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Mar 19

Free Accessible Audio Information Sources

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 9:09 AM by Michael Lang

These FREE accessible audio news services are available to all registered Kansas Talking Books patrons. If you’re not using them yet, consider giving them a try.

Audio-Reader Network
The Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. We read daily newspapers, magazines and best-selling books. Services are offered free of charge to qualifying individual in our listening area.

Telephone Reader: No internet connection needed. Touchtone phone required. The Lions Telephone Reader is an on-demand dial-up information system that allows listeners to access recordings over the telephone. To try a six-minute Telephone Reader demo, call 1-800-335-1221 and enter code 5887.

Online: Listen to Audio-Reader's Radio Reading Service live stream or previous Audio Reader programming on-demand! The digital archive contains everything that was read over the air in the last year, saved on our servers and ready to be listened to once again.

Amazon Alexa: Listen to online programming via the Alexa Audio-Reader skill.

Radio Reading: Audio-Reader's radio broadcast is available 24 hours a day online and via a specially tuned radio that is loaned free of charge to all eligible individuals.

For more information visit Audio-Reader online or call 1-800-772-8898 or 1-785-864-4600.  Apply Online

A world of information at your finger tips

NFB-NEWSLINE®, a free audio information service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled. NFB-NEWSLINE offers over five hundred publications to choose from, including thirteen national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, thirty-four breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC, and ESPN Online, fourteen international papers, countless state newspapers, as well as ninety magazines! NFB-NEWSLINE also has TV listings, job listings, retail ads, and localized weather alerts.

NFB-NEWSLINE’s wide array of publications and announcements can be accessed anytime you choose, on your schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are a variety of ways to access:

  • Touch-tone telephone: Create your own favorites list, skip articles or sections, and repeat items you wish to re-read
  • Website: Easily navigate and search every available publication
  • Amazon Alexa: Use dozens of voice commands to navigate to sections and articles that interest you
  • On Demand emails: news, customized job listings, and information directly to your inbox
  • Portable players: Easily navigate sections and articles with the use of DAISY-standard formatting
  • iPhone, iPad or iPod with the iOS mobile app
To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE and how you can sign up, visit or call (866)504-7300. Apply for service.