Digital Talking Books
Spoken & Recorded books are renewed for a digital generation
This is an active project.
When completed, about 200 Titles, or Talking Books, will be made available to Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
The Digital Talking Books were specifically developed to play on a specialized players for the blind.
These books are unique to Maryland history. Topic include colonial history, Chesapeake Bay, oystermen & railroads.
Selected Titles include:
Ghost & Haunted House in Maryland,
Women in the Wheelhouse
Rockets Red Glare: Martine Defense of Baltimore
Harvesting the Chesapeake: Tools and Tradition
Chestertown Tea Party
Annapolis: A Walk Thru History
The Fountain Of Highlandtown
Antietam: A Novel
Historic Bridges Of Maryland
Being A Father
and many more ...
In the past, a reader would enter into a recording both sealed off from outside noises and distractions; speak into a recording device. Whether the reader would be an author, professional reader, or a library volunteer, the manuscript would be spoken and the voice eletronically captured onto audio tape.
As pictured on the left, libraries distributed audio cassette tapes in colored plastic containers that could hold up to 4 tapes. Each container made it possible for non-sighted person to connect with another world.
While the National Library System still has audio cassettes available, digital Talking Book Readers are replacing older technology.
FYI: Each audio cassette side represents up to 90 minutes of spoken audio. We had about 750 audio cassette sides with the possbility of 4 sides squeezed onto the same cassette tape.
The project is sponsored by the Friends of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.