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Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics lists the audio books and magazines added to the NLS collection within the last two months and available through a network of cooperating libraries. It also carries news of developments in services to people who are blind, visually impaired, or cannot read regular print material because of an organic physical disability. NLS publishes Talking Book Topics bimonthly in digital audio, large print, HTML, and accessible PDF formats and distributes it free of charge to patrons. To search the hundreds of thousands of books available in the NLS collection, search the NLS Catalog.

When possible, annotations include links to the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) pages from which the books can be downloaded to a digital cartridge. The free BARD Mobile app is also available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s Appstore for reading talking books on your personal smartphone or tablet. NLS has also introduced BARD Express, a Windows-based software that simplifies searching for, downloading, and transferring audio titles from BARD to a digital cartridge, using a personal computer. For more information about BARD, BARD Mobile, or BARD Express, contact your local cooperating library. To find your library online go to https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/find-a-local-library/.

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