Talking Book Topics

November-December 1997
In Brief

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Offered on Cassette

NLS is offering Asimov's Science Fiction magazine on cassette rather than flexible disc in addition to the children's, young adult, and foreign-language audio magazines that were announced earlier this year. These magazines kick off a transition to the new format for all audio magazines. NLS plans to continue the transition in January 1999, changing another group of flexible-disc magazines to cassette. It is expected to take three to four years before all NLS recorded magazines will be available on cassette.

The complete list of magazine titles appears in the Magazines section of this issue and includes information about the number of issues and format of each title.


The following announcements 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.

Audio Book Club

The AudioBook Exchange Club offers 600 commercially produced cassette book titles. An annual membership fee of $10 entitles customers to an unlimited number of tape rentals for $4.50 each plus shipping and handling. Members can also purchase titles at a discount off the retail price. For more information, contact AudioBook Exchange Club, 867 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002, telephone (201) 339-0330, fax (201) 339-2529, or Website

Disaster Preparedness

A two-cassette audio booklet titled Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities is available from the American Red Cross. The publication is designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. It includes sections on understanding disasters, disaster supplies, making your home or office safer, and creating a personal support network. The audio cassette set costs $5 and can be purchased from local American Red Cross chapters.

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