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There's More than One Way to Read a Book

BARD Mobile logoBARD MOBILE APP IS ACTIVE!

BARD Mobile is an app that allows registered Talking Books Services patrons to download audio and Braille books to their personal mobile iOS devices- iPods, iPads, and iPhones. BARD Mobile will operate on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS version 4.3 or later. This includes the iPhone 3GS and all later iPhones, all iPads, and fourth generation or later iPod touches. Connectivity to a wireless carrier or a Wi-Fi provider is required to download material from BARD.

Use of BARD Mobile is restricted to eligible TBS patrons who have a BARD account. If you are not currently a patron of Talking Books Services, please read about the TBS eligibility requirements and learn about signing up for service.

For current patrons interested in using BARD and BARD Mobile, visit the BARD website. If you are not registered to use BARD yet, click on the BARD Application instructions link, and then the Link to BARD Application for Individuals. Fill out the application and submit it. You will receive an email verifying your acceptance and a temporary password to log in to BARD.

For Braille users: If you want to read Braille books with BARD Mobile, you'll need a Braille display. Be sure to read Section 7 of the user guide, as it explains how to configure your display and provides keystrokes that make reading Braille a smooth experience.

For more detailed information on using BARD Mobile visit the User Guide provided by the National Library Service.

To get the free BARD Mobile app, go to the iTunes app store.

Talking Books News


2012 Braille Calendars
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:09

2012 Braille calendars are now available. Contact TBS (1-800-922-7818) to get one today. Limited supplies available.

 
Descriptive Videos
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Monday, 29 August 2011 11:06

Descriptive DVDs and VHS videocasstttes are available to blind and visually impaired TBS patrons.  Patrons may check out up to two DVDs and four videocassettes at a time. Videos are charged out for one week. Click the "Descriptive Videos" link under Search the Collection in the left column of this page to see what's available.

 
Local Blind Author Receives National Writing Award
Written by Curtis Rogers   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:35

Columbia resident Carmella Broome, author of Carmella’s Quest: Taking on College Sight Unseen, published by Red Letter Press, is the 2011 recipient of the Ned E. Freeman Excellence in Writing Award.  This award is presented annually at the American Council of the Blind’s national convention. Ms. Broome received this award for an article she wrote about partnering with the South Carolina State Library’s Talking Books Services department to record her book so that it could be enjoyed in audio format by blind readers.

Her article, In My Own Voice: the Carmella's Quest Collaboration, was published in the March issue of the American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) monthly magazine, The Braille Forum. “I used this experience to encourage readers to think outside the box if there is something they want to accomplish that might be possible with a little creativity,” Ms. Broome explains.

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