Talking Books Plus

Fiction Old and New book discussion May 12

By Ann | April 17, 2015


On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm the Fiction, Old and New discussion group will be talking about The Children Act by Ian McEwan. 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 DB079856.

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

British High Court judge Fiona Maye is reeling from her husband’s announcement that he plans to have an affair after thirty years of marriage. Meanwhile, she must rule on the case of a seventeen-year-old cancer patient who is refusing life-saving treatment because he and his parents are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2014.

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2015 RI Teen Book Award

By Ann | April 13, 2015


RI Teens voted both Eleanor and Park and Steelheart  winners of the 2015 RI Teen Book Award. Runner up is Tiger Lily.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell DB76406 1986. Narrated by Jill Fox. 8 hours, 54 minutes.

Book description: After socially painful circumstances toss Eleanor and Park together, they form an unlikely–and extraordinary–romance. Although the two sixteen-year-olds know that the odds of remaining together forever are slim, they find the courage to try. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson DB77602. Narrator: Graham Halstead.  13 hours, 17 minutes.

Book description: When David was eight, his father was killed by Steelheart, a human turned supervillain otherwise known as an Epic. Ten years later David joins the Reckoners, ordinary humans determined to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2013

The Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson DB21246  Narrator: Pam Ward. 15 hours, 54 minutes.

Book description:  Sabrina, a beautiful and wealthy Texas heiress at the turn of the nineteenth century, cannot decide whether she really loves Brett, whom she adored as a girl. Her passionate ambivalence plays them both into the hands of certain death. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1985.

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National Library Week April 12-18

By Ann | April 13, 2015


Celebrate what Talking Books Plus library (TBP), an affiliate of NLS, provides TBP members in downloadable titles from BARD.  The following came from BARDtalk, one of those independent, unlimited possibilities-

Celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015) with the theme “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

David Baldacci, honorary chair

First sponsored in 1958.

 

 

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Fantasy Book Discussion April 28

By Ann | April 9, 2015


On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 9 pm the Fantasy Book discussion group will be talking about Elfland by Freda Warrington. 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 DB070883

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

Rosie Fox and other Aetherials are denied their fairy heritage after Lawrence Wilder closes the Great Gates to the Otherworld realm. Rosie, who is drawn to Wilder’s two sons Jon and Sam, must choose to become mortal or fight for her birthright. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2009.

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New Digital Book Reader released

By Ann | April 9, 2015


Below is a press release regarding the “next generation Digital Book Reader: Blaze ET ” that claims to have “all the functionality of NLS books.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Dave Wilkinson

Phone: (888) 520-4467

Email: dave@hims-inc.com

4616 W Howard Lane, Suite 960, Austin, TX 78728

HIMS Inc. Releases Next Generation Digital Book Reader: Blaze ET, and will be discussing it on Tek Talk on April 13

Austin, TX – April 7, 2014

Following on the success of the Blaze EZ, HIMS Inc. recently announced the release of Blaze ET, their latest digital book reader.

The Blaze ET has all the functionality of the Blaze EZ including OCR, WIFI, Bluetooth, Internet radio, pod casts, NLS and Bookshare books — along with numerous other book, document and audio content formats. The Blaze ET also features a keypad which allows for a familiar user interface, the ability to unzip and move files, an optional dictionary, and much more – all at an extremely attractive price.

HIMS Regional Manager and lifelong assistive technology user Dave Wilkinson will be on Tek Talk Monday, April 13, to demonstrate the power and flexibility of the Blaze ET.

To learn more about HIMS blindness and low vision products, visit HIMS at www.hims-inc.com or call 888-520-4467 to speak to a product specialist.

Date: Monday April 13, 2015

Time: 5 pm Pacific time: 6 pm mountain time; 7 pm central time; 8 pm eastern time

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

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

To speak to us, hold down the control key and talk then let up to listen.

You can also text chat with us by using f8.

All of our programs are recorded and can be downloaded from our archives on: www.accessibleworld.org

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A Journey Through History book discussion May 5

By Ann | April 9, 2015


On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9 pm A Journey Through History discussion group will be talking about The Victorian Internet: the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth century’s on-line pioneers by Tom Standage. 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 DB047958

Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog

History of the invention of the telegraph, which was the technological marvel of its time. Describes how the machine changed the way the world operated, including its direct effects on warfare, espionage, and love affairs. Provides anecdotes about the inventors, hackers, and cheats.

 

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Wrong issue listed in TBT March April forms

By Ann | April 8, 2015


In the large-print edition of the Talking Book Topics March–April 2015, the Adults and Children’s order forms are incorrectly labeled as January–February 2015. This error does not affect the audio or online versions of the magazine. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this oversight may have caused.

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NLS Director guest blogger on LOC

By Ann | April 8, 2015


Today, National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)  director Karen Keninger is a guest blogger on the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (LOC) BLOG.

In her post, Keninger discusses the braille and talking book program’s public education campaign. You may access the full article by clicking on the link below:

That All May Read

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March 2015 Bestsellers List

By Ann | April 7, 2015


The March 2015 Bestsellers List has been posted.

BACKGROUND

The list compiled monthly by NLS combines information taken from the bestseller lists of the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Bestsellers are included in the report when they appear on one of the above bestseller lists for a month or more.

Once a title appears in the report with an NLS book number, it will not appear on future reports.

The acronyms used for newspapers and book clubs in the NLS bestseller report are:

Code Source

LAT Los Angeles Times
NYT New York Times
WP Washington Post

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Mystery Book Discussion Group April 26

By Ann | April 6, 2015


On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 9 pm the Mystery Book discussion group will be talking about Mallory’s Oracle by Carol o”Connell. 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 DB040108

Note: As of April 6, 2015, this book can be downloaded or contact Talking Books Plus for a Duplication Request. This title is not on the shelf for regular mailing yet.
Below is a description of the book taken from the RI Talking Books Plus Catalog –
Kathleen Mallory has a desk job with the Special Crimes Section of the New York Police Department. When her adoptive father, detective Louis Markowitz, is killed, his body is found near the third victim of an apparent serial murderer of wealthy Gramercy Park women. Mallory goes on leave but takes over the case and finds that her prey is unpredictable and very clever. Strong language. 1994.

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