Though it’s often thought that macular degeneration patients must discontinue reading as the condition progresses, patients can actually often continue to read with the help of either improved lighting, magnifiers and/or audio books. Indeed, talking books (also known as audio books) are recorded materials- most often books and or magazines – in audio format. Great for the visually impaired, talking books can be found online or via the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped. Additionally, said books are often completely free of charge.
Worried that the audio book selection will be minimal? Don’t be; talking books cover a wide variety of materials including best sellers, scholarly literature, poetry and many classic fictional tales. Below are a few online sources where you can download audio books at your leisure:
LibriVox.org: LibriVox provides free, downloadable audio books. Search by author, title or language, and then burn the books onto a CD, iPod or mobile device.
Thought Audio: This site works a bit like a podcast, so the books can only be streamed online. With a reliable internet connection and computer, however, this site works quite well.
Lit2go: One of the better looking free audiobook websites, this page is run by Florida’s Educational Technology Cleaninghouse. It contains a wide selection of downloadable short stories, poems and more. Lit2GO also allows you to search for desired books directly on the homepage.
BooksShouldBeFree.com: Is an incredible resource that is full of all kinds of books. From romance novels to classic stories to poetry to fairy tales, this is a completely free resource in which you can download to iTunes or stream via the website.
• Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
• The Call of the Wild-Jack London
• Edgar Allan Poe Poems- Edgar Allen Poe
If you do not have access to a personal computer or access to the internet, you can always contact the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The NLS administers a free library program of both braille and audio books for eligible individuals by postage-free mail. Learn more about the NLS by visiting their website or by calling 202-707-5100. Happy reading!
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