Listening to More Audio

Periodicals & Books

Great news! Now more than ever, there are many free resources available for individuals with visual and print disabilities to listen to audio versions of periodicals and books! In addition, if you read Braille, digital versions of books in Braille are available. This page introduces some of those resources. Find more through your Public Library.

Major resources include those provided free for people with vision and print disabilities, as well as paid sources. We have listed and sorted the most prominent ones here.

Audio Books & Periodicals

Free for Vision & Print Disabled Image that reads NLS, national library service for the blind and print Disabled, Library of Congress.

Low Cost for Vision & Print Disabled

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  • Bookshare –  Free for students, small fee for others who qualify. Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.
  • Learning Ally-Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization that transforms the lives of early and struggling learners through proven solutions from Pre-K through high school, to help students reach their potential.

Paid Subscriptions

  • SmashWords– Find thousands of free books authored by independent authors. Many others are low-cost. When  you retrieve a book from Smashwords, you have the  freedom  to access it on all your devices. Smashwords link.
  • Audible–  Purchase individual books or buy a subscription. Audible is linked with  Amazon and discounted for Amazon Prime customers. Audible link.
  • Apple Books – Very large inventory of audiobooks. Apple Books link.


Learn more about resources for audiobooks and braille display books for  individuals who are fission or print disabled, be sure to contact your local library. They want to help!



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