If there is a blind child in the family (or a blind parent who wishes to read to his or her child) you might be interested in visiting the site of Seedlings Braille Books for Children [NEW ADDRESS!] and find out what they have available. (Their T-shirts are hilarious.)
Braille-Books.com also carries a selection of children's books in braille -- as well as books for adults.
Another source for braille books -- including children's books -- is the National Braille Press.
If you are looking for books about disabilities or books for the disabled you might want to visit the Family Village Book Store.
One thing they have is a handy pocket-sized Internet address booklet to keep your favourite Internet addresses in for two dollars (tax included). It has pages preprinted for E-mail, FTP sites, Web sites, and more.
I feel like a child in a candy store every time I visit this store, his stock is so extensive. Note that there is now only one e-mail address for both inquiries and orders and that his web-site address has changed. You don't have to live in Halifax to shop here. You don't even have to live in Nova Scotia. In fact, you don't even have to live in Canada. He ships all over the world. If extra-terrestrials placed an order, he would probably accept it if they could pay in Canadian dollars and he could find a shipping company with interplanetary service.
"Philately will get you nowhere." -- Dilbert.
These people got me started collecting stamps. I got a matched pair of stamps from a former soviet republic with Marx and Lennon on them. NO, that's NOT a spelling error. The stamps feature Groucho Marx and John Lennon! They also have a huge selection of new and used science-fiction books.
Seaside Book & Stamp [new address, March 21, 2003].
Information on books in Braille and recordings for the blind can be found at http://lcweb.loc.gov/nls/nls.html.
site [NEW URL]
and get access to thousands of works of literature.
Some of the classics I grew up with are:
[list currently unavailable until I can
look them up at the new Project Gutenberg site]
Their old address: http://sunsite.unc.edu/ibic/Tor-homepage.html is no longer valid. They have moved to: http://www.tor.com/.
If THE link above does not work, try http://126.96.36.199/
They also have links to SOME other publishers.
Del Rey Books by Randomhouse is the first book company that I have noticed that now prints their web site address on the copyright page of their books. It is "http://www.randomhouse.com".
An Aspect Fantasy book (a subdivision of Warner Books) is the second book I have seen that has a web site printed on their book. You can find them at: http://pathfinder.com/twep/.
They have three web addresses listed in the latest (at the time of my writing this) of their Ace paperbacks that I got. In the front of the book, they list http://www.berkley.com/berkley as the Putnam Berkley WWW address. In the back of the same book, they list http://www.putnam.com/berkley as the address for Putnam Berkley Online. And in both the front and the back, they list http://www.pbplug.com as the address for PB Plug, their science fiction/fantasy newsletter.
My favourite science-fiction author now has her own home page.
I met Robert J. Sawyer, Canada's only native-born full time science fiction writer, at a science fiction convention in Halifax and found him to be a very sociable person. I have enjoyed his books also. Why not drop in to his site to see what's new? By the way, his web site has moved again so, if you visited him before at "http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/sawyer" or at "http://www.sff.net/people/sawyer/" then bookmark his new address above. He promises that his site will stay put from now on. Note, if you read his novel _Frameshift_ and want more information on the genetics described in the book you might be interested in reading the article "DNA Microsatellites: Agents of Evolution?" on pages 94 to 99 of the January 1999 issue of _Scientific_American_. More information on Huntington's Disease and its terrible effects can be found at the Huntington's Disease Society of America [NEW URL] web site.
Everybody and his hamster seems to have a link somewhere on their site pointing to their favourite search engine. Unfortunatly, many of the search engines have forms which can be difficult for the blind to use. At CAMERA OBSCURA something has been done about the problem. On that site you can find a page of Speech Friendly Search Forms for some of most popular search engines.
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