A computer diskette with both Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review has been available as a pilot project during 1996. NLS has received many helpful comments from patrons who used the diskette, all supporting continuation of the diskette format. As a result, the diskette edition with both NLS publications will continue during 1997, with some improvements. If you are on the mailing list for the diskette edition, you will continue to receive it. If you are not on the list but would like to get Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review on computer diskette, please contact your local cooperating library.
The diskette contains the two publications as two separate ASCII text files on one 3-½-inch IBM-compatible diskette. The data are readable by nearly all editing or file-reading software. Files consist of the "In Brief" section, the book listings complete with annotation, and a magazine listing. Indexes and order forms are not included. This format is also available through the Internet by accessing the NLS home page.
Each diskette is packaged in a standard diskette mailer and sent directly to patrons who subscribe. You will receive the diskette around the same time as you receive other formats of Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review to which you currently subscribe. You will also continue to receive these formats, unless you request that they be stopped. The diskette is to be kept, not returned to the producer or your library.
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