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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)


Electronic & Audible Book Resources Page


Thanks to ACES Assistive Technology for providing this wonderful list of electronic and audible book resources.

Accessible Book Collection The Accessible Book Collection is a non-profit corporation. Our primary mission is to provide high interest/low reading level digital text to qualified persons with disabilities. Government and non-profit schools and others can subscribe to the very affordable Accessible Book Collection and have a large selection of e-books for all their eligible student.

Alex: A Catalog of Electronic Texts This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education which includes a catalog with over 2,000 etext entries.

Alternative Formats to Print Sources offers numerous links for print alternatives; very useful for students needing reading support and alternatives for using vision to read. (editor's note: You must be a University of Waterloo student and must be registered with the campus Office for Persons with Disabilities 888-4567 x35082, located in Needles Hall, Room 1132 to use this site.)

American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest company devoted to creating products for people who are visually impaired. Over seven years ago, EnableMart began as a company that developed educational software applications based on J.P Gillford's Structure of the Intellect and developing select cognitive skills. During this time, EnableMart came to realize the great need for assistive technology devices to make the lives of all individuals easier. While there is no shortage of products/solutions, a real awareness barrier exists. EnableMart set a goal to become an all inclusive source for assistive technology and assistive living devices and act as a link between those who need the products and those who make them.

Assistive Media We provide audio access to reading materials for anyone with a reading access barrier. Talented volunteers record magazine articles and other short works which are then available for download or in our podcast. There are hundreds of recordings of magazine articles, short stories, and selections from anthologies. Come join the millions of listeners who've discovered a new way to receive the entertainment, information, and knowledge they seek. In addition to audiobooks, we're home to magazines, radio shows, podcasts, stand-up comedy, and speeches from icons who shape our culture, politics, and business world. We feature the best narrators interpreting books by top authors. MP3, iPOD and DVD audiobooks (adventures, detectives, horrors, classics, children, non-fictions, philosophy, etc.) for you to download and enjoy. Every audio book produced and recorded by professional actors/narrators and experienced directors. No computerised text-to-voice conversions have been used. Listen to our mp3 audio books on your computer, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, CD-MP3 portable player, portable MP3 player, portable DVD player or even on iPod.

Awesome Library’s Awesome Talkster Organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. An animated online talking character for e-books, provides visual synchronized highlighting so students can follow the text.
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Bartleby is an Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing students, researchers unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Bookbuilder by CAST Welcome to the new CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Book Builder! Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

Books-On-Line is a directory of books that are posted on the net and available for downloading at no charge along with new books being published.

BookPALS is a program of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, consisting of professional actors who read aloud to children at public elementary schools.

Book Rags BookRags is the premier research site, with over 8.3 million pages of literature summaries, biographies, literary criticism, essays, encyclopedias, and eBooks source from over 100 respected education databases. Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This site has a enormous collection of electronic text for those with a print disability; membership is required.

Children’s Literature Web Guide includes a listing of online children's stories to read or download, some of which from well-known books, others can be found only online.

Children’s Story provides a selection of online traditional fairy tales with illustrations.

Cliff notes online summaries, character analysis, essay suggestions, and important quotes for thousands of books. In the areas of Literature, Writing, Foreign Languages, Math, and Sciences

Code Mantra is a company that will scan books at a reasonable price to create high-quality PDF files you can easily convert to Word or other formats.

Digital Book Index Digital Book Index provides links to more than 145,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 100,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.
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Ebooks is a commercial website that has downloadable ebooks. Ebooks has vast range of ebooks from the world's leading academic, popular and professional publishers.

E-text (electronic text) free books online. Electronic text provides access to digital materials for students with learning, sensory and physical disabilities. (Tongue Twisters) it is a phrase or sentence which is hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of nearly similar sounds. It helps develop speech skills & helps in speech therapy.

Electronic Text Center includes an extensive listing of prose and poetry e-text. We provide free access to any texts that we can legally make publicly available. These texts are not necessarily public domain. The texts that are restricted to UVA or VIVA use are typically commercial products whose vendors place these restrictions on us.

Enchanted Learning is a user-supported site. As a bonus, site members have access to a banner-ad-free version of the site, with print-friendly pages. We have numerous online books, easy-to-read information about popular academic areas, and close activities.

Fiction Wise has thousands of free and for-a-fee downloadable ebooks.

Gamequarium has a great list of on-line magazine sites that are very motivating for kids to use with text-to-speech software.

Giggle Poetry includes children's poetry, poetry contests, and ideas for educators on teaching poetry in fun and interesting ways. - Type in the book name and “eBook” to get possible etext resources.

