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Free Materials for the Visually Impaired

posted Nov 21, 2013, 8:33 AM by Mary Lopez   [ updated Nov 21, 2013, 8:36 AM ]

Free Materials for the Visually Impaired

Who we are

Choice Magazine Listening (CML) is a free audio anthology for a special audience of blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or dyslexic subscribers. CML was created in 1962 by the non-profit Lucerna Fund to offer the best of contemporary magazine writing, completely without charge, to adults unable to read standard print.

What We Do

CML selects and records memorable writing from approximately 100 leading magazines. Every other month, this unique, free service offers its subscribers eight hours of outstanding unabridged articles, fiction and poetry read by professional voices and recorded on four-track cassette tapes. 

New! CML is also available on the new digital Talking Book cartridges, playable on the free digital player from the Library of Congress. Please call for details: 1-888-7-CHOICE (1-888-724-6423)

The required four-track player is provided free of charge by the Library of Congress through its Talking Book program, which is available to those who are unable to read because of visual or physical handicap. If you don't have a four-track player, we can help you obtain one.

In addition to four-track tapes, Choice  Magazine Listening is also available to download, free of charge, onto your computer through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS). The new digital talking book machines, which you will need in order to listen to the downloaded material, are being distributed by the NLS. To find out more, go to and click on "BARD Application Instructions."