Definition of talking book in English:

talking book

noun

  • A recorded reading of a book, originally designed for use by blind people.

    • ‘He said: ‘Soon we hope to have talking books read out for an hour every day.’’
    • ‘Through her tireless energy, the blind of half a continent are now served from Grahamstown with books in Braille and moon type and talking books.’
    • ‘Services on offer also include internet access, talking books, videos, audio cassettes and software.’
    • ‘I'm a firm believer in talking books at bedtime and babies being read to in the womb.’
    • ‘The equipment, which includes talking books, has a small keyboard and also provides connections to allow the use of a patient's laptop computer.’
    • ‘But talking books are my biggest way of ‘reading’ at the moment.’
    • ‘Listen to calm music, a relaxation tape or CD, or a talking book, and allow your mind to take a break as well as your body.’
    • ‘Patrons can access large print books, talking books, audio and video recordings and use the internet in addition to journals and media.’
    • ‘Overdue books, talking books and CDs (but not DVDs and videos) which are returned to any library during normal opening hours will not be subject to charges.’
    • ‘The software, dubbed Laureate, will work in conjunction with EasePublisher, an application that converts plain text to electronically navigable books, to create talking books and magazines.’
    • ‘I propose that rehabilitation aids such as talking books, Braille computer terminals, Braille writers and typewriters, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants and stair lifts be fully exempt from customs duty.’
    • ‘The library is a wonderland of books, tapes, talking books and computers and is also a marvellous place to browse or just sit and read the paper.’
    • ‘There are about 3,000 members who every month borrow about 5,000 items mainly books but also talking books on tape, films and educational programmes on video and DVD.’
    • ‘She now volunteers at St Andrews University, editing talking books for the blind and produces pamphlets for the local church.’
    • ‘They needed to ensure that the space would meet the needs of users and that the modern developments in technology, including talking books and internet access, would be provided.’
    • ‘Once a devotee of printed fiction, Betty Clayson, 82, who has been using the library for about 20 years, soon switched her allegiance to talking books.’
    • ‘Lady Glenconner also spoke to her on Wednesday, the day of Arthur's party: ‘I came in and she had a talking book on.’’
    • ‘Individuals with blindness can use screen readers to access electronic versions of print sources instantly instead of having to wait for a talking book, Braille conversion of text or similar alternate format ‘translation.’’
    • ‘He's done some charity work, painting plant pots and recording talking books for the blind.’
    • ‘Currently, materials are available in Braille or by listening to talking books on audio playback machines.’