Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

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Posted by athenaroumelis on 4/18/2005 at 12:04 PM

Where can I get Braille books that aren't little kids books? I'm totally blind in my left eye and can't see very well out my right (20/70) but am not eligible to rent Braille books from the Library of Congress. Any ideas? Any Braille books I've found have either been EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE or in Grade II Braille. I have only learned Grade I Braile and have been searching for quite some time. Any ideas??

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Re: Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Lutheran Braille Workers provides free Braille Bibles, Christian devotional materials and specialized Large Print for the visually impaired.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc

PO Box 5000

Yucaipa, Ca 92399



(The information in the original answer in this post has the wrong email address.)

reading braille out loud

Posted by wordsmithing on 2/10/2013 at 7:30 AM

Yes, there are devices that can read braille aloud to those of us with insensitive fingers.

A lot of braille is paperless today. It comes to us as .brf files or in other formats our braille displays can read. We read braille on an increasing number of devices.

Suppose you borrow a .brf file from a library such as the NLS program in the United States. You want to read the book. But your braille reading skills are not up to it yet or your fingers are not sensitive enough to read braille for pleasure.

If you download a book in .brf format, that book will be one you can use on your braille display. But you can also read that book out loud using synthetic speech using OCR products such as Kurzweil 1000 or OpenBook, or specialized PDAs such as HumanWare's Apex or Braillenote. Specialized media players such as the Victor Stream also read .brf files out loud using synthetic speech.

I think there are also some braille translator programs which can import and read .brf files and programs which work on Apple IOS iPhone platforms. Others probably know more about these than I do.

Re: Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by TheBlind.US on 11/17/2012 at 8:31 AM

I wonder if there are an devices that can read braille aloud to those of us with insensitive fingers.

Donald The Blind Webmaster

The US Blind Resource Directory

Re:Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by mk81 on 1/14/2012 at 12:01 AM

like you, i only know grade 1 but, I am using children's books at the moment as a learning tool. http://www.braillebookstore.com/ has grade one options on every book. E-bay can be a good source its hit or miss.

Re:Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by mk81 on 1/13/2012 at 11:53 PM

Well just a thought but, if you are still learning you might want kids books to start with. That said,

ebay has good stuff sometimes its hit or miss. The braille bookstore sells everything they offer with a grade 1 option. http://www.braillebookstore.com/

Re:Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by sportsfan on 8/2/2006 at 6:49 PM

You might want to ask your local commision counsler.

Re:Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by skipper82 on 12/16/2005 at 1:45 AM

I think AFB has provided valuable information. Most of the English Braille books are written in Grade II Braille. However, I know several websites have free electronic books in plain text. If you or someone else had a Braille display, you could read the plain text in Grade I. I am not sure if the Braille bookstore can produce books in grade I or not but it might be worth checking into. Some Braille embossers also offer an option to translate documents in Grade I Braille. I can tell you that electronic Braille files are certainly cheaper than Braille books. I would recommend that you learn Grade II if you feel comfortable with the idea because most books are in Grade II. However, plain text and books that are scanned can provide more flexibility in terms of the type of Braille you use. Grade I Braille does take up a lot of space, and unfortunately, most companies that offer Braille Books use Grade II presumably because it takes up less space. National Braille Press's Porta Books seem cheaper to me than most hard copy books, and books on CD-rom HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE CONVERTED TO Grade I Braille. I hope this information helps.


Re:Where can I buy non-expensive Braille books

Posted by AFBInfo Center on 4/29/2005 at 2:00 PM

The two major sources of Braille books are the National Library Services (which operates as a lending library) and National Braille Press, which is expensive.

Magazines such as Matilda Ziegler and Reader's Digest are available, and the Braille Forum magazine from National Federation of the Blind and there are several sources of Braille Bibles that are free.

But we are not aware of any inexpensive Braille Books for sale. There are Braille Bibles and related materials available free of charge:

Selected Sources of

Braille Bibles Prepared by:

AFB Information Center

Free Material

Braille Bible Foundation

P.O. Box 948307

Maitland, FL 32794-8307

Phone: 800-766-9080

The King James Bible is available from the Braille Bible Foundation in eighteen hard-cover volumes. The Foundation also offers a three-volume brief concordance to the King James Bible. The Foundation is working on a braille edition of the New Testament in the New King James Version, but has not yet announced a release date for that publication. In addition, the Foundation now offers the King James Bible on cassettes and in giant print. The giant print is available in 16-point type (one volume) or 24-point type (three volumes). Proof of legal blindness is required for the cassettes or giant print.

Source: www.afb.org

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