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NLS AUDIO MAGAZINES NOW ON DIGITAL CARTRIDGE: PLEASE REMEMBER TO RETURN THEM! In the spring of 2013 the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) launched its transition of the magazine program from cassettes to digital cartridge. As with books on digital cartridge, the magazines need to be returned. Please treat magazine cartridges the same as book cartridges: read your publications, return the cartridge to the red container, flip the mailing card on the container, and place it with your outgoing mail. Timely reading and returning of magazines will help NLS continue to provide the high-quality audio-magazine program. Enjoy your audio magazines but please remember to return them.

NEW APP BRINGS AUDIO AND BRAILLE BOOKS TO TALKING BOOK LIBRARY BARD READERS: BARD readers may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through a new free mobile application. BARD users will need to download the BARD app from the Apple App store. With BARD Mobile, patrons can play talking books and magazines on their iOS devices. Patrons may also read electronic braille books, magazines and music scores using a refreshable braille display connected to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through Bluetooth. Patrons will be able to receive their reading materials faster and won’t have to be weighted down with bulky volumes or playback equipment. BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

NLS Director Karen Keninger says, "The BARD Mobile app allows searching, downloading and reading braille and talking books and magazines on one fully accessible, mainstream device. It's a library in your pocket."

Center for the Book: Book Notes - The biannual newsletter of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library with information of interest to our readers.

Application Signatures: While we still prefer original applications through the mail, we are now permitted to accept faxed or electronic applications for library service. The application still must be signed (not stamped) by a "competent authority" certifying that the applicant has a qualifying condition. (For the definition of "competent authority" please see the Individual Application.) The information must be legible.

New Hampshire Downloadable Books through your Public Library:Talking Books patrons are invited to participate in the New Hampshire Downloadable Books (NHDB) service. You will need to have a valid library card from your local public library and in some cases you might need additional login information. If your local library is not a member of the NHDB consortium, contact Talking Books to have an account set up for you.

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