Video is a good alternative to reading. See the Library's Video, Image and Sound page to search a wide range of audio-visual resources.
- Box of Broadcasts is a collection of TV programmes available to all UK based students and staff. You can also request programmes to be recorded.
- TED advertises itself as 'a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers'. Watch TED talks on a huge range of topics.
- Khan Academy started out doing maths videos but their list now includes science, history, computer programming, grammar, art history and finance.
- And, of course, don't forget YouTube, which has plenty of useful content, as well as cat videos.
In the Talis Resource List for your module you will find recommended video, e-books and digitised chapters. Chapters have been scanned with OCR, so you can use text-to-speech software.
The library provides thousands of online journals. Most journal articles can be downloaded as PDF files, so that you can reformat or use text-to speech software. Some are on webpages and occasionally audio files are available. There is more information on journals on the Study Hub.
If the journal is only available in print, you could use the Library Reader to magnify the text or convert to an audio file.
- Cornwall Library has a collection e-Audiobooks. Anyone living in Cornwall can use this service for free. If you live elsewhere your local public library is likely to have a similar service.
- RNIB Bookshare has downloadable books in alternative formats (such as audio, braille, ePub or pdf) for readers with visual impairments and learning differences. Search for books here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or see the fact sheet below:
- Librivox provide free audiobooks read by volunteers. Other free sources of audiobooks are: Loyal Books, Thought Audio, and Open Culture.
- Blinkist offers condensed versions of popular non-fiction books, which can be read or listened to in about 20 minutes. With the free option, you can access one free book a day (selected by them).
- Very few academic textbooks are available to buy as audiobooks but if you can get the text in electronic format, you can use a free screen reader (such as Natural Reader Online) to hear it read out.