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Bibles and Other Sacred Writings in Special Media

January 2013



This reference circular includes Bibles and sacred texts of many world religions in a variety of languages, translations, and versions in special format. Commentaries, concordances, liturgies, prayer books, hymnals, and magazines are also listed. The information is taken from descriptive brochures provided in 2011 by the publishers and suppliers of the items cited.

In preparing this listing, priority was given to citing complete works. Portions of works are listed if they are unique in availability, narration, or medium.

The braille format is contracted unless otherwise noted. Large print is 14–point unless otherwise stated. Full-text electronic resources are also listed. Prices are not given as they are subject to frequent change. Additional details about any of the items listed should be obtained directly from the suppliers.

The first section lists organizations and companies that provide material to individuals with a visual disability free, on loan, or for purchase. Subsequent sections list materials, with their book numbers, available through the braille and talking-book program of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. This free library service is available to registered blind and physically handicapped residents of the United States through a network of regional and subregional libraries.

Organizations and Companies

American Baptist Churches U.S.A.
Judson Press
PO Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
(610) 768-2000
800-458-3766 (800-ABC-3USA)
(610) 768-2107 fax

Publishes the quarterly The Secret Place with devotions for daily worship in large print (16-point) by subscription. “Daily devotions” available online under The Secret Place.

American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
800-223-1839, ext. 705

The Louis database contains information on more than seven hundred titles, including versions of the Bible, Bible study, and related material in braille, large print, audio, and electronic files from a variety of sources.

The Anglican Digest
Speak, Inc.
805 Country Road 102
Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9705
(479) 253-9701
(479) 253-1277 fax

Publishes the quarterly Anglican Digest on audiocassette and online.

Assemblies of God
AG Center for the Blind
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 831-1964
(417) 862-5120 fax

Lending library of Christian literature and discipleship on Pentecostal materials; offers eight Sunday-school quarterlies on audiocassette for loan, as well as daily devotionals on audiocassette. Produces Pentecostal Digest and Adult Student Guide on audiocassette. Produces The One Year Audio Bible, New Living Translation, in audio for sale.

Audio Bible
2358 Braeburn Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32309

Distributes and sells the following versions in audio: King James (narrated by Alexander Scourby), New International, New King James, New American Standard, New Living Translation, New American, New Revised Standard, and Spanish Reina Valera (1960). Also has a King James version narrated by Stephen Johnston.

Audio Bibles for the Blind
(Division of Aurora Ministries)
PO Box 621
Bradenton, FL 34206
(941) 748-3031
(941) 748-2625 fax

Free to individuals with visual disabilities: King James, New King James, and Children’s Bible available in English in audio. The King James version is also available in twenty-two languages in audio.


Offers the King James version online and features full-text search ability, content-based tables of contents, and a verse-finding aid.

The Bible Source
2010 Crow Canyon Place
Suite 100
San Ramon, CA 94583

Distributes and sells a selection of Protestant Bibles in audio. Includes King James, New American Bible, New American Standard, and New International versions. Also has a New International version in Spanish.

Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International
3228 East Rosehill Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47805-1297
(812) 466-4899
(812) 466-0529 fax

Offers the King James version in braille and in a downloadable BRF file, free to individuals with visual disabilities.


Provides digital books free to all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Books are in DAISY format with text content and in contracted braille. Offers a large selection of Bibles, commentaries, and liturgical works in English and foreign languages.

Braille Bibles International
PO Box 378
Liberty, MO 64069
877-822-4253 fax

Offers the following Protestant Bibles free to individuals with visual disabilities: King James (narrated by Alexander Scourby), King James and New American Standard in audio, King James in large print (18- and 24- point), King James and New King James in braille. Also has a collection of Bible stories for children in braille.

Braille Circulating Library
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 359-3743

Lending library of religious materials, including Bible studies and commentaries, devotional reading, prophecy, and sermons. Produces the Daily Bread, a daily devotional on audiocassette and in large print.

