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Answered By: Sara Stambaugh, Digital Services Librarian Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016 Views: 402
Audio versions of eTextbooks are sometimes available. Below are the primary options for gaining accessing to audio versions for your eTextbooks.
For VitalSource eTextbooks:
- Text to Speech within the Windows operating system: https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/201964243-Windows-Text-to-Speech
- Have a VitalSource textbook and an Apple iOS device? https://support.vitalsource.com/hc/en-us/articles/201941357-Use-VoiceOver-or-Speech-to-have-your-books-read-to-you-on-iOS
Not a VitalSourcee textbook? To find out if there is an audio-version of your eTextbook available from the publisher, do a Google search for the title of your textbook and the name of the publisher. Typically, you can find a listing of supplements and/or related products or materials on the homepage for the textbook itself. If there is an audio version available, you could contact the publisher regarding costs.
Finally, if no audio available, there are additional options for those who have medically documented disabilities. If a student goes through the accommodations officer at his or her campus, it is frequently possible for that accommodations officer, with the proper formal and approved documentation, to get a text file of the textbook from the publishing company. The text file can then be read aloud by a text reader that the student already has (there are free text readers online).