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Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics (TBT) lists the audio books and magazines recently added to the NLS collection 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; TBT is also available in downloadable audio files and as a subscription through BARD. To search the tens 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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March–April, 2019 HTML version
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January–February, 2019 HTML version
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November–December, 2018 Accessible PDF version [555 KB/ 88 p.]

September–October, 2018 HTML version
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July–August, 2018 HTML version
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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.]

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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.]

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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
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May–June 2016, HTML version
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March–April 2016, HTML version
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January–February 2016, HTML version
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July–August 2015, HTML version
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May–June 2015, HTML version
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March–April 2015, HTML version
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January–February 2015, HTML version
January–February 2015, Accessible PDF version [953.91 KB / 133 p.]

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