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Amazon Kindle 2 for blind and visually impaired: Will Amazon Kindle 2 work for persons who are blind and visually impaired?

Amazon Kindle 2 for blind and visually impaired: Will Amazon Kindle 2 work for persons who are blind and visually impaired? Check out this post for more info:

Library Camp Kansas was a huge success!

Yes, Library Camp Kansas was a huge success. For links to more blogs, photos, etc., check out

Hope to see you all there next year!

-Talking Books Librarian

Download a free book.... but hurry!

Yup, you can download a free book! But hurry, you must download it before 8 Eastern/7 Central time today (February 14)! I posted about it in my blog at

Happy Reading!

P.S. Thanks Oprah!

New Google toolbar adds accessible features

Have you seen one of the latest posts on the Google blog by Jonas Klink? The post is titled New toolbar adds accessible features. Check it out at

It talks about the new Google Toolbar version 5 and states, "This release adds support for Windows Accessibility APIs (used by screen readers, etc.) and enables keyboard navigation and access. From inside a browser with Toolbar installed, the global shortcut Alt+G places your cursor in the Google Toolbar search box. If you're using a screen reader, you'll hear "Google Toolbar Search". Pressing the Tab key brings keyboard focus to the button placed immediately after the search box, and right and left arrow keys move focus between buttons. More information on keyboard access is documented in the Toolbar Help Center (query 'accessibility').Version 5 comes as a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance accessibility in our client-side and web applications..."

Is anyone out there using this toolbar? If so, feel free to add your comments and experiences with it here!

Free Software - Giveaway of the Day and Game Giveaway of the Day

Are you interested in getting free licensed computer software? Then check out Giveaway of the Day at and Game Giveaway of the Day at Each day they offer free software to download, with a different title each day. Be sure to bookmark these sites, as you'll want to remember to check them each day to see what new goodies they are offering! On the sites, you can also see reviews by users of the software, which can be very useful in deciding whether to download the software. Looking briefly at some of the titles that have been available for download, it looks like there are a wide variety of worthwhile titles!

***It is important to understand that the free software titles available for download change every day. So if you see a title you want to download, make sure you download it that same day, because in the morning the free software offer will be gone and another title will be there in its place! Happy downloading!

P.S. In case you're wondering, today's free giveway is ImageBadger Deluxe 4.82, which the site states is "a cutting-edge batch processing and image conversion program which supports over 140+ image formats such as JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, ICON, PSD."

Hello from the Talking Books Librarian!

Hi everyone, I am new to blogging here at LIS News. Please feel free to check out my blog, Talking Books Librarian, at

The blog is about Talking Books and other great resources for blind or visually impaired persons. Find out what's happening in the world of libraries and Talking Books! The blog also includes information and resources of importance to educators and older adults, as well as those with disabilities, or those working with people who have disabilities.

I started the blog to help make people more aware of resources available for older adults and those with disabilities, as well as to promote the free Talking Books program by the Library of Congress!

I encourage librarians and educators to become familiar with the resources listed in my blog and share them with others!

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