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The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library recently unveiled enhanced services as part of the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). BARD enables registered patrons to download over 22,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazines directly from the program’s website. Anyone registered as an Indiana Talking Book patron can have access to BARD after completing the online application. The service does require a high-speed internet connection from home or through the patron’s local publi c library and a NLS-authorized digital book player and flash drive cartridge. Most, but not all, commercial USB flash drives are also compatible.
The Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library recently unveiled enhanced services as part of the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) program from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). BARD enables registered patrons to download over 22,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazines directly from the program’s website.
Anyone registered as an Indiana Talking Book patron can have access to BARD after completing the online application. The service does require a high-speed internet connection from home or through the patron’s local publi c library and a NLS-authorized digital book player and flash drive cartridge. Most, but not all, commercial USB flash drives are also compatible.Digital Machine Upgrade
Patrons of the Indiana Talking Book and Braille library who wish to gain access to BARD must fill out an application at https://nlsbard.loc.gov. Patrons must have an active email address; access to a high speed internet connection is also recommended. Within a few days of submitting your BARD application, the library will confirm your eligibility and issue you a temporary password. .
Connect a blank NLS cartridge to your computer’s USB port by using a short connecter cable, or plug a flash drive directly into the port. Kingston and Verbatim drives are recommended. These drives do not contain the U3 technology files that prevent the digital player from recognizing NLS books and magazines.
Go to the BARD site and enter your login ID and password.
You may browse a list of the most recently added books, the most popular books during the past 90 days, available magazines, or you may search the entire collection by author, title, subject, or keyword.
Select the book or magazine you wish to download and press enter (or click) on the link at the bottom of the annotation. You will be asked if you wish to save or open the file. Select open. You will be prompted when the download process has been completed.
To transfer book to cartridge of flash drive:
When the transfer has been completed, cut files will automatically be deleted from your computer. If you have copied the files, you will need to delete them from your hard drive. Close the book folder and remove the cartridge or flash drive from the computer. Insert into your digital player and enjoy.
You may download more than one title onto a removable drive simply by connecting it to your computer and repeating the download process. You do not need to disengage the removable drive until you have downloaded your selected number of books.
If you would rather not make a folder for each book, you may simply paste your books onto the removable drive without selecting the folder option. Near the end of each transfer, you will be prompted with a message to which you will respond by selecting the letter A (Yes to All.) Creating folders separates the book files, letting you delete each title after it has been read. Books not in folders cannot be deleted until all titles on the removable drive have been read.
To read cartridges or flash drives with multiple books, go to bookshelf mode.
1. Insert cartridge or flash drive in player.
2. Press and hold “Play/Stop” to enter bookshelf mode.
3. Press “Rewind” or “Fast Forward” buttons to select the desired book.
Digital talking-book cartridges may be purchased from the two vendors listed below. Commercial USB flash drives are often compatible as well and may be purchased at local retailers carrying basic computer supplies.
American Printing House
2GB digital talking-book cartridges, designed to be used with the NLS digital-talking book machine, for $11.99. To place an order, contact the American Printing House for the Blind at http://shop.aph.org or by phone 1-800-223-1839. Customer service questions may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com.
Adaptive Technology (a division of Perkins Products)
1 GB digital talking-book cartridges and compatible USB cables, designed to be used with NLS digital talking-book machines. Blank 1GB cartridges are $14.95, while blank 1GB cartridges bundled with a compatible 36-inch USB cable are $17.95. The USB cable may also be purchased separately for $3.95. To place an order, contact Adaptive Technology online at www.perkinsproducts.org (go to Talking Book Accessories) or by phone (978) 462-3817.
Description Executive NLS/BPH Case
Executive Products has created a new soft form-fitted custom EXECUTIVE NLS/BPH CASE for the NLS/BPH digital talking book player. The case is made of a water-resistant and durable Italia faux leather. This case fits snuggly around your unit, and has a storage zipper compartment for your cartridges. The case has been designed to enable the user to easily utilize all keys, ports and accesses while on the unit. The unit can be carried on a comfortable shoulder strap or a hand carry strap. The unit may be used while walking, sitting or simply standing. The case is designed to allow easy access to load your cartridges, access buttons, USB port, headset jack and all
other components of the reader. It comes with a large zippered pocket/flap that can accommodate up to three cartridges, and other accessories. The pocket/flap can be secured in an open position by fastening the flap under the unit. In the closed position, the pocket/flap protects the keys, covers the cartridge area, covers the power cord area in the rear and protects the overall unit. The case comes with a shoulder strap and a handle strap. This case fits both the standard and advance NLS units.
TB MA 11-27-2013