Recorded audio books have been available for decades. Devices changed over time to play from recordings produced on albums, tapes, compact disks (CD) and digital formats. The National Talking Book Service provides members with a desktop book player with large tactile buttons and spoken directions. Books provided by this service come to your home on a cartridge that is inserted into a slot for playback. Portable Talking Book Players are small devices about the size of a TV remote control. Books can be transferred to portable device or books can be downloaded by connecting to a computer or wireless network. Other narrated books include those from services such as Audible.com or from borrowing from your local library service. Another book reading device are e Readers such as the Kindle. Devices like these can display books in various font sizes, background colors and can be read aloud by a computer-generated speech if the author has given permission. There are also apps on a tablet or smartphone that can perform the same access as devices described above.
What kinds of talking books or e-readers are there?
- National Talking Book Service Book Player
- Humanware Victor Reader Stream or Trek
- Hims Inc. Blaze ET and Blaze -EZ
- Kindle Book Reader from Amazon
- Apps on tablets or smartphones