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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Popular Magazines on Tape, Large Print and MP3

The following are some sources for a variety of popular magazines on cassette tape, large print or available as MP3 downloads:

  1. Associated Services for the Blind:

    They carry subscriptions to many magazines on tape including: Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Discover Magazine, HARVARD MEN'S HEALTH WATCH, Family Circle Magazine, Monthly Time magazine, SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, PC World Magazine, Gardening How-To Magazine, and more...They also have subscriptions to a number of periodicals.

    Associated Services for the Blind
    919 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Phone: (215) 627-0600
    Fax: (215) 922-0692

  2. The National Library Service for the Blind:

    They make available books and magazines in accessible media, including tape.
    Some of their magazine titles include: Discover: The World of Science, National Geographic, and Smart Computing.
    These magazines are available at no charge through cooperating libraries to persons who are unable to read or handle conventional print materials because of visual or physical impairment. To be eligible, a person must be a resident of the United States or an American citizen living abroad.
    Their catalog also carries a large variety of books.

    National Library Service for the Blind
    Phone: (202) 707-5100
    TDD: (202) 707-0744
    FAX: (202) 707-0712

  3. Choice Magazine Listening:

    This magazine presents an anthology of unabridged articles, poetry, and fiction selected from 100 magazines such as The Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Smithsonian; occasionally it includes materials from other media sources. Choice Magazine Listening is free and available on a bimonthly basis.

    Choice Magazine Listening
    85 Channel Dr.
    Port Washington, NY 11050 USA
    Phone: (516) 883-8280
    Fax: (516) 944-6849 Helen Keller reading a braille Reader's Digest

  4. The American Printing House for the Blind:

    APH is proud to offer free downloadable Reader's Digest® and Newsweek® as an option to our subscribers and patrons of the National Library Service (NLS). If you are not a patron, visit the NLS website at and follow the instructions. There is no charge for this service.

    To download magazines in Digital Talking Book (DTB) format visit and follow the Download Magazines link for quick facts and details on how to register.

    American Printing House for the Blind 1839 Frankfort Ave.
    Louisville, KY 40206
    Phone: 800-223-1839
    Fax: 502-899-2363
  5. The New York Times Large Type Weekly

    If you or someone you know has trouble reading the newspaper, discover The New York Times Large Print Weekly. It brings you the world as only The Times can deliver it -- the best stories from a week's worth of the nation's best newspaper. Printed in easy-to-read, 16-point type, you get world and national news, articles on health, business, the arts, sports, and, of course, the celebrated New York Times crossword puzzle.

    Click this link to subscribe to The New York Times Large Type Weekly.

  6. The New York Times Audio Digest from

    On the road. At the gym. Listen to the daily audio digest of The New York Times anywhere. The New York Times Audio Digest is delivered right to your computer, Apple iPod, Pocket PC or MP3 Player everyday at 6:00 in the morning. Audible has thousands of audiobooks, audio subscriptions, original programming and more. Join now and get a free MP3 player!

    Click this link to visit the subscription page for The New York Times Audio Digest.

  7. Reader's Digest: Large Print Edition

    The Reader's Digest offers a large print edition. Contact them at:

    Reader's Digest
    Large Edition For Easier Reading Kable News
    4279 W. Rte. 64
    Mount Morris, IL 61054
    Toll Free: 800-678-9746 between 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM

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