Bookshare™ is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Bookshare offers accessible digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
For more information, please visit the official website for Bookshare.
Direct to Player Service
Direct to Player is a service for people with print disabilities in Canada who use their public library's CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) service or the CNIB Library. For more information about the Direct to Player service and how library patrons can get accessible content, visit celalibrary.ca.
HumanWare's Connect 12
HumanWare's unique magnifying system Connect 12 combines a high-performance digital magnifier and an Android tablet. The system now also offers a book application.
Latest Release: HumanWare Connect 12
The new interface offers great flexibility and a multitude of options. Connect 12 Version 2.0 brings a new book application providing access to online accessible libraries such as Bookshare, NLS, Learning Ally and others (subscription required). More information is available on the HumanWare website.
Kolibre KADOS supports the basic functions of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 1.0 and can for example be easily implemented in a Linux environment. With this web service, anyone can distribute DAISY books to different types of players that support DAISY, such as Kolibre Vadelma.
There is a demo version of the DAISY Online Delivery web service based on KADOS up and running with sample content at kados.kolibre.org, which resets itself every day at midnight.
Latest Release: Kolibre KADOS web service
Kolibre KADOS (Kolibre Adaptive DAISY Online Service) is a web service solution based on the established scripting language PHP. The open source code is available on GitHub at https://github.com/kolibre/Kolibre-KADOS.
Learning Ally (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) is one of the leading producers of accessible textbooks in the United States. Digital audio technology was introduced to Learning Ally members in the fall of 2002. Their digitally recorded books using VOICEtext technology provide members with unprecedented independence through their extraordinary portability. Learning Ally digital books can be navigated by page, chapter or section at the press of a button.
NLS Talking Books and Braille Program
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) free talking book program was first established by an Act of the U.S. Congress to serve blind adults. It was expanded in 1952 to include children. In 1962 music materials were added, and since 1966 individuals with other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print are being served. Originally there were 19 libraries – today the NLS network includes more than 100 libraries across the nation and in the U.S. territories. These libraries distribute reading materials to a readership of more than 900,000. The Talking Book and Braille Program is a collaborative arrangement between federal, state, and local libraries. Read more about NLS services and digital content playback options on the NLS website.