Go to the change BARD user ID and password page.
On this page, you can enter a new password. You will need to enter it twice to confirm it. If the two entries don't match exactly, the new password won't be accepted.
Your password must contain:
Once your new password is accepted, you will receive an e-mail message confirming that you have changed your password.
To recover a lost or forgotten password yourself, direct your web browser to the reset your lost password page and fill out the form. You will be prompted to answer a question which you set during your initial log in. You will receive an e-mail message with a new, temporary password. That temporary password will be valid until you successfully log in and change it.
If you have not previously set a secret question and answer, you will need to send an e-mail to NLSDownload@loc.gov asking for your password to be reset. You will receive an e-mail message with a temporary password.
As of March 2012, there are more than twenty-five thousand books available. This number increases weekly.
NLS will add every new digital book (braille and audio) it produces once it has met the quality standards. NLS also continues to convert many older books to digital format.
Soon NLS will be adding digital books submitted by other agencies.
NLS-produced books are added to the downloadable collection soon after they have been approved to be added to the general collection. Books submitted by other agencies will be added soon after they are submitted.
While NLS always makes an effort to offer the complete book series, some books in a series are not available in a digital form. NLS will convert these missing books from analog recordings when possible.
NLS-produced magazine issues must meet strict quality-control standards held by NLS. In some cases, individual issues can be held up by production problems that cause them not to meet these standards. NLS works with its magazine producers to solve problems as quickly as possible so the magazine issue can be posted to the website.
Please report the problem—including the title, author, prefix, and five-digit number of the book—to NLSDownload@loc.gov. In the case of digital talking books, your player can tell you the time elapsed as of your current reading position. If possible, please include this information in your message. Listing the five-digit book number and its prefix in your message’s subject line is also helpful.
All NLS-produced materials are available at your library on another medium.
NLS will begin adding items to the downloadable collection that it did not produce. Many of these items may not be available at your NLS library. However, your library may be able to get a copy of some materials it does not have for you through interlibrary loan. Contact your library for more information.
Special collection materials, such as music and foreign-language books, also may not be available at your NLS library. Contact the NLS Music Section at email@example.com to request special format music materials. Foreign-language materials can be obtained by your NLS library through interlibrary loan.
Your library's collection is far more extensive than the downloadable collection. NLS continues to add materials to the downloadable collection, including all its newly produced titles. However, the absence of a title in the downloadable collection does not mean the item is not available at all. You should check your library's catalog or the NLS catalog.
All books currently selected by NLS are produced in digital format. Check the NLS catalog: if a book is listed as IN PROCESS, it will appear on the BARD site when production and quality checks have been completed.
Thousands of older audiobook titles have been selected for conversion from analog to digital format. This is a long-term project. Some older books are unsuitable for conversion and must be re-recorded or, in some cases, removed from the conversion list (books long out of print and prohibitively expensive, for example); these books will continue to be available on cassette, but may not ever become available as digital talking books.
It is useful to contact your network library if you think you have discovered a title missing from a series, a duplication, or some other kind of inconsistency. The information will be forwarded to appropriate NLS staff for action.
BARD is not a books-on-request service, but, following long-standing NLS policy, patrons are encouraged to bring their reading needs to the attention of NLS by contacting their regional or subregional library. The librarians will then query NLS and report back to the patron.
At this time, NLS plans to keep magazine issues available indefinitely.
The easiest way to find a book is to use the "Search the collection" field on the BARD main page. Enter a word or two that relates to the title, author, or subject you are interested in. *You will receive more targeted results if you put an exact phrase from the title or the exact title in quotes. Or, you can browse the entire NLS catalog by author, title, or subject using the links provided.
Use the "Search the collection" field, entering as many words of the title as you can. All the words you enter must appear in the title, so do not use words unless you are certain they are part of the book's title.
You can also search for a specific author by putting the author's name in quotation marks. Include the author's last name, a comma, a space, and the first name such as: "Shakespeare, William."
Enter the narrator's name, first name first, into the "Search the collection" box. Or, enter the book's five-digit book number into the "Search the collection" box.
How do I search by book number?
Enter the book’s five-digit book number into the “Search the collection” box. When looking for a book in a particular format, i.e. braille or audio, enter the prefix and the five-digit book number into the “Search the collection” box.
There are two good places to check: the first is on your desktop and the second is in your documents folder.
Each web browser handles downloads slightly differently. In most cases unless you set a default location for downloads, you will be asked with each download where you would like to save it.
Many users choose to create a "My downloads" folder inside their documents folder and use that as the default destination for downloads.
Microsoft Internet Explorer will automatically default to the place you specified during your previous download.
To set your default location for downloads in Firefox, choose "Options" from the "Tools" menu. On the main tab, you can specify a default location by choosing the radio button called "Save files to" and entering a directory name in the entry field.
If you know how to search your computer for files and folders you can always search "DB-" (without quotes) to locate audiobooks and "BR-" (without quotes) to locate braille books.
Digital braille volumes are available by accessing the collection through the online catalog and through the HTML web version of Braille Book Review.
Accessing braille volumes through the online catalog
To access digital braille volumes through the online catalog, users should follow these steps:
Accessing braille volumes through the online version of Braille Book Review
To access digital braille volumes through the online version of Braille Book Review, users should follow these steps:
This depends on how your player handles multiple books. If you are using a third-party player, please see your player's documentation for the answer to this question.
