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Resources for Accessible Books & Articles
This section presents links to resources that provide copies of text books, trade books, journals, operation manuals, scientific articles, and other publications in forms that are accessible to people with disabilities. Some of the formats include Braille, large type, recorded books, digital books, and tactile graphics.
AccessBooks provides "low cost book scanning," "audio operation manuals," "audio textbooks," "text tagging services," and "single copy digital printing."
APH was founded in 1858 and offers "braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic publications."
Bookshare.org is sponsored by the nonprofit company Benetech, founded in 1989. "This online community enables book scans to be shared, thereby leveraging the collections of thousands of individuals who regularly scan books, eliminating significant duplication of effort. Bookshare.org takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled."
CHPI is a nonprofit organization which translates math and science texts into Braille and e-text. "These books are transcribed according to The Nemeth Code of Braille Mathematics And Science Notation, 1972 revision. Our standard practice is to reproduce all graphs in tactile form and to describe photographs and drawings. . . . Because we use special software, (MegaDots) we can give fast turnaround times. Small jobs such as exams can be done in a few days. A book takes from six weeks to three months. We ship the first chapters of a book as soon as they are completed, rather than."
The National Braille Association "maintains a depository of textbooks and career and general interest materials, as well as a collection of music, which is continuously updated and augmented by NBA transcribing assignment services."
The National Braille Press, a nonprofit braille printing and publishing house, was established in 1927.
This is a free service provided by the United States Library of Congress. NLS translates books, magazines, and other printed matter into braille and also records spoken versions.
RFBD, founded in 1938, provides recorded books--including textbooks--in specialized formats. They also offer a custom recording service.
The Texas Text Exchange describes itself as "the first web-based digital library of electronic books for exclusive use by students with disabilities," noting that they have hundreds of books online and over a hundred active institutions in the United States and Canada.