Talking Books Plus

Verizon Wireless National Accessibility Customer Service

By Ann | October 22, 2014


An announcement by Paul Macchia says, “on October 15, Verizon Wireless unveiled the National Accessibility Customer Service (NACS). Designed to support people with special needs and requirements, the Charleston, South Carolina-based center will be staffed with approximately 200 dedicated representatives to address individual mobile needs – whether it is providing guidance on device selection, technical support or account transactions.

The dedicated phone number for the center is 888-262-1999 and its hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (local time zone). Depending on geographical location, if customers call after these hours, the call will be handled by other Customer Service and Technical Support representatives who are available from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., (local) seven days a week at 800-922-0204 or by dialing *611 from a Verizon Wireless phone.

Customers can also utilize the Chat services found on VerizonWireless.com.”

P.S. The 888-262-1999 phone number works. I tried it.

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Favorite Private Investigator Novels

By Ann | October 22, 2014


Taken from a Severn House article, private investigator writer, Russel D. McLean lists his favorite novels in the private investigator genre. He says these books “influenced my own writing or that I’ve just flat out loved. I can’t pick just one favorite – they’re all absolutely brilliant books.”

Talking Books Plus has the following titles in the collection-
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler DB32657
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett DB16593, DB74949
The Killing Kind by John Connolly DB58245
A Firing Offence by George Pelecanos DB58158

Russel McLean adds that “You could pick any book by Ross MacDonald and know you have a classic on your hands.” Talking Books Plus has several titles by MacDonald. Request any of the recommended titles listed above from Talking Books Plus online or email olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov or call 401-574-9310 to make requests.

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Special Program Series on WWII

By Ann | October 20, 2014


On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9 pm Eastern Time, Accessible World’s Special Program Series is presented by Ira Fistell, author of Leyte Gulf, The Last Great Navel Battle of World War IIl. Access this program via the telephone only. Call (605) 475-3220. Access code: 1053921 followed by the # key. Come into the phone center approximately 5 minutes prior to the program. *6 mutes your phone and *6 allows you to ask questions.

Download DB014488

NLS book description- Reconstruction of the three-day naval battle of World War II that destroyed the myth of the invincible Japanese fleet.

The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For the Blind, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them

 

 

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Science Fiction book discussion Nov 6th

By Ann | October 16, 2014


On ThursdayNovember 6 at 9 pm the Science Fiction club discussion group of Accessible World will be talking about 2312 by Kim Stanely Robinson. Talking Books Plus members may download the title or if in hardcopy, reserve an audio copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. Talking Books Plus members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD. To request a title by phone, call 401-574-9310.

The Martian DB74887

Below is a description of the book taken from the Talking Books Plus Catalog -Mercury, 2312. After Swan Er Hong’s beloved grandmother Alex dies, Swan wants time to grieve. Instead, she is thrust into an interplanetary investigation about what Alex’s research of Earth may have uncovered–and if her death was really of natural causes.

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Fiction, Old and New book discussion Nov 11

By Ann | October 16, 2014


On Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00 pm the Fiction, Old and New discussion group will be talking about Pearl of China: a novel by Anchee Min. Talking Books Plus members may download or reserve a copy to be mailed to them. Visit the Book Nook Room to participate in the discussion. Talking Books Plus members who are not already BARD members may sign up for download service at BARD.

Request DB73254

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog – Fictional account of Pearl Buck (1892-1973), author of The Good Earth (DB
37294). Young Willow Yee befriends Pearl, a missionary’s daughter, in remote
China. Willow’s love and jealousy grow as Willow later suffers during the Mao
revolution but remains loyal to her foreign friend, now a Nobel laureate. 2010.

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National Book Awards Announced

By Ann | October 15, 2014


In the New York Times, Alexandra Alter wrote “The National Book Foundation announced finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards today.” Talking Books Plus has the following books from this list.

FICTION

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine DB78325

Beirut. Seventy-two-year-old Aaliya spends her days translating books from English and French into Arabic for her private amusement. Divorced, childless, and godless in the eyes of society, she is shunned. She reflects on the literature that has touched her life and helped her survive the Lebanese Civil War. 2013.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr DB79182

When Paris is invaded by the Nazis, Marie-Laure LeBlanc’s father evacuates her to St. Malo to stay with her great-uncle. Blind since the age of six, Marie-Laure must learn the town by the scale model her father has left. Then, the Germans arrive. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2014.

Redeployment by Phil Klay DB78988

Twelve stories about soldiers at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the personal wars they fight reintegrating into society at home. In the title story, a soldier who had to shoot dogs on the battlefield must readjust to life in suburban America. Violence. 2014.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights DB78386

Recounts the July 17, 1944, explosion on the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, that killed more than three hundred sailors. Discusses the response of survivors who refused to return to the dangerous work–an act the Navy considered a mutiny. For grades 6-9. 2014.