If you are using the NLS player, the "bookshelf mode" of the player allows you to have multiple books on a cartridge. To make use of this mode, put each book in its own folder on your cartridge.
To enter bookshelf mode on your NLS player, hold down the "play" button until you hear the player go into bookshelf mode. Release the play button. Now you can use the arrows at each end of the play button to move to the books that are available. When you hear the title you wish to read, simply hit the play button.
If you have further questions about using your NLS player to play multiple books, please contact the library that loaned the player to you. Note: All files must be in the proper format (digital audio) to be read with the NLS players; the players will not recognize .brf (braille) files.
Open the .zip file you downloaded to your computer. There are several popular software packages that handle this function. If you are using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X, this function is built-in.
When using a Windows-based computer, select all of the files by simultaneously pressing "control" and "A." Copy the files to the clipboard by pressing "control" and "C." Navigate to your thumb drive, cartridge, or 3rd party SD card and paste the files with "control" and "V" into the appropriate directory.
On a Macintosh, use the "command" key instead of the control key.
This can be caused by three things:
Not at this time.
How do I read digital braille books?
There are a variety of devices that users can use to read digital braille materials. Web-Braille files may be read online or may be downloaded for offline reading or embossing with a braille display, braille-aware notetaker, or braille embosser. Zipped files must always be unzipped before being read.
Please send a message to NLSDownload@loc.gov stating you wish to unsubscribe. Please include your e-mail address and your first and last name.
Yes. Please send a message to NLSDownload@loc.gov when you want your subscription suspended. You will have to send another message to have your subscription turned back on.
The NLS BARD Mobile application is free to download from the online App Store, but only eligible NLS patrons can use it. You must have a previously established Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) account (user name and password) to download and read materials.
Anything that is available on BARD is available for download, however materials must be downloaded from either your personal BARD wish list or the Recently Added Books and Magazines list.
The BARD Mobile application for iOS can be used with any iOS device that runs a 4.3 or later operating system. Specifically that means a 3Gs or later iPhone, a 4th or 5th generation iPod touch, and/or any iPad.
From the device you wish to install BARD Mobile on, go to the App store app and enter the words “bard mobile” in the search text field. Once you find the app, select the Install button. The NLS BARD Mobile application will install on your device.
No. The device will register itself the first time you log in to BARD Mobile using your BARD user name and password.
1. Immediately change your BARD password
If you lose your device, the first thing you should do is change your BARD password using a web browser. This will prevent anyone using the mobile app on the lost phone from logging in and downloading any further books using your account. You will need to re-log in using your new password from any other mobile device.
2. Report your lost device to your library
Report your lost device to your library. Make sure to include your BARD login ID, the type of device it was, and the date you started using it (if you can remember). The library will use this information to delete the device from your account. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to contact your library.
Open a web browser from your device and go to nlsbard.loc.gov. Select the link to the BARD application instructions. From the BARD application instructions page select Link to BARD application for individuals. You will be presented with a drop-down list of network libraries. Choose your library from the list and then select the Submit button.
Fill in all of the information in the application. Note that the field labeled “Please select the type of player you will be using” is for users of 3rd party talking-book players and/or braille notetakers. You do not need to select anything from this list. Submit your application.
Once your application is processed by your network library, you will be e-mailed a temporary password. You must login to BARD, using a web browser and change your password before logging into BARD Mobile.
There are many resources available for using iOS devices. Here are a few free resources to get you started.
Webpage: 20 Quick Tips to Get You Started with Your First iPhone
Video Tutorial: Phone Capabilities Of The iPhone 5
Video Tutorial: Introduction To The iPhone 5
There are also several resources available for a fee.
Getting Started with the iPhone and iOS 5 for Blind Users, by Anna Dresner with
Dean Martineau http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/IPHONE-IOS5.html, $22
iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th Edition, by David Pogue
The BARD Mobile application does not have a built in sleep timer. NLS is considering adding this function to a future release of the app but for now you can use the timer that comes standard on all iOS devices.
From the Home screen, select and activate the clock application. Select the timer tab. Select the “When timer ends” button just below the center of the screen on an iPhone and just above the tabs on an iPad. Then select Stop Playing from the “When timer ends” list. Note that Stop Playing is at the very bottom of the list. Select the Set button from the top right corner.
Set the timer for the desired time and then select the Start button. Close out of the clock application and continue reading your book. When the time has elapsed, BARD Mobile will stop playing your book.
Note that once you have the timer app set to Stop Playing, you can activate the timer using Siri.
Applications are limited by iOS in what they can do while in the background. BARD Mobile can continue playing an audiobook, but not download.
In some long lists of items, such as those in Recently Added Titles, there are More info buttons. If you select one of these buttons, a details screen will appear displaying more information about the book. If you then press the back button in the upper left corner of the screen, you will be returned to the long list. At this point, the VoiceOver focus is on the “get books, back” button. If you flick right, go past the heading, and enter the list from the top of the screen, the display will jump to the top and you will be on the first item of the list. If instead you don’t flick but touch the very center of the screen, the focus will go to the point (or very near the point) from which you left the list.
Video Tutorial: VoiceOver Screen Navigation on the iPhone 4S
Video Tutorial: Gestures With Voiceover On The iphone 4S
App Tutorial: LookTel VoiceOver Tutorial
The BARD Mobile user guide is available from the bookshelf in the app, under Help. It is also available in an HTML version online at nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.current.html
Contact your local braille and talking-book library for additional assistance.
last updated: 09/26/2013
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