At Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM, we produce and lend books that are adapted to people with reading difficulties.
At MTM we produce and lend books which are adapted to individuals with a reading impairment. By ‘reading impairment’ we mean that a printed book needs to be adapted for you in some way so that you are able to read it. A reading impairment may be, for example:
• a visual impairment
• a physical impairment
• a mental impairment
• reading and writing problems
The fact that Swedish is your second language does not constitute a reading impairment. However, if you find it difficult to read as you have a reading impairment in your language as well, you may borrow talking books in Swedish and other languages.
Talking books are produced in accordance with an exemption in the Copyright Act. They are recorded specifically for those with a reading impairment. Some of our talking books contain both speech and text. In these talking books you can see text and images on the screen of the computer or mobile while you are listening.
All libraries in Sweden lend talking books. You can borrow the books on a CD, USB or memory card. You do not need a certificate but it is sufficient for you to inform that you need talking books. Borrowing books is always free. Please feel free to ask the personnel, they will be happy to assist you.
You can download the books directly from our catalogue Legimus. Your library will help you to obtain a username and password and will show you how to proceed. Bear in mind that you need a Swedish personal identity number for downloading on your own. If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you can borrow books on a CD or USB at the library.
You can read talking books in several different ways; with a special talking book player or on the computer, mobile or tablet.
To read talking books on your mobile or tablet you can use our app, referred to as ‘Legimus.’ It is also free. You can login to the app with the account you received from the library. You must have a Swedish personal identity number for reading books in the app.
If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you may borrow talking books at the library, transfer files to the mobile and listen to them in another app or media player.
We also lend Braille books in several languages. Please feel free to contact us to become a Braille borrower.
In Legimus you can see which talking books and Braille books are available for borrowing. You can also find books in other formats here. We can also help you to borrow books from other countries.