books available in many formats, secure eReader program available as a free download
- Free Classic Audio Books – Search for different books
- The Internet Public Library
- Learning Ally
- Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Lit2Go – Free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3
- Open Culture – FREE cultural and educational media - link to free audio books.
- PikPocketBooks – Books to view on a smartphone prices start at $.99
- Project Guttenberg – Free!
- Start-to-Finish Books
- University of Adelaide