The Braille Superstore
(Future Aids)
2190 Dolphin Crescent
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 3T1 Canada
800-985-1231 fax

Sells a selection of Protestant versions of the Bible in contracted or uncontracted braille, such as King James, New King James, New International, New American Standard, New Living Translation, and New Revised Standard. Also sells Catholic Bibles (Douay-Rheims and New American) in braille. Also in braille are a children’s Bible and Bible stories. Audio versions of King James, New King James, New American, New American Catholic, New American Standard, New Living Translation, as well as a Spanish version of New International are also available for purchase.

Christian Book Distributors
140 Summit Street
Peabody, MA 01960

A distribution service for Christian publishers such as Harvest House, Moody, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Zondervan, and World Publishers of Bibles in various versions in audio and large print.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 488-0981
(402) 488-7582 fax

Lending library for children and adults of Bible stories and devotional and inspirational material in audio. Offers Bible study guides in braille and large print as well as a series of character-building books for children in print/braille (full-vision). Offers a variety of children’s, inspirational, and study guide magazines in audio, braille, or large print.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Global Service Center
1999 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4233
(801) 240-5274
(801) 240-3685 fax

Sells church literature, including the Book of Mormon, Church Handbook of Instructions, Doctrine and Covenants, and study guides in audio or braille.

Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible

Online edition that includes the seven Apocryphal books, along with links to other resources.

Faith Comes by Hearing/Hosanna
2421 Aztec Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 881-3321
(505) 881-1681 fax

Offers free downloads of the New Testament, dramatized, in various versions and in various languages, as well as Bible iPhone app in 218 languages on www.Bible.is.

Franklin Electronic Publishers
One Franklin Plaza
Burlington, NJ 08016-4907

King James version in audio available for purchase.

Genesis Networks

Provides online access to King James and links to AudioBible, BibleGateway, Gospel.com, and other Internet Bible sites.

Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind
3760 Village Main Street
Loganville, GA 30052
(678) 475-7879

Lending library of Christian (Baptist) material, including conferences and sermons in audio. Also offers three correspondence Bible classes in braille to individuals with visual disabilities.

Guideposts Associates, Inc.
39 Seminary Hill Road
Carmel, NY 10512
800-431-2344 (magazine)

Subscription to monthly Guidepost magazine in braille or large print. Electronic braille file for download also available free.

Islamic Center Bookstore
2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-8343

Sells the Koran on audiocassette in Arabic, or in Arabic and English.

JBI International
(formerly the Jewish Braille Institute of America)
Library Services
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525

Lending library of liturgical and life-cycle materials, including the Five Books of Moses, Prophets, Writings, Haftarot, Haggadahs, and Daily and Sabbath Prayer Book, as well as Jewish educational materials on audio or in large print. Includes titles in English, Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish. Electronic braille files for download in Hebrew and English available at www.hebrewvisions.org.

Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999

Offers publications in Hebrew/English on Jewish laws, customs, and holidays for children and adults in braille or large print. Free to individuals with visual disabilities.

Kvision Books
PO Box 663
Corona, CA 92878

The Holy Quran in Arabic, Arabic/Urdu, or Arabic/English available for purchase in a variety of audio formats.

Learning Ally−Making Reading Accessible for All
(formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
National Headquarters
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

A membership organization open to anyone with a documented print-related disability. Offers a large lending library of textbooks and technical material on audio, including theological books, versions of the Bible, and Bible commentaries.

The Lighthouse of Houston
c/o Reflections, the Lighthouse Store
3602 West Dallas
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 284-8466

King James version in large print (18-point) available for purchase.

Lubavitch Shluchim Conferences on the Moshiach Campaign
Committee for the Blind
c/o Enlightenment for the Blind, Inc.
602 North Orange Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-7095
(323) 934-7092 fax
(718) 467-7800 hotline

Publishes Living with Moshiach, a weekly digest on the Torah portion, and other publications on Lubavitch philosophy. Available in large print and online. Free to individuals with visual disabilities.

