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Baen Books free for blind, dyslexic, paralyzed, or disabled readers

Go to the ReadAssist or Webscription sites to register. However, I cannot find the specific application link on either site. I will try to find out and post back here.
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“Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Baen Books all free for blind, dyslexic, paralyzed, or disabled readers Michelle sez, “Baen Books, a publisher of science fiction, will provide its books to fans who are blind, paralysed, or dyslexic, or are amputees, in electronic form free of charge, effective immediately. Baen Books is making this offer in recognition of Veterans Day, and all our disabled military veterans. Many Baen authors are veterans themselves, using a military setting as the setting of their tales. Right now convalescing vets might welcome an exciting, fast-action tale to pass the time.”

Since 1999, Baen has published its new books as ebooks each month, in several formats, with no Digital Rights Management, through WebScriptions (www.webscriptions.net), for a small fee. Now, this service will be available at no cost to the disabled, who must apply for this privilege.

Applications will be processed by ReadAssist

a volunteer group devoted to helping disabled readers find the books they want in the form they need, and join the community of fandom. The application form has been set up by ReadAssist, and can be found through either WebScriptions or ReadAssist.

ReadAssist

contains links to items which will assist in giving a computer its orders, turning pages of paper books, getting text from the computer screen to the brain, or anything else that might aid those with impaired dexterity or impaired vision. Check out the links to sources of e-books and audio books too, under eAvailable Books. And don’t forget public libraries; librarians want everyone to read.

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