In 2009, the National Library Service began offering digital talking books and players to our readers. The digital talking book is a new type of book that replaces the cassette tape. Instead of a magnetic cassette tape, the new players use a USB Flash Drive embedded inside a hard plastic cartridge digital talking book.
The new format offers improved audio quality while being more durable and easier to use. These books, recorded and played using digital audio technology, provide the same high quality narration that NLS patrons have come to expect.
By law, TBBL gives priority service to veterans of the United States armed forces who have received honorable discharges from military service. Documentation that verifies a veteran's status, such as a copy of the DD-214 form, must be submitted to the library in order to give veterans priority in receiving the new digital player.
BARD - Braille and Audio Reading Download
Log in at this web address: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/cgi-bin/nlsbardprod/index.cgi
for the free Braille and Audio Reading Download program which includes over 21,000 downloadable digital talking books and over 40 digital magazines.
• Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Books
• Digital Talking Book Player and Cartridge - See pictures of the digital player and cartridge.
• NLS Flash - This is a bulletin about digital talking book news.