Blind vs. mainstream distros

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Sun Apr 30 11:13:53 UTC 2017

Tony Baechler here.

I think you're looking at this the wrong way. Producing an audiobook is 
easy. Even if a company had to be hired, it wouldn't cost too much. Oh, it 
wouldn't be cheap, but I don't think it would be outrageously expensive 
either. Amazon owns Audible and ACX who produces them. You could hire an NLS 
narrator to work freelance. The problem is getting the printed book written. 
Even if it's only sold as audio, the reader needs a printed source to work 
from. Of course you could produce a Braille master and hire a blind narrator.

In the past, NLS hasn't touched Linux and their computer books are very out 
of date, so I wouldn't count on them. You could try Learning Ally, but I'm 
sure they wouldn't be free and would probably want to be the sole 
distributor. Didn't the NFB have a talking book studio at one time? If you 
could convince the ACB that it would be in their best interest to fund it 
and would help a potentially large amount of the blind population, they 
might at least promote it.

On 4/29/2017 7:22 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> On a related note, is there any non-profit/government agency that
> deals with making audiobooks that might could be talked into
> converting such a ""Linux for (blind) newbies" into an audiobook? A
> braille edition should exist for completeness sake and because audio
> isn't viable for the blind deaf, but I would think the audio version
> would be usable by a greater number since it wouldn't require the
> audience to have special skills going in.

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