The National Library Service is in the process of upgrading the Talking Book format. For many years Talking Books were only available on cassette, but NLS is pleased to now offer Talking Books in digital format. The Talking Book Center began giving out digital players to patrons at the end of 2009. The new players are smaller, lighter, more durable, and have improved user functions and sound quality. Books are recorded on plastic cartridges using flash memory technology.
Digital Talking Books are also available for download, via the BARD website. Please see the BARD section below for more information.
If you are a patron of the Talking Book Center and are interested in receiving a digital player, please contact the Center at 1-800-531-2063. Patrons are welcome to continue using the cassette players and cassette Talking Books as well, although new cassette production has ceased.
The Talking Book Center has two digital players on display. Patrons and the public are invited to come visit the Center and try out the new players. If you would like to host a digital Talking Books presentation, please call us at 1-800-531-2063. Staff members are happy to schedule demonstrations for staff meetings, clubs, organizations, or other interested groups.