Listening Books – Free resource | Dyslexia UK

Listening Books – Free resource

January 29, 2024 Keir Williams Comments Off

Many people with dyslexia have difficulties reading text. This might mean that they read slowly, or not fluently. As the process of reading is not automatic, they have to focus and concentrate on what they are reading, which means that they have less ability to also focus upon the content of what they are reading. This frequently means that they cannot remember or understand what they are reading. This not only makes reading a less enjoyable activity, but also means that they miss out of the unlocking of the world of stories and knowledge that their peers can access in books.

There are several companies that provide audio books.

  1. Audible, owned by Amazon has a huge library of books available to download and listen to for a monthly subscription. There are other, similar companies that offer audio books for a fee.
  2. A cheaper, free alternative if via local libraries. These usually have audio books on CD that can be borrowed, or many also offer free audiobooks to borrow via the Libby app. However the availability of books are limited in number.
  3. A further repository of audiobooks is via Listening Books. Listening Books is a national charity providing an audiobook lending service for anyone who finds that reading or holding books is impacted by a print impairment (such as an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition). Listening Books have over 9,000 audiobooks available and support the National Curriculum by providing audio versions of set texts, study guides and revision aids, many of which are unavailable anywhere else. Members can borrow titles in three easily accessible ways:
  • Sent directly through the post on mp3 CD with no postage costs or late fees
  • Downloaded to an app available for smartphones and tablets
  • Streamed online

A free membership covers all options, so members can choose what works best for them. Please be advised that Listening Books is a charity so there are no hidden costs involved in the free memberships!

4. Similar to Listening Books, Calibre is a national charity providing a collection of over 14,500 free audiobooks for people in the UK living with a print disability to borrow for free. Every day they send out 1,500 books to their members.

Most of the above organisations allow you to listen by either streaming or downloading audio books:

  • Listening via Streaming

Audiobooks can be streamed directly from the providers website, so you can listen to what you want, when you want. Browse the providers online library and add your chosen audiobooks to your streaming booklist.

  • Listening via Downloads

Audiobooks can be downloaded via apps directly to your device.

– The Dolphin EasyReader app, is a free app available for both iOS and Android. Once you have downloaded the app, books can then be downloaded and listened to offline – what you want, when you want.

– Libby, by Overdrive, is another free app available for both iOS and Android. Once downloaded, you can start browsing the more than 9,000 titles available here. New titles are added every month.

To read more about e-books, click here

For free, online books, read this post

To learn the key terms in reading, read this:

To discuss your concerns with a dyslexia assessor, please click here