Here are two online libraries that offer incredibly vast collections of accessible, downloadable reading material designed for individuals with dyslexia and learning disabilities. When coupled with a PC, iPod, iPhone, or Pad, the specialized software provided by each site gives users access to practically limitless audiobooks anytime, anywhere.


Bookshare is the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials—including books, textbooks, newspapers, and magazines—for people with print disabilities. Its screen reader-compatible search features allow members to find accessible titles and download them onto their personal computers, with no limits placed on the number of titles accessed monthly. Membership is free for qualifying U.S. students with print disabilities and for U.S. schools; other individual users may access Bookshare by paying a $25 sign-up fee and $50 per annum for their membership. Membership includes a free version of Don Johnston’s READ:OutLoud Bookshare Edition for playing DAISY digital books with compatible audio devices. Bookshare also gives users the option to read books in a browser with a screen reader, or to listen to them on an mp3 player. Users with visual impairments can create hard copy Braille books with a Braille embosser by downloading DAISY files and using them with Braille translation software.


LearningAlly offers a collection of over 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles for individuals with blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, and/or learning disabilities. By joining the site, users are able to browse, sample, and order up to 100 audiobooks per month in DAISY or Windows Media Audio format. Individual memberships are free, and include ReadHear software compatible with Mac and PC; school memberships are available for $450 per annum. LearningAlly also offers members access to its RFB&D audio application for a one-time fee of $19.99, allowing them to play audiobooks using iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Additionally, users have the option of purchasing supplementary DAISY software and playback devices ($345-895, depending on items selected).