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ELF Large Print Classics Library
A Service of the Virginia M. Woolf Foundation & the Verizon Foundation
89 Books on one DVD in 28 & 48 point fonts
From: Text-Key

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - April 25, 2006

This DVD is Being Offered Free to Libraries!

The ELF Large Print Classics Library is a collection of eighty-nine, primarily works of classic fiction, contained on a single computer DVD. A Service of Virginia M. Woolf Foundation & Verizon, this DVD is being provided, free-of-charge, to libraries around the country. The books in this collection come preformatted in both 28 and 48 point font sizes and are intended for use by visually impaired readers, both those needing large print books and by users of computer screen reading programs. While the books in this collection are primarily works of classic literature, you'll also find several nonfiction titles including an English-Spanish Vocabulary for Healthcare Workers and an English-Spanish Vocabulary for Library Workers, both of which were compiled by the Staffers at the Virginia A. Woolf Foundation.

Librarians interested in requesting a copy of this DVD can find ordering information online at: http://www.text-key.com/ForLibrarians.htm.

What's on the DVD?

A complete list of all the titles found in this collection can be found online, however to give you a taste of what you'll find in this collection, here is a list of a few of the titles... And here are a few of the titles that will be of special interest to younger readers, and those young at heart: While this DVD is only available to libraries, all the titles in this collection are available for sale on an individual basis. To learn more about the titles in this collection, or how to order a specific book, visit: Text-Key.com.

Text-Key Publications

The Virginia M. Woolf Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to make a wide range of printed material accessible to visually impaired readers via their Text-Key publication process. Their publications are produced in ELF format (enhanced letter format) and are available on computer CD-ROM, and they are available for download via the internet. Most of their publications have been preformatted into 28 and 48-point font sizes, enabling readers to choose the large print format that best suits their needs. (Some of their publications, mostly Government documents, are only offered in 18 and 28 point font). Best of all, these publications are formatted in such a way that you do not have to scroll from side-to-side when reading a line. The books and publications offered by the Virginia M. Woolf foundation are presented in an Adobe tagged PDF format, and an ASCII version of each title is also included, making the titles easily accessible to readers using computer screen reading or text-to-speech programs. Titles can also be printed out if you find reading off the computer screen unwieldy.

In Conclusion

The books in the ELF Large Print Classics Library are designed to be read via the free version of Adobe Reader. This is a nice touch as it means that you do not have to buy a special reader to access the books. As well, the fact that the books are also available in ASCII (plain-text) format not only makes the files readily accessible to those using screen readers, but it also means that if the 48-point type size is too small for your needs, you can still open the books via your favorite word processor or web browser and set the font size to something larger. Most important, the DVD is designed so that it is easy to find the book you want to read, and once you open the book, you will find it a breeze to navigate through it simply by using your computer's arrow keys.

In addition, the range of titles in this collection, as well as those offered by the Virginia M. Woolf Foundations, will ensure that you are sure to find a wealth of books to enjoy. Many of the books in this collection will also be of special interest to visually impaired students as many of the classics found in this collection are required reading in many High School and College literature classes, such as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. In short, this collection is a real boon to visually impaired readers of all ages and the offer of a free copy is one that every Librarian should take advantage of for the benefit of the visually impaired readers that use their library!


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