There is a growing selection of audio book options for students with dyslexia. Many public libraries allow members to borrow audio books, and public domain publications can often be found as a PDF when searching on the internet. One can also purchase an audio book or join a membership site. See below for a number of my favorite options.
Free public domain audio book sites:
Librivox - Free - This site offers free text to speech audio books for public domain literature. Volunteers record chapters of books and release the audio files back onto the internet.
Project Gutenberg - Free - This site offers free text to speech audio books for public domain literature. Volunteers record chapters of books and release the audio files back onto the internet.
Audio books for disabilities - membership sites:
This option is available for individuals with dyslexia that can get a qualified certifying professional to fill out a form from the membership site. This professional can be a special education teacher, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, ophthalmologist , psychologist, doctor, or neuropsychologist.
Bookshare - Free - This site offers free text to speech audio books for diagnosed individuals with dyslexia. The books are simply scanned. Then, free or purchasable apps use computerized voices to read the text aloud. See my assistive technology page for app options.
Learning Ally - $ - This affordable option offers text to speech audio books for diagnosed individuals with dyslexia. Volunteers read the books aloud.
Purchasable audio books:
AnyBook Personal Reader - $ - This unique product allows physical books to be read aloud without having to scan the text. Pages are orally read and digitally recorded. Readers can then instantly access any page via scannable stickers.
Audible.com - $ - This Amazon company provides audiobooks. It also provides magazines, radio shows, podcasts, stand‐up comedy, and speeches. They claim to feature the best narrators interpreting books by top authors.
Raz-Kids - $ - This website provides comprehensive reading resources for students, with hundreds of eBooks offered at 27 different levels of difficulty. Kids access leveled text and read at their own pace. They can record themselves reading, and take an eQuiz.
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