Publishers and Alternative Media Libraries

Association of American Publishers

Higher Education Publishing

Offers resources and contact list of publishers that includes information on subsidiary publishing companies as well as main publishing houses. List provided courtesy of the High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges.

Digital Policy / Ebook Project

The latest developments in Ebooks.

Alternate Media Libraries

These libraries have many books already in alternate format .They include traditional suppliers such as RFB&D as well as many new resources. Look for new formats, such as DAISY (which is bookmarkable and searchable), in additional to the traditional text, HTML, Braille, and audio.

RFB&D

Institutional Memberships are available. Find titles through the website or inquire by phone (800-221-4792.)

RFB&D's DAISY formats are AudioPlus and RFB&D's AudioPlus Text™. RFB&D's AudioPlus, which is now available to RFB&D members, combines the digitally recorded textbook with embedded information about the book's structure for navigation - a digital "table of contents" - to enable you to navigate more easily through the book's different parts.

RFB&D's AudioPlus Text, which will debut in the future, will contain the audio recording, the digital table of contents and the book's full text synchronized with the audio. In practical terms, RFB&D members who have a learning disability may want to see the text displayed while listening to the audio.

RFB&D will continue to provide books on four-track cassettes, now known as RFB&D's Classic Cassettes™, as long as there is sufficient demand for them.

RFB&D also sells the DAISY software and hardware players: purchase these from them if you will need to playback RFB&D's AudioPlus books, because they are equipped to enter the PIN numbers to open RFB&D's books.

AMX Database

Managed by the High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges, participation in the AMX Database is based on reciprocity - educational institutions must agree to the "terms of use" before using the system. The AMX database is intended to reduce the workload of colleges and universities producing materials in alternate formats and provide enhanced access to instructional materials in alternate formats for use by students with verified print disabilities. The AMX Database is available to the California Community Colleges and other institutions of higher education within the United States. The database contains information about what type of alternate formats are available and contact information for how to obtain the book. You may also want to consider joining the

Bookshare.org

Bookshare.org offers two ways for your school or group to provide books to students. Your institution can manage full access accounts for students to self-mange or can purchase a pre-set number of books to download and deliver directly to the qualified students or other individuals signed up under the Account.

Books and periodicals from Bookshare.org contain the full text of the publication (not pre-recorded audio) that can be read with the adaptive technology of the reader's choice. A talking software application (Victorsoft Daisy Reader) is included with membership, providing members with one option for reading the books. The publications are also available in contracted digital Braille.

LOUIS

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) currently houses a database called the Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Louis contains information about tens of thousands of titles of accessible materials, including Braille, large print, sound recordings, and computer files from over 170 agencies throughout the United States.

You can access Louis in multiple ways, through the webpage or call, e-mail, or fax the information to be searched.
Phone: 800-223-1839
E-mail: resource@aph.org
Fax: 502-899-2363

APH Resource Services will be happy to assist you in your search! To help facilitate your request, please have the ISBN, title, author, publisher and copyright year of the titles you are seeking. If you are looking for a test, please have the level and form. Please use fax or e-mail if you are looking for over five titles.

Listings of Alternate Media Resources

A listing of places to look for alternate format sources:

Outsourcing Alternate Textbook Production

A costly, yet sometimes necessary alternative, that is especially useful if producing your own version would be difficult due to the content of the book or time constrictions. Consider outsourcing for math and science if you are new to e-text production.

American Printing House for the Blind

Braille Jymico Inc.

Can produce scientific Braille (Nemeth code), tactile graphics, literary, or music Braille production.

Bookshare.org's BrailleBooks

Embossed Braille books from the Bookshare.org collection are available through Bookshare.org in partnership with the Braille Press of Braille Institute of America.

Goodfeel's Braille Music Transcription Service

Send your print score, Lime, MusicXML or MIDI file. Dancing Dots will use GOODFEEL to convert these files to music braille.

National Braille Press

NBP is a nonprofit Braille printing and publishing house established in 1927 and is one of the world's leading producers of Braille.

Quikscribe

Can produce materials either from hard-copy print or from files produced in a variety of word-processing formats, including WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, and ASCII text files. Quikscribe does not transcribe math, languages or musical notation.