Talking Books Available at No Cost


isl-tbbl-2.jpgVisual or physical impairments don’t need to prevent anyone from reading a good book. That’s why the Indiana State Library provides the Talking Book Library initiative. It’s available for anyone with a visual or physical impairment, such as blindness, Parkinson’s Disease, a reading disability, arthritis, etc.

Once you are signed up (the library can assist with that), you’ll receive an audio player and rechargeable batteries in the mail. The large buttons on the audio player, combined with braille on the buttons, make it easy to use. You can select the genres you’d like to listen to, choose specific authors, or pick individual books. All are sent through the mail directly to your home. There are no late fees, and there is no cost for this service.

Talking Books also provides an easy to use app, so you can download and listen to books right on your smart phone or tablet. The state library does offer a grant program, which provides up to $1,000 to purchase assistive technology like an iPad or tablet.

The Talking Book Library has 12,000 digital audio book titles available on cartridge (for the audio player), 35,000 digital audio book titles available for download through the app, 19,000 Braille book titles, 16,000 large print titles, and also offers audio versions of magazines and 14 Indiana newspapers.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the Indiana State Library’s Talking Books service, please contact the Kendallville Public Library Adult Services Department for more information. Call Leah Dresser at 343-2017 or email her at ldresser@kendallvillelibrary.org.