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Links for Website Readers & Electronic Text Information

Reading Links:

Welcome to ReadPlease®!  http://www.readplease.com/
Developer of award-winning text-to-speech software for Windows® based operating systems. Reads any text you see on your screen - all purpose text-to-speech software.  ReadPlease 2003 is a free download trial for 30 days.

BOOKS.GOOGLE.COM  You should go to http://books.google.com/ and do a search for a old books that would likely be out of copyright.  The engine should allow you to view the full-text of the book online.  Many public domain and other copyrighted books are free.

From Project Gutenberg:  http://www.gutenberg.org/ the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks).  Top 100 downloads, of over 2 million ebooks downloaded each month.  There are 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
Public Domain Books:  These books are in the public domain in the United States and everybody - including Project Gutenberg and you - may read and distribute them.
Copyrighted Books:  Some authors give Project Gutenberg permission to distribute their book(s). This permission does not automatically expand to include you. If you want to distribute a copyrighted ebook you found on PG, you have to contact the author and stipulate an agreement.

Bookshare.org:  http://www.bookshare.org/  is a web-based system supplying accessible books in digital formats designed for people with disabilities. These digital formats are the NISO/DAISY XML-based format for the next generation of talking books, and the BRF format for Braille devices and printers. Access to copyrighted books from Bookshare.org is limited to people in the United States with bona fide print disabilities and the schools and nonprofit organizations serving them. An array of security protections and Digital Rights Management solutions ensure that these books are available only to authorized users.
What does it cost for copyrighted texts?
Individual subscriptions cost $25 to sign up, $50 for the annual subscription. Bookshare.org's goal is to break even financially with modest membership fees and extensive volunteer support from its community of members and supporters.

AUDIOBOOKS.COM:  http://www.audiobooks.com/ World's largest selection of new & used audiobooks on compact disc or Industry Standard Mp3 files.  These would be for purchase only.

AUDIBLE.COM:  http://www.audible.com/   Also, a monthly fee.

LEARNOUTLOUD.com:  http://www.learnoutloud.com/ is your one-stop destination for audio and video learning.
Browse over 10,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.  Need a membership with a monthly fee.

Free Christian Audio Books:  http://www.freechristianaudiobooks.com/  MP3 files available on this website but very few titles. 
Free Classic Audio Books:  http://www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com/  MP3 files available on this website but very few titles.  Also from this website you can go to:
Bibles in mp3 available for Free Download http://www.audiotreasure.com/#download/

BROWSEALOUD.COM
For students needing to have websites read to you go to:  http://www.browsealoud.com/
Browsealoud is a computer program that reads out the words on a website. As you move the cursor over words, they are spoken aloud and this program is free for anyone to use.  Websites have to pay a yearly charge to be Browsealoud-friendly.  This program is quite restrictive since it is based in England and most websites that have installed this feature are located in the United Kingdom so there are not many US websites using Browsealoud but certainly will be adding more US access in the future.  Check it out.  Search Engines such as Google, MSN and Yahoo do have this feature available.

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS ETHEREAL LIBRARY  http://www.ccel.org/
The mission of the CCEL is to build up the church by making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use.  You may want to register ($35), but you can also view many wonderful Christian classics in print online or plain text without registering.

The most popular screen reader worldwide, JAWS® for Windows® works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet.  http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software_jaws.asp
Pricing for JAWS Product and Software Maintenance Agreements (SMA):

  • JAWS Professional
    (Windows XP Professional, Home, and Media Center Editions/2000/ME/98): $1,095
    • Include Access for Remote Desktop, Terminal Server/Citrix: $200
    • SMA for JAWS Professional, at time of purchase: $200
    • SMA for JAWS Professional, if purchased separately: $260
  • JAWS Standard
    • (Windows XP Home): $895
    • SMA for JAWS Standard, at time of purchase: $120
    • SMA for JAWS Standard, if purchased separately: $180

PREMIER ASSISTIVE: http://www.readingmadeez.com/home.html
The Universal Reader is a very easy-to-use utility that reads to you. The best part is that it works with virtually any application. Use it to read your email, your WORD documents, even web pages. It is as simple as selecting what you want it to read and then click on the floating toolbar and it starts to read. It takes about 2 minutes to install and even less time to learn how to use it. The Talking Pointer feature even allows you to simply point to text, icons, etc. to have them read to you.  Free trial downloads.

Study Helps:

VARK  http://www.vark-learn.com/english/index.asp
VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences.  These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information.  When students make changes to their study methods based on their VARK preferences, their learning will be enhanced, that is, when they use strategies that align with their preferences.

The Study Guides and Strategies web site:  http://www.studygs.net/
Bibliography of digital text portals giving links to many useful free digital text sites.