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Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth

Resources are available through the Appleton Public Library to assist people with vision loss or physical limitations which make reading difficult.   For those experiencing vision loss we have materials in our collection which may be checked out.  Large print format books, both fiction and nonfiction, are available at the library for children, teens and adults. 

 Listening man

Many people enjoy listening to audio books in CD and Playaway formats no matter how good their vision. They are available for all age levels.  We also have some Described Videos, shelved near the Talking Books, which narrate the action on screen for those who can’t see it. 

 Talking books

The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library delivers digital books and readers at no cost to qualified individuals.  Since the Appleton Public Library is a cooperating library, you can pick up or drop off Talking Books on tape at this location.  You can also get the forms here to apply for a new digital reader if you have difficulty reading.


Appleton Public Library will be partnering with Outagamie Waupaca Library System and the Wisconsin Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired to present the program Accessible Literature—Audio and Visual, for individuals or family and friends of people with reading difficulties.  The program will be at the Ogilvie Room in the Thompson Community Center on April 30, 2013 from 10:30 to noon.  Call 1-800-783-5213 or go to to register.  Jean Kalscheur will discuss accessibility options, and librarians will demonstrate the use of e-readers, Playaways, downloadable e-books and audio books.  There will also be a program for professionals such as librarians and senior center workers at 8:30 am.  Registration is also through


Walking Books is an Appleton Public Library service provided by volunteers.  If you are homebound but love to read you can request that a volunteer be assigned.  They will learn your preferences, pick up books you choose and deliver them once a month, returning the previous month’s books.  Contact us at 832-6346 to arrange for this service or if you would like to volunteer for the program.

 Read newspaper

If you or someone you know wishes to improve reading, writing or English language skills, the Fox Valley Literacy Council may be able to help you.  Volunteers provide tutoring tailored to your needs.  Contact them at 920-991-9840 or email them at


The Appleton Public Library provides knowledge and entertainment to our patrons in many different forms, including formats that fit the needs of those who have a hard time reading.  Let us help you find a method that works for you or a loved one.

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