Audio players and talking books

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audio players and talking books

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Traditionally, Talking Books were played on records, and then, as the technology changed, on cassette tapes on specially adapted machines. Eventually, Talking Books became digital files on CDs or another device. These books allow users to skip directly to specific places in the book, insert bookmarks, and more. There are two types of players for reading digital Talking Books—stand-alone players and software players that are used on computers. The stand-alone machines are the easiest to learn to use, and they can be small and portable. They are also the most affordable players for people who do not own a computer.
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Audio Players and Talking Books

Popular players are hard to use for the elderly. Yet for many seniors listening to audiobooks becomes an alternative to reading that gets harder and harder as their sight deteriorates. With that in mind, this app provides the most basic of features, no more and no less than what the user absolutely needs. I barely use it and wanted to give it a new life and purpose other than collecting dust in my living room. I already have a bookworm with macular degeneration in mind for this project. She currently uses a Talking Book Player but wants something she can store all of her favorite audio-books on to access them whenever she wants.

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this website, you're giving consent to cookies being used. You can read more about how we use cookies in our Terms and Conditions. You can also play them on any MP3 CD player, but you won't be able to use the bookmark feature or have as much control navigating the book. You can download and listen to digital audio books, magazines and newspapers on your computer, MP3 player such as an iPod, tablet such as an iPad or Galaxy Tab or mobile phone.

In , the first Victor Reader played digital CD books distributed to users by free postal delivery. Now, with wireless connectivity, libraries for the blind are delivering digital talking books, magazines, and newspapers directly to the newest Victor Reader players over the Internet. Never in the 70 years of talking books for the blind has the book been delivered so quickly and easily. Sweden boasts great success with this new technology. Using its new wireless 3G capability, the Stratus connects to the MTM newspaper service and without any intervention by the user or need for a computer, the Stratus downloads the newspaper.

Not many people realize that the earliest phonograph records were created specifically to provide spoken recordings for people who could not read because they were blind.
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My wife used to love reading but since her stroke has aphasia, no speech, limited vision and limited dexterity in her left hand only. She can select TV channels on a remote but she cannot read a short news story let alone a novel, so she listens to the radio and watches a lot of TV.

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  1. Rumquatifen says:

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