Audio Book Production & AvailabilityInformation on the Audio Book Program and access to state-adopted books to help support students with disabilities.
What is the Audio Book Program?
The Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Technology (CSMT) Production and Materials Support Unit within the CSMT’s Audio Production Program uses advanced technology and produces high-quality audio recordings of state-adopted textbooks and library books for students with disabilities in kindergarten through grade eight. These free instructional materials help students who have learning disabilities, vision impairments, cognitive dysfunctions, dyslexia, speech disorders, and other print disabilities. This audio program helps students overcome challenges, connect with others, and learn to become independent.
About Human and Text-To-Speech Audio Recordings
Audio recordings are produced in human voice and Text-To-Speech wave files and converted to MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3) files for educators to download. Recordists work with audio editors to record the content and graphics in the book. During the Text-To-Speech production, staff convert the electronic text files into a speech synthetic voice. The production team listens to the voice and will phonetically spell words or phrases to humanize the artificial pronunciation, inflection, and reading pace. Furthermore, sound quality specialists edit the human and speech synthetic voice wave files to improve audio, adjust reading speed, and remove extraneous noises, thus providing a better-quality sound recording.
Membership Eligibility and Downloading Audio Books
Educators in California can become members and download audio books after completing the Instructional Materials Ordering and Distribution System (IMODS) Member Registration Form on the CSMT Web page. The CSMT provides special education directors, administrators, educators, and other program specialists access to recorded books from IMODS in MP3 file format, which are downloadable and used on student computers, MP3 players, and other devices. Members also can browse recently uploaded audio books to download for students.
Reserving a Book for Audio Recording and Production
To apply and reserve your state-adopted book for the Audio Recording and Production Process, please provide an e-mail with the following information:
- Send a screenshot of the front and back covers of the book.
- Also include a copy of the price list section from the Price List of Adopted Instructional Materials which shows the description, subject, ISBN, copyright, and grade-level information for your book.
- Screenshots must be clear.
- Send your e-mail request to: