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Background
Recorded materials loaned free (by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress), are available on digital talking-book cartridges. Digital recordings require specially designed playback equipment that is loaned free to eligible individuals and institutions.

Every patron is allowed to have one Digital book machine (either Standard or Advanced).

Your playback equipment comes with both recorded, large print, and Braille instructions. If you have questions regarding the instructions, call your reader advisor. Please keep the box in which your machine arrived. DO NOT THROW AWAY THE BOX OR THE RETURN CARD THAT IS ATTACHED. You may need to return your machine at some point if it breaks.

Recorded books from TBBL will only play on the equipment provided. This special format protects the copyright.

The Playback Equipment

Digital Standard Player
• Plays NLS digital talking books;
• Has eight controls;
• Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
• Is portable;
• Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
• Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital machine.

Digital Advanced Player
• Plays NLS digital talking books;
• Has thirteen controls, including a row of controls for setting and retrieving bookmarks and navigating through the structured levels of a book;
• Includes a variable speed control that permits speeding up or slowing down playback speed without changing the pitch;
• Is portable;
• Is equipped with a rechargeable battery and an electrical cord; and
• Includes built-in audio instructions for using the digital player.

Additional Information:

Bookshelf
Braille and Audio Reading Download (Bard)
Computer Expertise
Digital Talking Books
NLS Type Digital Cartridge
Returning Your Machine
Standard USB Flash Drives



Returning Your Machine

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What happens if your player breaks? Like all equipment, it will eventually need service. If your machine malfunctions, as with any problem or question, don't worry. Simply contact your reader advisor.

If your reader advisor is unable to correct the problem over the phone, you will be instructed to return the machine to the Library and we will send a replacement machine right away. If you still have the original box, just place the machine in that box, turn the mailing label over so the notched edge is in the upper right hand corner, and place it in the mail. If you no longer have the original box and mailing label, then use any available box to return the machine and use newspapers to pad it.

Again, the postage is free. The important thing to remember is to call us if you are experiencing any difficulties with your machine or if a replacement is necessary. Please do not attempt to repair a machine on your own. It is much easier simply to request a new one.

 


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