Definition of talking book in English:

talking book


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

    • ‘Currently, materials are available in Braille or by listening to talking books on audio playback machines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patrons can access large print books, talking books, audio and video recordings and use the internet in addition to journals and media.’
    • ‘But talking books are my biggest way of ‘reading’ at the moment.’
    • ‘He's done some charity work, painting plant pots and recording talking books for the blind.’
    • ‘She now volunteers at St Andrews University, editing talking books for the blind and produces pamphlets for the local church.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The equipment, which includes talking books, has a small keyboard and also provides connections to allow the use of a patient's laptop computer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lady Glenconner also spoke to her on Wednesday, the day of Arthur's party: ‘I came in and she had a talking book on.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Soon we hope to have talking books read out for an hour every day.’’
    • ‘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.’


talking book

/ˌtôkiNG ˈbo͝ok/