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July 18, 2005

The Netflix of Audiobooks

by Ron Hogan

Print isn't always the ideal format to deliver literature to book lovers; then too, sometimes the conditions that might prevent one from being able to read off the page also create restrictions on the amount of disposable income one might have for audiobooks. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physcially Handicapped is a Library of Congress program that makes audiobooks and braille materials available for free, with a wide selection (see the latest update). NLS will celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, and I'm told that the average enrollee gets through 35 books each year, which is a heck of a lot better than most sighted and able-bodied readers manage these days! If you know somebody who could benefit from this program, or if you're interested in volunteering, find a participating library in your area.

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