Baltimore Business Journal, Maryland.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006.
The National Federation of the Blind is partnering with an online digital library to make more than 125 newspapers and magazines available over the Web.
Bookshare.org and parent company Benetech said Wednesday they would add to the titles -- which the "print-disabled" can access with screen-reading software -- available on the Internet site, which was created by Baltimore's National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
NFB-Newsline, as the service is called, has been delivering local and national newspapers over the telephone to subscribers for years. The expanded partnership will take advantage of new software and portable computing devices to give blind and disabled people "access to crucial information so that they may compete on equal footing with everyone else in the world," said NFB President Marc Maurer in a statement.
"We feel we're already lowering the barrier to accessible daily news each and every day," added Benetech CEO Jim Fruchterman in a statement.
National newspapers such as USA Today and the New York Times are offered, as well as smaller papers such as the Paducah Sun, Spanish-language dailies like La Opinion and magazines such as the New Yorker.
Users pay an annual subscription fee for unlimited access to the titles.
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