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Initial post: Jun 1, 2012 8:29:18 AM PDT
Renata Senna says:
My son is 14 years old and has a reading disability. While audio books are good for him he also should have the book he is reading in front of him in order to strengthen his reading skills. Audio books are expensive and then add the cost of the eBook or paper book to that cost and in order for him to have what works best for him you are looking a fair amount of money just for one book. So my question/recommendation is;
Is there any way to create and offer the Electronic version of a book with audio for a reasonable price? This would not only open up a wonderful resource for children with reading disabilities but also adult as well.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 8:33:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2012 8:42:44 AM PDT
Check out the public library--they have lots of classics on audio and you can download the free ebooks on your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 8:34:04 AM PDT
Look for books that show on the product description page that text-to-speech is enabled. Then get a Kindle Keyboard, Touch or DX. Those books will display the text while the computer reads the words aloud.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 8:37:58 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 8:41:53 AM PDT
You can listen if the book files are put in the music folder though you don't have as much control. If you have a Fire, you can read while using the Audible app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 8:53:53 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
"Kindle is not primarily meant for people with disabilities, but for regular readers."

I disagree with this. Look at all of the people who have vision problems and/or hindrances who can now read books with ease by being able to enlarge fonts? Look at the people with hand mobility problems who no longer have to worry about not being able to hold a book.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 9:12:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2012 9:21:03 AM PDT
I am OT in a school system and I have a app on my ipod that is called voice dream there is also another app that is available in amazon app store called the moon reader + but basicaly what these apps do is turn pdf and epub books into audio books. If your books are not in the right format you can use calibre to convert them. I don't use the moon reader app but I do use the voice dream app and the voices are quite realistic and you cand also purchase addtional apps with more voices ( children's voices are available which are .99 each I think the app was 3.99.) The best thing that I have found about the voice dream app is not only does it read the document for you but it also highlights the words in yellow so that you can follow along.

The only problem that I have found because my older son struggled with reading is that you can not purchase the app for kindle fire which he has so we are planning to purchase him a inexpensive touch screen ereader like the ematic e glide 2 walmart(69.99) or something similar that accepts the amazon app store so we can upload for him. You can also convert text book assingments and other things and upload to increase ease for school work.
Hope this helps

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 10:24:44 AM PDT
Renata Senna says:
Thank you D. Clapper I will look into those apps.
When children are young many of the books meant for them are sold with audio (first cassettes now cds), even schools carry them for children to learn how to read. I was asking about the books with audio simply because these should be offered to people of all ages and all readings levels. Just because my son understands and reads better when he has the audio with the physical book does not mean he should be reading poky little puppy for the rest of his life. But because of people thinking that eBooks are only for "regular readers" is the reason that a simple and available technology is not an option for people like my son.
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