Member Services for books
Bookshare.org is an online library that enables members who have visual impairments, reading, or other print disabilities to legally share thousands of accessible electronic books and periodicals. An annual subscription fee is required for non-students. Bookshare Members download books and magazines in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access device. Apps are also available for iOS and Android devices.
Learning Ally, formerly RFB&D, is a national organization providing audio textbooks, library services and educational resources to those who cannot read standard print because of a visual, physical, or perceptual disability. Learning Ally specializes in textbooks and books needed in various professions. Books are produced in digital format and can be played on specialized talking book players and apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets. A membership fee is required.
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
700 Elm Street Winnetka, IL 60093-2554
(847) 446-8111 | Toll Free: (800) 323-4238
National Braille Press – 888-965-8965
88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4312
National Braille Press produces a wide variety of books, including material on cooking, health, and tutorials on PC software, iPhones and iPads. Most of their publications are available in hardcopy braille, downloadable braille, Daisy audio or Microsoft Word formats.
Smart Phone and Tablet Trainging
AppleVis.com – community site for blind and low-vision users of Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
AppleVis contains discussion forums, podcasts and reviews of the accessibility of thousands of apps for iOS and Mac.
AccessibleAndroid.com – Community of blind users of Google tablets and Android cell phones
How-to guides, podcasts and links to help you get the most out of your Android device.