Lutheran Blind Mission
7550 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 918-0415
(314) 963-0738 fax

Lends Bible study, devotional, and inspirational books through the Lutheran Library for the Blind. Provides free audiocassette, electronic-braille, and large-print magazines, including Lutheran Digest, Lutheran Messenger for the Blind, Lutheran Witness, My Devotions, Portals of Prayer, and Today’s Light.

Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association
1740 Eugene Street
White Bear Lake, MN 5510
(651) 426-0469

Produces and sells the BibleCourier (designed for individuals with visual disabilities), an electronic pocket Bible with 14 versions, including King James with Apocrypha and concordance, New American Standard with Apocrypha, and New Jerusalem with Apocrypha. Available free to individuals with visual disabilities are the New Revised Standard version in braille and large print (14- or 18-point), New Revised Standard New Testament in braille, and the New International version in large print, as well as the Small Catechism and Prayers in large print and Every Day with God (a child’s Bible) in braille. Also has hymns (words only) in braille and large print, and two magazines, Tract Messenger in braille and Christian Magnifier on audiocassette or in large print.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
13471 California Street
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa CA, 92399
(909) 795-8977
(909) 795-8970 fax

Free to individuals with visual disabilities. New International version in braille in several languages including Spanish, New International in large print (18- point) in English or Spanish, and Favorite Hymns and Gospel Hymns in large print.

Royal National Institute of Blind People
RNIB Export Department
PO Box 173
Peterborough PE2 6WS

Devotional magazines for overseas subscription. Channels of Blessing availale in braille.

Talking Bibles International
PO Box 906
Escondido, CA 92033
(760) 745-8105
(760) 745-8150 fax

Provides Old or New Testament versions online, including translations in many languages. Offers a daily Bible listening website at www.talkingbibles.net/. Free to individuals with visual disabilities.

The Upper Room
1908 Grand Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

Subscription to The Upper Room magazine in large print.

Xavier Society for the Blind
154 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 473-7800
(212) 473-7801 fax

Provides free religious and inspirational materials (Roman Catholic) in audio to individuals with visual disabilities.

Materials in the NLS Collections as of 2001-2010

Note: Audiocassettes in this section are recorded at 15/16 inches per second (ips) and require a special playback machine; digital books also require a special playback machine. Both formats can be borrowed from cooperating network libraries.

Key to Abbreviations in NLS Book Numbers
BR Braille, contracted unless noted otherwise
BR/RC Braille and recorded cassette
BRM  Braille material in the music collection
DB  Digital book in an audio file that may be downloaded over the
Internet from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service
DB/RC  Digital book and recorded cassette
RC   Recorded cassette at 15/16 ips
Web-Braille Braille in an electronic form

Scriptures, Other Sacred Writings, and Commentaries in English


Buddhism: a very short introduction by Damien Keown. RC 59971.

The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui Neng. Translated by A.F. Price and Wong Mou-lam. DB 57343 in process and RC 57343.

The teachings of the compassionate Buddha. Edited by E.A. Burtt. RC 58027, DB 58027.

The Tibetan book of the dead: the great liberation through hearing in the Bardo by Guru Rinpoche, according to Karma Lingpa, with commentary by Francesca Fremantle and Chogymam Trungpa. RC 16666.


The Bhagavad-Gita. Translated by Juan Mascaró. RC 16482, DB 16482.

The Bhagavad-Gita. Translated by Juan Mascaró, with an introduction by S. Brodbeck. BR 15909 and Web-Braille: Volume 1 The Bhagavad-Gita

The Bhagavad-Gita as a living experience. Edited by W. Huchzermeyer and J. Zimmerman. RC 55321, DB 55321.

