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Yes, yes Lianne, thanks for adding!  Bookshare uses the Daisy format like
Learning Ally.  Also requires a diagnosed disability.

And of course I should have mentioned text readers like Read Write Gold
(which integrates with Google Apps), then you just need an ebook that can
be read out loud.


On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 6:20 AM, Lianne Petrocelli <
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> Great summary Linda. One other option is Bookshare for students with
> learning disabilities which is free. Here is a post I wrote about free and
> paid audiobook resources:
>
> https://petroedtech.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/creating-easy-access-to-audiobooks-for-struggling-readers/
>
> https://www.bookshare.org/cms
>
>
> Lianne Petrocelli
> CESU Assistive Technology Consultant
>
>
> On Oct 23, 2015, at 12:37 AM, Linda McSweeney <[log in to unmask]
> <[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
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> Hi Diane, et al.,
>
> Weighing in on audio books for schools... it's a bit like Vermont
> weather...'if you don't like it wait ten minutes.'  Both audiobook and
> ebook content is constantly evolving and controlled by publishers, but
> depending on what kind of content--fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, there
> are options.
>
> Playaways are becoming old technology--although most school libraries have
> them in their collections-- and are being replaced by downloadable
> content.  The biggest vendors right now are Overdrive, Audible, Ebsco, and
> Follett.  The plus side is that content is hosted in the cloud and the
> vendors all have built in digital rights management with check in/out.  The
> minus is that audio book vendors are at the mercy of publishers who control
> content and lease it to schools (you cancel your subscription and you lose
> the content, or lease is limited to a year or two, and then you are
> required to purchase the book again).
>
> For students with reading disabilities (visual impairment, dyslexia,etc.)
> there is Learning Ally for textbooks and BARD from the Library of Congress
>
> Another great option for audio reading materials (not books) that is
> sometimes overlooked is Vermont Online Library.  All of their content is
> accessible through a text reader, although not 'performed' by humans, the
> digital voice is decent.
>
> Hope this helps!
>
> Linda McSweeney
>
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 9:20 AM, Diane Stacy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Has anyone had experience with "Playaways"?
>>
>> What are other schools doing for making audio books available to
>> students/staff?
>>
>> Any input is greatly appreciated!
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