Hedgie Loves to Read by Jan Brett -You can listen online or download a PDF of the entire book. My publisher has announced all of the towns and cities for my fall book tour for the 20th anniversary of THE MITTEN and my new JAN BRETT'S SNOWY TREASURY. I'll be visiting cities in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana. I'll be giving a book talk at each visit and hope that you can come. I'd love to see you! You can find all of the visits listed in the Tour section of this page for the Fall of 2009.
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Internet 4 Classrooms offers a catalog of links to internet resources for educators. The site is well organized and easy to navigate so that you can browse easily through the literally hundreds of suggested resources.

Internet Public Library includes links to picture books, short stories, poetry, myths, fables, magazines, and information about authors.In honor of the IPL’s upcoming 15th birthday at March 17, 2010, the IPL is launching the IPL 15 Things – introducing 15 of our favorite online technologies, with background information, best practices, related readings, examples of how the IPL is using the technology, and hands-on exercises.

Internal Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is an international and non-profit organization that provides access to digital libraries.The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

KidsClick was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, articles listed with illustration information and readability level.

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LearningAlly Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 70,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success.
Library Spot is a free virtual library resource for educators and students, families for valuable research information and includes a section on electronic books.

Librivox Provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. IbriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
Lil Fingers - is a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks and printable coloring pages. Our FREE toddler stories, activities & holiday sections are designed with bright colors & big buttons for little fingers.

Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully leveled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. This website has free animated talking books and phonics program when you register on their website.

LiteracyCenter.Net offers free literacy lessons a day to children

Magic Keys has an award winning site for online children’s talking storybooks, games, cartoons, coloring books, phonics, and teacher resources.

Microsoft’s eBook Catalog Microsoft Reader is a free, downloadable software application that allows you to read eBooks on Windows-based devices you may already own. Take advantage of a growing marketplace of over 60,000 eBook titles while enjoying the convenience and features of Microsoft Reader. This program contains an alphabetized list of topics, including a link to free ebooks. Information on Microsoft Reader, a text reader for PC computers, is available.

Mighty Book website includes online talking books for student and online games.

National Geographic for kids includes news with an environmental focus, and includes on animals, nature, history, people and places, science, and space.

Netlibrary Provides access to your library’s eContent collection. eContent is the digital version of books, journals, and database content. You can access your library’s eContent 24 hours a days, seven days a week. Members can download e-gooks in text and audio formats for loan. When the loan period expires, the book will no longer work.

Online Books Page website facilitates access to downloadable e-books, listing over 35,000 free books on the Web.

Pink Monkey Has over 460 Free Study Guides / Book Notes / Book Reviews / Online Chapter Summary / Notes / Analysis for literature titles. This site offers hundreds of free study guides, chapter summaries, book notes, chapter notes, synopsis, essays, downloadable notes, and online textbooks.

Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts) which includes e-text files of popular literary works.

RIF Reading Planet Read Along Stories and Songs is animated stories with the text highlighted as it is read in a human voice. Requires Flash.

Starfall - Teachers around the world use and Starfall high-quality educational products as an inexpensive way to make the classroom more fun and inspire a love of reading and writing. Parents use Starfall to prepare their children for school, and to support them once they are there. Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children

Spark Notes online summaries, character analysis, essay suggestions, and important quotes for thousands of books. In the areas of Literature, Writing, Foreign Languages, Math, and Sciences

Tar Heel Reader Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics. The books may be downloaded as slide shows in PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash format. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces, including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches. Tar Heel Reader is an open source library of books that are switch accessible, talking, internet accessible, and downloadable.

Teacher Express: See section on digital books

TechAdapt, Inc. TechAdapt provides the best in accessible media services, making print and electronic materials accessible to everyone, worldwide. TechAdapt, Inc. is a commercial company which provides Braille and digital translation services for any text, making print and electronic materials accessible to anyone.

Textbook Reader is a commercial company which makes textbooks available in Kurzweil's. KES format and are completely prepared. They have a list of textbooks that they have transferred into electronic format and they will also prepare other textbooks. Our Mission is to provide books that benefit those students who can’t access the written word or have a learning disability.

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.

Under the Sun is an online electronic repository of classic authors and great literature.

We Read is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which utilizes the Internet and Technology to engage children and young adults in the joys of reading and writing, and to raise parents' awareness of the importance of reading to their children. Our products and services are all FREE of charge! We Read utilizes the Internet and Technology to engage children and young adults in reading; website includes numerous talking and non-talking books and games.

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that cam be edited to address any student’s needs.

Wowio offers free electronic books online; make selections provided by category.

Zamzar has free file text converter to assist in using other electronic readers when they only read a specific format.


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