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Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics (TBT) lists a selection of titles recently added to the NLS collection and available through a network of cooperating libraries or the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. It also carries news of developments in services to people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical, perceptual, or reading disability that prevents them from using regular print materials. NLS publishes Talking Book Topics bimonthly in digital audio and HTML (current and back issues below), as well as PDF of the large-print formats, which include order forms for mailing (current and back issues below), and as a digital “talking” book (DB).

Increasingly, NLS patrons are accessing TBT through downloadable audio files through their subscription to BARD. An abridged TBT section found in Braille Book Review comes in hard-copy braille with a hard-copy braille order form. Patrons can also contact their network library about subscribing through the NLS magazine-on-cartridge program or having the TBT talking book mailed on cartridge. Additionally, as a publication offered by NFB-NEWSLINE, TBT can be accessed via landline phones; please visit https://nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline or call 866-504-7300 for more information on accessing TBT through NFB-NEWSLINE.

To search the tens of thousands of books available in the NLS collection, search the NLS Catalog.

Books listed in the HTML version of TBT link directly to BARD pages from which books can be saved to a computer for playing on a talking-book machine or can be saved to the BARD wish list for downloading on the BARD Mobile app. The free BARD Mobile app is available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s Appstore for reading talking books on your personal smartphone or tablet. For more information about BARD service, contact your local cooperating library. To find your library online, go to www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/find-a-local-library/.

Current Issue

July-August 2022 HTML
July-August 2022 Printable PDF – Adult Order Form
July-August 2022 Printable PDF – Children Order Form
July-August 2022 Printable PDF – Spanish Order Form
July-August 2022 PDF version [2.0 MB/122p.]
July-August 2022 will be available in August as a DB.

Issues for 2022

May-June 2022 HTML
May-June 2022 Printable PDF – Adult Order Form
May-June 2022 Printable PDF – Children Order Form
May-June 2022 Printable PDF – Spanish Order Form
May-June 2022 PDF version [1.7 MB/118 p.]
May-June 2022 is also available as DB107881

March-April 2022 HTML
March-April 2022 Printable PDF – Adult Order Form
March-April 2022 Printable PDF – Children Order Form
March-April 2022 Printable PDF – Spanish Order Form
March-April 2022 PDF version [584 KB/104 p.]
March-April 2022 is also available as DB107254

January-February 2022 HTML
January-February 2022 Printable PDF – Adult Order Form
January-February 2022 Printable PDF – Children Order Form
January-February 2022 Printable PDF – Spanish Order Form
January-February 2022 Accessible PDF version [114 KB/98 p.]
January-February 2022 is also available as DB106440

Issues for 2021

November-December 2021 HTML
November-December 2021 Accessible PDF version [112 KB/92 p.]

September-October 2021 HTML
September-October 2021 Accessible PDF version [110 KB/88 p.]

July-August 2021 HTML version
July-August 2021 Accessible PDF version [109 KB/88 p.]

May-June 2021 HTML version
May-June 2021 Accessible PDF version [122 KB/92 p.]

March-April 2021 HTML version
March-April 2021 Accessible PDF version [89 KB/80 p.]

January-February 2021 HTML version
January-February 2021 Accessible PDF version [29 KB/56 p.]

Issues for 2020

November-December 2020 HTML version
November-December, 2020 Accessible PDF version [39 KB/80 p.]
September-October 2020 HTML version
September-October 2020 Accessible PDF version [842 KB/76 p.]

July-August 2020 HTML version
July-August 2020 Accessible PDF version [978 KB/60 p.]

May-June 2020 HTML version
May-June 2020 Accessible PDF version [848 KB/84 p.]

March-April 2020 HTML version
March-April 2020 Accessible PDF version [640 KB/88 p.]

January-February 2020 HTML version
January-February 2020 Accessible PDF version [415 KB/84 p.]

Issues for 2019

November-December 2019 HTML version

September-October 2019 HTML version
September–October 2019 Accessible PDF version [ 476 KB/101 p.]

July–August 2019 HTML version
July–August 2019 Accessible PDF version [ 476 KB/101 p.]

May–June 2019 HTML version
May–June, 2019 Accessible PDF version [ 518 KB/108 p.]

March–April, 2019 HTML version
March–April, 2019 Accessible PDF version [ 650 KB/104 p.]

January–February 2019 HTML version
January–February 2019 Accessible PDF version [ 677 KB/109 p.]

Issues for 2018

November–December 2018 HTML version
November–December 2018 Accessible PDF version [555 KB/ 88 p.]

September–October 2018 HTML version
September–October 2018 Accessible PDF version [546 KB/ 87 p.]

July–August 2018 HTML version
July–August 2018 Accessible PDF version [544 KB / 88 p.]

May–June 2018 HTML version
May–June 2018 Accessible PDF version [507 KB / 85 p.]

March–April 2018 HTML version
March–April 2018 Accessible PDF version [430 KB / 88 p.]

January–February 2018 HTML version
January–February 2018 Accessible PDF version [674 KB / 151 p.]

Issues for 2017

November–December 2017 HTML version
November–December Accessible PDF version [575 KB / 128 p.]

September–October 2017 HTML version
September–October Accessible PDF version [676 KB / 147 p.]

July–August 2017 HTML version
July–August Accessible PDF version [1,374 KB / 136 p.]

May–June 2017 HTML version
May–June Accessible PDF version [405 KB / 85 p.]

March–April 2017 HTML version
March–April Accessible PDF version [705 KB / 111 p.]

January–February 2017 HTML version
January–February Accessible PDF version [677 KB / 100 p.]

Issues for 2016

November–December 2016 HTML version
November–December PDF version [1.6 MB / 133 p.]

September–October 2016 HTML version
September–October Accessible PDF version [1.6 MB / 133 p.]

July–August 2016 HTML version
July–August 2016 Accessible PDF version [803 KB / 130 p.]

May–June 2016 HTML version
May–June 2016 PDF version [619 KB / 133 p.]

March–April 2016 HTML version
March–April 2016 Accessible PDF version [688 KB / 147 p.]

January–February 2016 HTML version
January–February 2016 Accessible PDF version [607 KB / 128 p.]

Issues for 2015

November–December 2015, HTML version
November–December 2015, Accessible PDF version [693 KB / 148 p.]

September–October 2015, HTML version
September–October 2015, Accessible PDF version [698.88 KB / 148 p.]

July–August 2015, HTML version
July–August 2015, Accessible PDF version [1.12 MB / 146 p.]

May–June 2015, HTML version
May–June 2015, Accessible PDF version [808.05 KB / 122 p.]

March–April 2015, HTML version
March–April 2015, PDF version [660.38 KB / 86 p.]

January–February 2015, HTML version
January–February 2015, Accessible PDF version [953.91 KB / 133 p.]

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