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BARD - Braille and Audio Reading Download

The National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) has the world's largest collection of digital audio books available for free download. Up to 30 books a month may be downloaded free of charge. Access to the NLS Download Pilot web site is restricted to authorized NLS readers.

Patrons must register for and receive a login id and password to access BARD. Patrons must have an e-mail address set up in their own name with their home address and must have high speed internet access.

Books can be downloaded in a zipped format to a computer and extracted to a USB drive or an NLS compatible flash memory card, which can be used in an NLS digital player. Players are freely loaned for extended periods from LBPH.

BARD Mobile is also available from both Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. Use BARD Mobile to download audio books or magazines directly to Apple or Android tablets and cellphones.

BARD books may also be played on commercially available NLS compatible players Victor Reader Stream.

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