Talking Books – Ordering
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1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
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The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), The Library of Congress, produces full-length audio books and magazines. The scope of the collection is similar to that of a public library; it contains bestsellers, biographies, classics, mysteries, romances, westerns, poetry, histories and how-to books. There are a limited number of titles in Spanish and other languages for readers whose primary language is not English. Catalogs and bibliographies in a variety of formats are available for book and magazine selection for patrons.
Print/Braille books have the same text in print and Braille on pages facing each other. Print/Braille books enable blind and sighted readers to share the experience of reading a book together. Selected titles are available for pre-school through Grade 6 levels.
Digital Talking Books
Talking books currently produced by NLS are available on digital cartridge. These cartridges, approximately the same size as an audiocassette, hold an entire book. Digital talking books are used with a lightweight, portable, and durable player designed to enhance the reading experience.
How to Order Books
Online Catalog: https://flopac.klas.com/
Anyone can visit the website to search the catalog of available materials. Registered Florida customers can also place orders for books at the website. To order online, you must first contact us to set up a username and password.
Braille and Audio Reading Downloads (BARD)
Through this service, our patrons can download nearly all of our materials. Audio books and magazines can be downloaded and loaded onto a flash drive and then played on the NLS provided digital talking book player. Braille materials can be downloaded for use with a refreshable Braille display. BARD is now available for iOS devices. Patrons can download the BARD Mobile app from the Apple App Store for free and listen to audio materials on their iOS device (i.e. iPad or iPhone). Click here to access the BARD website.
The Library of Congress has a series of video tutorials available on how to use BARD:
BARD for Android is here!
Now available in the Google Play store for your Android phones and tablets. Click here to find a user guide in plain text.
Catalogs and Bibliographies
Catalogs are mailed out bimonthly to inform patrons about new books and magazines added to the collection. These catalogs can be used to select and order reading materials. Recorded book customers usually receive Talking Book Topics, while Braille readers most often subscribe to Braille Book Review.