Reading Materials & News 




Talking Book and Braille Library – New York State

FREE books and magazines are available to download or receive by mail, in various formats, for individuals who are blind/legally blind or print handicapped.

For information and/or an application call, 1-800-342-3688 or visit their website.


Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Resources for the blind and visually impaired include:  Braille, large print books, Kurzweil Reading Machine, Voyager Electronic Magnifier, and a Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service receiver.

Descriptive Video Rentals.  Describes movies for people who are blind or have low vision.


Learning Ally

(formerly known as Recordings for the Blind-RFB&D)

Offers recorded textbooks in digital format.    Membership and fees apply.


“Read This To Me”

ReadThisToMe is a service that provides the opportunity to have printed documents read over the phone free of charge.   This service requires access to a phone and fax machine.


Audio Catalog Reading

Home Readers record and mail audio catalogues free of charge.

Formats include 4-track cassette, MP3, Daisy books, & digital audio downloads

Approximately thirty catalogers participate including; Avon, Blair, Chef’s Catalog, Collectors Choice, Doctors Foster and Smith, Figi’s, Lands’ End, Miles Kimball, Puritan’s Pride, Schwan’s Foods, and Vermont Country Store. 1-877-814-7323 or 1-913-893-4000


Screen Reading Software

Thunder is an award-winning free screen reader talking software for people with little or no sight.  Computer experience is necessary.  It works well with Windows 7, Vista or XP.


Volunteer Braille Group

Local volunteers will Braille printed material.  Some subjects available from their loan library.  716-689-1560.


Choice Magazine Listening

Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio anthology offering the best of contemporary magazine writing to those unable to read standard print. 1-888-724-6423 or


Large Print Books and Magazines

Found in most public libraries

Large Print Reader’s Digest  1-800-310-2181—Large-Print-Edition/Welcome

Amazon offers a variety of large print and downloadable options


Descriptive Video Services

Audibly descriptive movies and television programs for people who are blind or have low vision. 1-617-300-3600


“Free Matter” for the Blind

Specific materials and equipment may be mailed free matter for the blind.

You must have certification of disability and register with your local post office.


Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service

Daily readings of printed material such as newspapers, magazines and books for print- handicapped individuals.

A special receiver is needed to obtain this service. 716-821-5555


Free Service to those who cannot read regular newsprint.

Over 300 Newspapers and 35 magazines are available.  Subscribers can now access local television listings.



Disability News and Views Radio

A radio program that provides information on all types of disabilities and related topics.



Bible Cassettes

Free set of audio Bible cassettes and Bible studies available in choice of language.



Audio Bibles for the Blind

Audio Bibles for the Blind is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity and we are only supported by the gracious financial support of those who partner with us in ministry.  Audio Bibles for the blind offers many different options, formats, versions, & titles to choose from.  Some options are COMPLETELY FREE of any cost (with certification of impairment), while other items are at the manufacture’s cost and we ask for a donation to help us cover our costs.  Monday – Thursday  9 am – 5 pm EST    Phone: (941) 748-3031   Fax: (941) 748-6137  Mailing Address:  Audio Bibles for the Blind, 12108 10th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34212  Or email:


AFB book list / suggested reading

Whether you enjoy reading during your travels/commute or kicking back in your favorite lawn chair, hammock or easy chair, anytime is a great time to just chill with a good story.  In June 2016 AFB released a list of books specific to blindness, both fiction and non-fiction. Most of the books listed are available via the National Talking Book Library Services (and hopefully BARD). Take a look and enjoy or be inspired!!!!