What is the Talking Book Program?

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The Talking Book Program is a service administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) for people with documented physical or visual disabilities. Choose from more than 159,000 biographies, best sellers, classics, poetry, mysteries, how-to, and other books, as well as 70 popular magazines. The special tape recorder needed to play the tapes as well as accessories like headphones, remote control units, and amplifiers are available from the Talking Books program. All items and services connected with this program are free. Even the postage on the books is paid. You are eligible for Talking Books if you meet any of the following criteria:
  • You are unable to read standard print without aids or devices other than glasses or contact lenses.
  • You have a visual acuity of less than 20/200 or a visual field of 20 degrees or less with correction.
  • You are unable to hold a book or turn a page.
  • You have a temporary loss of vision or use of your hands.
  • You have a medically documented reading disability.
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