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HathiTrust and National Federation of the Blind Collaborate

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Cassette Conversion to Digital Update

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The conversion of books from the analog cassette collection (RC) into digital audio (DB), which has been underway for more than ten years, is entering its final stages. Except for a small number of medical and scientific works that were excluded as obsolete, every usable analog cassette book will be converted. Because the procedure is […]

BARD Mobile app for iOS devices 1.1

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The BARD Mobile app for iOS devices, version 1.1, is now available at the App Store. This updated version of the app includes the following features: Built-in sleep timer New setting that keeps device from sleeping while download is in progress Add to wish list directly from details screen Enhanced braille search function Improved VoiceOver […]

BARD Mobile app for Android devices 1.0.2

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The BARD Mobile app for Android devices version 1.0.2, is now available at the Amazon Appstore for patrons who wish to install it on a Kindle Fire device. Note that only second-generation Kindle Fire devices are equipped to run the BARD Mobile app. A list of acceptable Kindle devices is below, however, not all of these […]

BARD Mobile app for Android devices

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The BARD Mobile application for Android devices, version 1.0, is now available at the Google Play store. The BARD Mobile app enables TBP/NLS members to download audiobooks and audio magazines directly to their Android devices, provided they have BARD accounts and are using devices running Android OS 4.1 or later. The user guide is available from […]

BARD down May 8 morning

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

TO: All BARD users From: NLS BARD is in need of more memory, so NLS are going to take down the service on Friday in order to install another disk drive. BARD will not be available from 9:20 AM until 11:20 AM Eastern time, Friday May 8 2015. BARD will return in plenty of time for […]

New Digital Book Reader released

Thursday, April 9th, 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 […]

BARD unavailable Feb 8 morning

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Alert Message from BARD Operations TO: All BARD users A memory chip needs to be replaced on BARD, so the site will be unavailable for three hours on Sunday, February 8 2015. The outage will begin at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. If everything goes as planned, BARD will be back in service at 12:00 PM. […]

National News October December 2014

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

News is a publication of the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS.) The October-December 2014, Vol. 46, No. 4 issue features – Blind Pianist Justin Kauflin and his use of the Music collection of NLS; Blind Author, Sue Martin who shares her story about rehabilitation from sight to blindness and raises awareness of […]

BARD Login Page Updated

Friday, September 5th, 2014

NLS says it has “improved the BARD login page. When you go to this page, focus now goes directly to the edit box where you type in your email address. This means you should immediately be able to press Enter if your screen reader requires it and type in your email address without having to first […]

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