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Fall Classic book discussion Nov 13

By Ann | October 15, 2014


Fall Classic discusses The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in the Book Nook.  For the exact time, contact Nolan.crabb@gmail.com. Accessible World is sponsored by Helping Hands for the Blind.

Read DB43591.

Book Description:

A comprehensive edition of Twain’s 1885 tale about a boy who runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaping slave. Includes four episodes originally deleted from the first edition, an introduction by Twain biographer Justin Kaplan, and an addendum of explanatory and interpretive notes. Strong language. 1996.

 

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A Journey Through History book review Nov. 4

By Ann | October 10, 2014


ACCESSIBLE WORLD Presents A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY on November 4, 2014 9:00 PM EST. The group is reviewing ’EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: the concubine who launched modern china by Jung Chang.

DB77768

NLS Annotation-  Author of Mao (DB 61346) and Wild Swans (DB 34458) portrays the life of Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908). Chronicles her selection as concubine, orchestration of a coup that made her de facto ruler, reign during the Taiping and Boxer rebellions and an eight-country invasion, and implementation of sweeping reforms. 2013.

Approximately 20 minutes prior to the event start time; go to The History Room.

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Digital Book Author gets Noble Peace Prize Today

By Ann | October 10, 2014


Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the 2014 Noble Peace Prize today. They are both children’s rights activists who were awarded the prize at the Nobel Institute in Oslo. Read Malala’s book, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by theTaliban.

Request DB77454

Book Descriptive:
Memoir of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai (born 1997), who was the target of an assassination attempt by the Taliban in October 2012. Details her family’s crusade for girls’ education, the campaign of intimidation that culminated in her shooting, and her recovery. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2013.

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TEK TALK Victor Reader Stream Version 4.4

By Ann | October 8, 2014


NEWSWIRE: MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014

TEK TALK FEATURES MIKE TINDELL, NATIONAL PRODUCTS SPECIALIST, HUMANWARE, THE VICTOR READER STREAM VERSION 4.4 UPDATE

HumanWare is pleased to announce the immediate release of the latest free software update for the Victor Reader Stream, the world’s leading accessible media player and ebook reader.

The Victor Reader Stream version 4.4 update brings even more exciting new wireless features including online podcasts and wireless access to the NLS BARD service. Enjoy the ability to search and browse thousands of podcasts, subscribe with a single key press and have new episodes automatically downloaded wirelessly to the Stream. Users eligible for the NLS BARD library service will now be able to access over 50,000 digital books and magazines, searching by author or key word, by browsing over 100 categories, and via their own personal wish list that can be managed both on the Stream and through the NLS BARD web site.

Presenter: Mike Tindell,

National products specialist

Humanware

Date Monday October 13, 2014

Time: 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 6:00 p.m. Mountain, 7:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Eastern and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 12:00 GMT.

Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event start time; go to The Pat Price Tek Talk Training Room at:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

Or, alternatively.

Select The Pat Price Tek Talk Training Room at: www.accessibleworld.org

Enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen.

All Tek Talk training events are recorded so if you are unable to participate live at the above times then you may download the presentation or podcast from the Tek Talk archives on our website at www.accessibleworld.org

If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online conferencing software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to download and then run. A link to the software is available on every entry screen to the Accessible World online rooms.

All online interactive programs are free of charge, and open to anyone worldwide having an Internet connection, a computer, speakers, and a sound card. Those with microphones can interact audibly with the presenters and others in the virtual audience or text chat with the attendees. To speak to us, hold down the control key and talk; then let up to listen.

Accessible World uses News Wires, like this one, to inform people of the topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible World. The lists are announce only to keep the traffic to a minimum.

You can join the Accessible World Announce List, the Tek Talk Announce List by sending an email to subscribe to our one-way announce list at: awannouncements-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Accessible World also provides a Tek Talk Discussion List. This list is intended to give you an opportunity to ask computer related questions, suggest topics to be used in the weekly Monday training programs, or just to interact with others interested in using assistive devices to access computers. You may sign up for this list by selecting the Tek Talk Discussion link at the bottom of our first page of www.accessibleworld.org by completing the form.

Accessible World Contacts:

Robert Acosta, Chair

Accessible World

818-998-0044

Email: boacosta@pacbell.net

Web: www.helpinghands4theblind.org

Randi Shelton, Events Coordinator

Accessible WorldPhone:

412-221-08821

Email: rshelton820@gmail.com

Steve Hoffman, President

Talking Communities

Email: steve@talkingcommunities.com

The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by providing highly relevant information about new products, services, and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them

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