Learning Ally Free Audio Books Online

Educational Assistance for Blind and Dyslexic Students

Learning Ally Free Audio Books Online for Blind & Dyslexic Students
Learning Ally's library of over 65,000 digital audio textbooks is an invaluable resource for readers who struggle to read standard print, whether due to a visual impairment or learning disability. Learning Ally

Learning Ally records and distributes digital audiobooks, with an emphasis on educational texts, to those unable to read standard print due to a visual impairment or learning disability.

The Princeton-NJ based non-profit has a ​repository of over 80,000 audiobooks that members can download and listen to on both mainstream and specialized playback devices. A network of thousands of volunteer readers record texts for all educational levels.

Grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and private donations, fund Learning Ally.

Learning Ally Began as Recording for the Blind

Learning Ally was founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind (RFB). The organization’s first mission was to help blind World War II veterans attending college on the GI Bill.

Increased use of learning disabled students prompted the 1995 name change to Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D). In April 2011, RFB&D became Learning Ally to reflect the use of its resources by students with more diverse learning differences.

Over 75 percent of Learning Ally’s members are learning disabled.

How to Access and Play Learning Ally Audiobooks

Learning Ally is a membership organization. After joining, members can download audio books and play them from a number of devices, including a Windows, Mac, or mobile device. Also supported are digital playback devices like the Victor Reader Stream.

From a computer, you can browse through the audio books by category (like recently added, great starts, public domain books, and VOICEtext), subject (e.g. art, Bibles, antiques and collectibles, biography and autobiography), grades 1-12, and by Lexile level.

Learning Ally books come in three formats:

  1. Downloadable DAISY: DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a set of standards for recording digital talking books structured for easy navigation among sections. You can listen to a Downloadable DAISY book on a PC or Mac running Learning Ally software, an Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with the Learning Ally app, and digital players such as the Victor Reader Stream.
  2. DAISY CD-ROM: You can listen to a DAISY CD-ROM on a PC or Mac running Learning Ally software or a specialized CD player like the PlexTalk PTR2 player/recorder.
  3. Downloadable WMA (Windows Media Audio): You can listen to downloadable WMA files on a PC, MP3 player, Phillips GoGear Vibe and other devices.
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