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Talking books and Speech synthesizers

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Talking books

About talking books

What are talking books?

A talking book is a recorded narrated version of a published book. It is intended for people with different types of reading impairments. You can listen to fiction, non-fiction and academic literature. 

Is there any difference between audiobooks and talking books?

Yes, there is a technical and a legal difference. Talking books are intented for people with a permanent or temporary reading impairment. They are produced with public funds and in accordance with Section 17 of the Copyright act. 

An audiobook is a commercial product and can be borrowed or purchased by anyone.

Who can read talking books?

Anyone with a reading impairment can borrow and use talking books. A reading impairment means that you have difficulties reading printed text. You do not need a diagnosis or show any sort of documentation of your reading impairment to get access to talking books.

Examples of different sorts of reading impairments:

  • Visual impairment
  • Physical impaiment
  • Mental impairment
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Cognitive functional disabilities, such as autism and ADHD
  • Anxiety and/or stress related difficulties 

How do I read talking books?

You download the talking books from the digital library Legimus. You register for an account here at the library. Legimus is easy to use, but you are always welcome to contact us if you have questions.

Different ways of reading talking books:

You can read on your computer and on your phone or tablet. 

Reading alternatives

Many students choose to use the Legimus app to read on the go. The app is free of charge and available for Apple iOS and Android devices. 

With the app you can:

  • Navigate between headings and pages
  • Create bookmarks
  • Change reading speed
  • Change text size, colours and font

As a student with a Legimus account you can download a software digital player free of charge. EasyReader is available for both PC and Mac. Read more about EasyReader here.

With the software digital players you can:

  • Download books directly from Legimus
  • Create bookmarks
  • Adjust reading speed
  • Change text size, font and colours


On the you can listen to talking books through the web player.

Is your course book missing in Legimus?

If you can't find your course literature in Legimus, please contact the library. We can order a recording for you, as long as the book is mandatory course literature. It can take up to 8 weeks to record a book - make it a habit to go through your literature lists as soon as you get access to them.


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