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November 2003

Government Publications on Audiobooks

Our collection of Library of Congress documents describes the development of talking books for a blind and handicapped audience.

Answering the Call: Telephone Pioneer Talking-Book Machine-Repair Program 1960–1993
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1994
P.D. LC19.2: An 8.
The volunteer group Telephone Pioneers of America has repaired over 1.6 million talking book machines in libraries nationwide. This book tells their story.

The Art and Science of Audio Book Production
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1995
P.D. LC19.2: AR 7
Producing a talking book title is a collaborative process, from the narrator who reads the text to the sound engineer who captures the words on tape.

Digital Talking Books: Planning for the Future
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1998
P.D. LC19.2: D 56
Plans are underway for the next generation of talking books, using digital technology. A 2002 progress report (Progress to Date, LC 19.2: D56/2) gives an update.

For Young Readers
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2002
P.D. LC19.11/2: 2000-1
Braille and talking books for young readers from the Library of Congress.

Libros en Español
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2001
P.D. LC19.11/4: 994-2000/SPAN.
Talking books and Braille titles in Spanish.

R is for Reading
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1985
P.D. LC 19.2: R22/7
Do audio books make a difference in peoples’ lives? The answer, as compiled by the Library of Congress’s Library Service to Blind & Physically Handicapped Children, is “yes.”

Romance and Love Stories
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1996
P.D. LC 19.11: R 66/2
This is an annotated guide to popular romance and love talking books. The narrator gets even billing with the author for these tapes.