Talking Books

Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Talking Books is a free library service from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library.  It is available to Wisconsin residents whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.  There is no cost for machines, books, magazines, catalogs or accessories.  They are delivered to your mailbox, doorstep or Post Office box.  People who live outside Wisconsin may contact the National Library Service for the Blind at 1-888-657-7323 to borrow Braille and recorded books.

Talking books are audio books in special format.  They only work with special machines available through this service.  For those who already have the older cassette machines, the Appleton Public Library has a rotating collection of Talking Books on a variety of topics, both fiction and nonfiction.  They may be picked up or dropped off here or mailed back.  The collection is located next to the audio books on cd, on the main floor of the library.

If you or someone you know is unable to read we have the forms to apply for the program.  New applicants receive a digital player and may borrow books in digital form, or download them over the internet.   They are loaned for 60 days.  The number for the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library is 1-800-242-8822, or you may email them at

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