Braille Book Review

March-April 2002

In Brief

Cassette Magazines. For the information of readers interested in magazines in alternative media other than braille, a list of NLS-produced cassette magazines is reprinted here. Like the braille magazines listed in each issue of Braille Book Review following the descriptive listings of new books, the cassette periodicals are available at no charge to eligible readers. For free subscriptions, contact your cooperating library.

For a descriptive listing of periodicals in many alternative formats (braille, audiocassette, computer diskette, audio disc, Moon type, large print, electronic braille, and electronic access) readers may wish to consult Magazines in Special Media, a directory produced by the NLS Reference Section. In addition to the magazines in braille and on audiocassette produced by NLS as part of its free reading program, the publication also lists magazines in alternative media from sources other than NLS and its cooperating libraries. Magazines in Special Media is available in large print on request from the Reference Section and online at the NLS web site www.loc.gov/pub/nls/reference/directories/magazines.html.

Newsstand

The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Seedlings children‡s catalog. Seedlings has published its 2002 catalog of braille books for children. Braille readers may choose from more than 450 low-cost books, including books in braille, print and braille, print-braille with pictures, and a few in uncontracted braille. For a catalog, contact: Seedlings Braille Books for Children, P.O. Box 51924, Livonia, MI 48151-5924; e-mail seedlink@aol.com; web site www.seedlings.org.

The following information is reprinted from Talking Book Topics, March-April 2002.

Newsstand

The following announcement may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. Items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program, and their listing does not imply endorsement.

Talking Dictionary. Talking Dictionary for Windows is a 250,000-word speech-enabled dictionary/thesaurus designed for visually impaired users. Features include pronunciation, spelling, keyboard assistance, word definitions, synonyms, and a complex phonetic spell-checking system. It can be used with all screen readers, but doesn't require one as it has its own built-in speech engine. The talking dictionary runs on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows 2000. A sound card with speakers is required. The complete downloaded dictionary, including backup CD and one year of upgrades, costs $39.95 and is available from RWF Talking Software. Further information and a free demonstration download may be found at http://www.talkingsoftware.gothere.uk.com/html/talking_dictionary.html.

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