Audio Textbooks – A New Way to Study

by DorothyD on August 19, 2009

I’ve been thinking about taking some classes lately. I love to learn new things. I began wondering about textbook availability in audio format.

Surprisingly, also offers several educational resources.

Audio textbooks

For those who do not have a disability, but simply enjoy reading with audiobooks,’s Education area offers tons of options. There are areas for students, K-12 educators, parents & families, professionals, college textbooks on audio and higher education faculty. You can browse through hundreds of textbook audio books titles in every subject.


Audio Textbooks


VangoNotes, a division of Pearson Education (a leading textbook publisher), and Audible Education have partnered to offer study guides in various subjects.

These audio college textbooks study guides can assist students with overall concepts, practice tests, key terms, and quick review.

Books are available for immediate download. Students can choose to download audio textbooks online for $19.95 or choose individual chapters for $2.99. VangoNotes even offers streaming samples for listeners prior to purchase.

The VangoNotes books are tied to specific textbooks, so users will need to search for their book on the site. These supplementary materials will not take the place of the hardCover textbook. They are meant to offer extra emphasis on the key concepts in each chapter as well as test preparation materials.

Browsing the subjects, I noticed that the textbooks are all pictured, making it easier to find the right vangonotes.


Looking for a shortcut through the dry “Audio Textbook” material? SparkNotes are available through Audible as well. Read the summaries of each chapter with explanations of key themes and analysis of content.

While it will never be able to convey the magic of To Kill a Mockingbird, SparkNotes can help students sort through the themes, symbols, and characters. This is a very handy test prep tool.

Questions and answers about Vango Notes


These college audio textbooks resources allow students to study and review right from their iPods, cell phones, or mp3 players. For students with learning disabilities, is highly recommended. Why not take advantage of every minute by studying via an audio textbook today?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina January 18, 2011 at 4:59 am

I have been looking for audio college textbooks for two terms. I have seen two sites promoting audible but they have nothing in the college textbook forum that is up to date. It seems like a great market to offer an audio book alongside the text I can’t believe it is not being utilized.

hatchmo80 January 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic

Sharon Bral March 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

I am looking for audio books that accompany a text written book. Primarily I want to utilize this concept with students who have difficulty reading and comprehending the written word but would like to follow along with the written text. does anyone know where something like this maybe available?

Peter March 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hi Sharon, that is a very good question. I have not yet found anything along the lines of what you are describing. I believe some of the learn a new language systems utilize something similar.

I have heard of educators successfully using the method by purchasing the audio and text versions of the book separately.

Darren November 12, 2011 at 5:04 am


I am looking for audio books in French with matching text.

Please advise.


Peter November 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hi Darren, I’m not aware of any French Audio Books with matching text, However I have provided two links below for tiltles that are in French.

Terre des Hommes CD (5 Audio CDs narrated in French, Unabridged)

French Audiobooks

Dave December 28, 2011 at 4:53 am

I’m just looking for the same as others are. audiobooks with text. The school uses read and write gold, unfortunatly my dyslexic son says it is poor quality and spells words that it cannot pronounce.

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