Malta Society of the Blind

Entertainment

These days, we all basically have to stay indoors and have less opportunities to meet our friends and even sometimes our families, so we have tried to cushion the situation a little bit by providing you some links  for your entertainment in the following categories:

Audio Books / eBooks / Talking Books - require library membership


Audio book is a general term for a book that you listen to, usually narrated by a real person. Audio books are sometimes also called "talking books" (written with lower case t and b) or spoken word books. 
eBooks can be read using "text-to-speech". In this case, the devices/computers and eBook readers read out the text on screen. eBooks are available through various services.
Talking Books (with a capital T and B) is the name of a service that provides audio books on USB stick (pen drive).


Malta Libraries


In order to make use of our services you must first become a member of Malta Libraries. Membership is free to everyone!

1. Fill in the online registration form.

You will then receive your membership card by post for safekeeping, and all the necessary information via email too.
Once you're a member, you can start downloading eBooks, Audiobooks and Magazines too.

2. Download the Libby Reading App on your preferred device (as explained below).
3. Log in by typing 20201 + membership card number as well as your password.

Here is another link to the Online eBook Service Catalogue from where you can also sign in.

You can borrow up to 3 eBooks/Audiobooks/Magazines for a standard loan period of 3 weeks!


Talking Book Service



Aside from all this, Malta Libraries also offer the Talking Book Service. This is an Audiobook service on pen drives. The material is recorded in English and in Maltese. If you sign up for this service (which is also free) you will be able to select titles from a catalog and have the pen drives sent to you for free via post.

If you would like to learn more about this service please get in touch with Mr. Leone Sciberras via telephone on +356 225983529 or via email at leone.sciberras@gov.mt 

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Rakuten OverDrive>

Rakuten OverDrive

This site / app provides a list of international libraries which you can select from. In order to use the library service, you need to be registered with the respective library. If the respective library has a subscription to OverDrive and you are a member of that library, this is a very good site to find free audio books in various genres.

Malta Libraries are subscribed to OverDrive and membership is free of charge.

You may borrow audio books in the same way as you would do with a physical library book, and you will return them at the end of the given period. You can even do all that from Libby, the mobile app.

Besides free audiobooks, OverDrive also has free eBooks, movies, and music. 


App for OverDrive


Libby, the mobile app from Overdrive, is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

Audio Books / eBooks


An audio book is a general term for a book that you would listen to, usually narrated by a real person. Audio books are sometimes also called "talking books" or spoken word books.
eBooks can be read using "text-to-speech". In this case, the devices/computers and eBook readers read out the text on screen.

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LibriVox

LibriVox

LibriVox has a vast selection of free audio books that are in the public domain in the USA.
Note: If you are not in the USA, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.

You can search by title, author, genre/subject, or language. You can browse the entire catalog, view only the most recent, and subscribe to new releases as podcasts. On each book's description page, you can read more about it and you may Listen to the chapters individually (you might be required to refresh the page in the browser), or you can Download the entire book as a ZIP file.


App for LibriVox


LibriVox is also available as an app for iOS and Android devices, which allows you to either download or stream the books to your device.

Loyal Books

Loyal Books

Loyal Books offers a broad selection of free audio books that are in the public domain. The offer from this site might basically be the same as on other sites offering public domain books.

You can find books by categories, title, author, language etc. Listen to the books either directly online from their website, or Download individual chapters or the entire book as a ZIP file.


App for Loyal Books


Loyal Books is also available as an app for iOS and Android devices, which allows you to either download or stream the books to your device.

Storykmory

Storynory

Storynory is a great site for kids with weekly new audio books just for children, including original stories, fairy tales, classic stories, educational books, and some short stories for very young kids.

You can download audio books, listen to the audio stream directly from the website, or subscribe through iTunes or a similar podcasting service.


No app for Storynory


Music


Listen to music of your liking, free and legally.

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Internet Archive's Audio Archive

Internet Archive's Audio Archive

Internet Archive's Audio Archive has millions of free downloads for music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and a Live Music Archive.

You can sort by most viewed items, title, date published, or creator, and you can filter the results by media type (concerts, audio, etc.), genre (e.g. rock or funk), language, and more. Besides that, you can search for specific keywords.

In the Download Options of every download page there are usually multiple file formats for downloading, like MP3 and OGG.  

No app for Internet Archive's Audio Archive


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