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AUDIO-BOOK

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A PUBLICATION FROM THE...

SIGHT LOSS
INFORMATION
DETECTIVE

.....ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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SHOULD THE READER WANT TO SUGGEST ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS FOR THIS LISTING, PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS - GO TO LINK, SEND A MESSAGE, NEAR THE TOP OF THIS WEBPAGE.

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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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THE ESSENCE OF A GOOD BOOK IS ITS VOICE AND EITHER A AUDIO BOOK OR AUDIO PROGRAM NEEDS A REAL STORYTELLER NOT JUST A READER.

LIKEWISE, A WELL-NARRATED AUDIO BOOK MEANS THE LISTENER SEES WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED.

NEXT, WHEN THE FAMOUS STEVE JOBS BIOGRAPHY WAS PUBLISHED IN 2011, BOTH THE PRINT AND NARRATED VERSIONS WERE SOLD SIMULTANEOUSLY. THIS HAPPY EVENT MEANT THIS TITLE WAS BORN ACCESSIBLE, BUT TOO FEW NEW BOOKS ARE ACTUALLY SOLD IN SPOKEN WORD TANDEM. IDEALY VISION LOSS CONSUMERS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME CHOICES AT THE SAME TIME AND AT THE SAME PRICES.
FOR REFERENCE, HERE IS THE RECORDING AVAILABILITY WHEN IN FACT, TEXT-TO-SPEECH IS PRODUCED...

- ALWAYS COMPACT DISC
- SOMETIMES MP3 COMPACT DISC
- USUALLY MP3 DOWNLOAD
- SOMETIMES CASSETTE
- SOMETIMES PRELOADED MEDIA

FOR REFERENCE, ONE GIGABYTE CAN HOLD OVER 17 HOURS OF RECORDED SPEECH.

HOWEVER, MANY NEW TITLES ARE SIMPLY NEVER COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED AS AUDIO BOOKS.

THE BEST WORLD FOR BLIND READERS WOULD BE IF THEY CAN BUY ANY NEW BOOK AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE IN AUDIO FORMAT COMPARED TO PRINT CONSUMERS.

WHILE THE NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE (NLS) AND BOOKSHARE DO OFFER THOUSANDS OF TALKING TITLES, BUT EVEN THOSE MAY BE DELAYED FOR OVER A YEAR WAITING FOR PROFESSIONAL SOUND PRODUCTION.

PLUS, MOST E-BOOKS CANNOT BE ACCESSED BY A SCREEN READER AND EVEN THOSE THAT CAN WILL LACK THE CADANCE AND EMOTIONS OF A HUMAN NARRATOR, AS WELL AS NO OR IMPROPER PAUSES AND TOO MANY BAD PRONOUNCEMENTS. IN FACT, ONLY THE HAPPY MARRIAGE OF HUMAN WRITER AND HUMAN READER PRODUCE SUPERIOR NARRATED SYNTAX.

IN THE CASE OF UNAVAILABLE VOICED FICTION OR NON-FICTION, A LOCAL PAID-FOR OR VOLUNTEER NARRATOR ARE POSSIBILITIES, WITH THE LATTER TO BE FOUND AT SOME NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

OTHERWISE A TALKING SCANNER CAN BE USED, BUT THIS METHOD OF ACCESSING A PRINT BOOK IS VERY ACKWARD AND SLOW.

SOME ENCOURAGEMENT COMES BECAUSE OF THE RAPIDLY GROWING AUDIO BOOK MARKET, PARTICUALY FOR DOWNLOADS FROM AUDIBLE AND A INCREASING NUMBER OF OTHER PUBLISHERS.

LINK: AUDIO-BOOK SELLERS
SITE: WWW DOT SIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS DOT ORG

FINALLY, CONSIDER A REAL WORLD DO-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCT...

1. BUY DIGITAL SPOKEN BOOK, PERFORMANCE OR THEATER

2. DOWNLOAD THIS AUDIO PRESENTATION ONTO EITHER A COMMERCIAL THUMB DRIVE (AKA USB FLASH DRIVE) OR A PURCHASED NLS BLANK CARTRIDGE

3. BOTH CAN THEN BE PLAYED IN THE NLS DIGITAL PLAYER FOR BOSE-LIKE SOUND QUALITY

PRECAUTIONS...

1. SANDISK BRAND THUMB DRIVES (AND MAYBE OTHERS) CAUSE CARTRIDGE ERROR IN THE NLS PLAYER

2. EITHER CONSUMER-PRODUCED THUMB DRIVE OR NLS CARTRIDGE AUDIO DO NOT RESPOND TO MANY OF THE NLS PLAYER CONTROLS

3. WHILE AUDIBLE DOT COM HAS THE LARGEST SELECTION OF AUDIO TITLES THEY DO USE A SPECIAL FORMAT WHICH REQUIRES CONVERSION TO MP3 FOR USE IN THE NLS PLAYER

4. SOME DIGITAL DOWNLOADS, INCLUDING AUDIBLE DOT COM, MAY BE IN TWO OR MORE PARTS WHICH FIRST NEED TO BE MERGED FOR USE IN THE NLS PLAYER

5. ALL DIGITAL FILES MUST BE FIRST PLACED IN A FOLDER CAREFULLY LABELED AUDIO+PODCASTS (IN LOWERCASE) FOR USE IN THE NLS PLAYER

6. GENERALLY THE SUPER-SIZE NLS THUMB DRIVES COST ABOUT TWICE THAT OF COMPARABLE COMMERCIAL THUMB DRIVES BUT ARE MUCH EASIER FOR HANDLING AND STORAGE WITHOUT THE RISK OF INCOMPATIBILITY FOR USE IN THE NLS PLAYER

7. HERE IS A LIST OF VENDORS...

LINK: NLS CARTRIDGES
SITE: WWW DOT LOC DOT GOV / NLS
SCROLL TO: HEADING - SOURCES

SO, HAPPY LISTENING !

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