The complete Kama Sutra: the first unabridged modern translation. Translated by Alain Danielo. RC 57344, DB 57344, BR 17262 and Web-Braille:

The Ramayana by Ramesh Menon. RC 57852, DB 57852.

The Rig Veda: an anthology; 108 hymns. Selected and translated by Wendy O’Flaherty. RC 57924, DB 57924.

Teachings of the Hindu mystics. Edited by Andrew Harvey. RC 59985,DB 59985.

The Upanishads: selections. Translated by Eknath Easwaran. DB/RC 59044.


Approaching the Qur’an: the early revelations. Translated by Michael Sells. RC 55322, DB 55322.

Heart of the Koran by Lex Hixon. RC 31235, DB 31235.

The essential Koran: the heart of Islam, an introductory selection of readings. Translated by Thomas Cleary. RC 55316, DB 55316.

The Koran. Translated by N.J. Dawood. (2nd rev. ed.). DB 07789.

The meaning of the glorious Koran: an explanatory translation by Marmaduke Pickthall. BR 14075.


Pentateuch; the Book of J. Translated from Hebrew by David Rosenberg. DB 32195.

Pentateuch: the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. A new translation with introductions, commentary, and notes by Everett Fox. BR 10508 Web-Braille only:

Talmud la-kol. The essential Talmud. Edited by Adin Steinsaltz, translated from Hebrew by Chaya Galai. RC 64273, DB 64273, BR 17167 and Web-Braille:



The Apocrypha: an American translation. DB 12511.

King James

The Bible. Edited by Robert Carroll and Stephen Prickett. BR 14828.

The Book of Psalms, Old Testament. RC 52186.

The Holy Bible: containing the Old and New Testament. Narrated by Alexander Scourby. DB 68777 [reissue of RC 40842 and RC 40843].

Revised Standard

The Holy Bible with the Apocrypha. BR/RC 14943.

Roman Catholic


The Jerusalem Bible. Edited by Alexander Jones. RC 57847.


The Gospel of Judas from Codex Tchacos. Edited by R. Kasser, M. Meyer, and G. Wurst. BR 16708, RC 62687, DB 62687.

The New Covenant, commonly called the New Testament. The four Gospels and Apocalypse. Translated from the Greek by Willis Barnstone. DB 55320 in process and RC 55320.

Hymnals from the Music Section

Episcopal hymnal, 1982. Words only. BRM29192.

Lutheran hymnal, 1941. Words only. BRM25796.

Methodist book of hymns, 1964. Words and music. BRM 23958 and Web-Braille:

Evangel Hymnbook (nondenominational): 200 favorite hymns and gospel songs, n.d. Words only, BRM 28735; words and music, BRM 28733 and Web-Braille:

Presbyterian hymnal, 1990. Words only. BRM 34629 and Web-Braille:

Presbyterian hymnbook, 1955. Words and music. BRM 29687.

With one voice: a Lutheran resource for worship, 1988. Words only. BRM 34191 and Web-Braille:

Scriptures for Children

The Bible for children from good books. Retold by Murray Watts, for grades 2–4. BR 14733

Bible stories for the young. Eight selections from the Old Testament, for grades K–3. RC 48826.

My first Bible. Edited by Pat Alexander, for grades K–3. RC 56206.

Stories from the Bible. Selections from Old and New Testament of King James version, for grades K–3. RC 55263.

Scriptures in Foreign Languages


Sagrada Biblia: version directa de las lenguas originales por E.N. Fuster y A Colunga. DB 68999 [reissue of RC 20818 and 20819].

Subject Index

Bible Study

Children's Bible or Study





Other Sacred Writings



National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)



Prayer Books

Media Index





Large Print

Version and Translation Index




King James

New King James

New American

New American Standard

New International

New Jerusalem

New Living

New Revised Standard

Revised Standard

Languages Index








Compiled by:
Ruth Nussbaum
Jan. 2013

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