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New Virtual Library for the Blind Gives Readers in Latin America a Chance

By KJ Mullins     May 6, 2007 in Internet
One of the hardest things to give up for those who become blind is the act of reading. Now in Latin America readers can enjoy their love of literature.
Tiflolibros is a site that sends its visually impaired users voiced email files of their favorite books. Launched in 1999 it serves 3,000 members in 40 countries.
I wasn't practising medicine anymore and reading was the last thing I had left," retired doctor Edgardo Etchevarria, who lost his sight 13 years ago said, lamenting the years after darkness closed in.
Named after the island where Greeks sent their blind in mythology, Tiflos and the Spanish name for library the site is the largest of it's kind in Spanish. It houses over 20,000 books ranging from Harry Potter to Tom Clancy thrillers.
Co-founder Andre Dure helped make the technology possible for it's members. Members must register and show that they do indeed have visual impairment.
The non-profit site enables for free reading for those who need it.
English speaking people can go to BookShare to obtain more than 31,100 titles.
"Tiflolibros was a turning point," Etchevarria said. "It allowed me to keep using my brain."
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