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Presentation on Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

by Kathie Korpolinski


  • RFB&D's History
  • Current membership and services
  • Transition to RFB&D's Audio Plus Digital Talking books
  • RFB&D's Audio Plus book types
  • Product placement roll-out
  • Questions and Answers

RFB&D - An Overview

  • 50 years old / non-profit organization
  • Educational text for veterans from World War II
  • The first media - wax cylinders to records to four - track cassette tapes

Current Memberships and Services

  • Individual memberships
  • Annual Institution memberships (AIM)
  • Tape players and accessories
  • Custom Projects
  • Incorporation of Dyslexic to RFB&D
    • Number of students served
    • Number of books circulated
  • 32 recording studios nationally
  • 5000 volunteer readers

Transition to Digital Audio

  • E-Text books - computerized books for the blind
  • 1998 Department of Commerce Grant (TOP)
  • Began testing RFB&D's books in September 1999
  • Expanded test sites in February 2001 (Pre-Release)
  • Research projects
  • Two Gallup studies / Focus groups / John Hopkins Univ.
  • & Baltimore schools

Types of Books

  • RFB&D's Audio Plus
  • Converted books
  • New Digital Masters
  • RFB&D's Audio Plus Text
  • RFB&D's D-Text

Product Placement Roll-out

  • Rollout Timetable
  • Formal Announcement in July 2002


  • Infrastructure change
  • Human and financial resources
  • Playback devices - hardware and software
  • Production tools
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)

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