Talking Book Topics

September-October 1998
In Brief

NLS Continues Magazine Program Changes

Beginning in January 1999, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) will offer readers twelve magazines on cassette instead of flexible disc. These magazines continue a transition to the new cassette format for all audio magazines. NLS plans to continue the change in 2000 with an additional ten or eleven titles moving to cassette and conclude in 2001 when all NLS recorded magazines will be available on cassette.

This improvement to the magazine program is based on the recommendation of an advisory committee composed of program users and librarians. The list of magazines is shown below. Subscribers will automatically receive the magazines on cassette and need not take any action. To start a new subscription to these or any magazines in the program, contact your cooperating library.

Catalog Survey Coming Soon

Patrons will soon be able to select and order NLS catalogs and bibliographies that will be issued in 1999. A large-print order form will be mailed early this fall to patrons who subscribe to TBT. The form will give patrons the opportunity to order upcoming publications, such as Cassette Books 1998 and Braille Books 1997-1998. Catalogs and bibliographies ordered will be sent directly to patrons when the publications are produced.


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.

Shopping Catalogs

Home Readers offers a variety of popular mail order catalogs on 4-track cassette. The catalogs list products from companies that sell clothing, gifts, music, food, collectibles, cosmetics, pet supplies, and health-related items. The tapes feature descriptions of patterns, styles, and colors that are pictured in the print editions. Prices for the catalogs range from $2 to $5. For more information contact Home Readers, 604 W. Hulett, Edgerton, KS 66021; telephone (913) 893-6939; e-mail [email protected]

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