- American Printing House
- APH offers a large selection of braille books, including those whose subject relates to holidays.
- Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com
- These and other book resellers are expanding the number of books they offer in braille format. Try doing a search for "braille" or perhaps "braille edition" and see what you get!
- This company offers braille and print/braille books for children and adults, as well as braille business cards. They also offer braille transcription services.
- Free Animorphs braille books
- Children who are blind can obtain free braille editions of selected title from Animorphs, a popular children's book series, from the American Action fund for Blind Children and Adults. Published in print by Scholastic Books and in braille by Braille International, the series features science fiction, fantasy and magic for children in grades 4 through 8. Send the children's name and address to the Fund at 1800 Johnson St., Baltimore MD 2123. You may also contact them by telephone (voice: 410-659-9315; fax: 410-685-6564) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Copies are also available to schools, libraries and organizations that serve blind children.
- I Can See Books
- This book stores focuses on high quality, reasonably priced Braille books for children and adults. They also offer transcription services.
- International Electronic Braille Book Library
- This site, a project of the International Braille Research Center, offers over 1,000 books that be read on-line (if you own or have access to a paperless Braille display device) or off-line (by embossing them in Braille or by loading them into devices such as Braille notetakers). Most books are done in grade II format.
- Louis Braille Center
- This non-profit organization offers braille books about braille, books by Helen Keller, inspirational and devotional books, poetry and books for children.
- National Braille Press (NBP)
- NPB is located in Boston, Massachusetts and offers a large number of braille books, including those designed for a computer user. Known for their Children's Braille Book Club, they also offer public tours to show how braille is produced.
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- NLS is part of the Library of Congress. It administers the free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, as well as specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are are unable to read or use standard print materials because of a visual or physical impairment. Their web site provides the locations of the libraries throughout the U.S., as well as a catalog of their offerings.
- Princeton Braillists
- This organization is a group of transcribers who offer numerous tactile maps and drawings, such as "Atlas of the Middle East" (approximately $20) and "Atlas of North and South America" (approximately $50), plus maps of individual states. For more information, contact them at 76 Leabrook Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540-3659 or telephone (215) 357-7715 or 609-924-5207.
- Seedlings Braille Books for Children
- Texas School for the Blind
- This school makes available some full-text books for downloading. They have already been put into braille format and hence merely need to be printed via a braille embosser.
- Large Print Books
- This site shows a large number of large print books that can be ordered on-line directly from Amazon.Com.
- Large Print Bookshop
- Library Reproduction Service (LRS)
- This 30-year old organization provides large print reproductions for children and adults, including educational materials as well as books to be read for pleasure. They offer a searchable on-line catalog of their 23,000+ product offerings too.
Electronic books are perfectly suited for visually impaired individuals - and their parents and vision teachers. Why? If you have a screen reader or a speech-enabled web browser such as pwWebSpeak, then the books can be read aloud right off the Web. If you have text-to-braille translation software and a braille embosser, then you can download them and quickly (and better yet: painlessly) produce a brailled book.
- American Literature
- This site has several classics available for reading or downloading, a chapter at a time. Books include Moby Dick, Little Women, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and more.
- Education Service Center, region VII
- This site offers several children's books for downloading in text or Duxbury format. Titles include books written by Judy Blume, H. A. Rey, Judith Virist, William Steig, Dr. Seuss, and James Howe.
- Encyberpedia links together hundreds (thousands?) of encyclopedias from all over the Internet into one massive on-line encyclopedia which is, of course, searchable. They also have a terrific page listings dozens of search engines that can be used to find what you're looking for if Encyberpedia itself didn't have it.
- Library of Congress: Electronic Texts and Publishing Resources
- This page offers links to other Internet sites featuring electronic texts such as Catalogue of Projects in Electronic Text, Oxford Text Archives, and Directory of Electronic Text Centers, etc.
- On-line Books Page
- This web site is an index of thousands of online books and for common repositories of on-line books. You can search (or browse) by author, title or by subject.
- Project Gutenberg
- Project Gutenberg began in 1971 and has since become an in-depth archive of electronic texts (Etext) in the simplest, easiest to use form available -- pure text. Books are selected based on their appeal to a wide audience. Authors include Twain, Aesop, London, Poe, Dickens and many more.
- Public Domain Electronic Children's Books
- This web site offers the full text of many electronic books by such authors as Charles Dickens, Jack London, Mark Twain and Louisa May Alcott.
- This web site, sponsored by the Hawaii Education Literacy Project, offers a free screen reader that can be downloaded. After installation, you can enjoy their links to over 480 full-text electronic books that can then be read aloud via ReadToMe.
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