Maine State Library Announces a New Apple App for the Braille and Talking-Book Program

September 26, 2013

Chris Boynton
Maine State Library Outreach Services
(207)287-5620

Maine State Library Outreach Services is pleased to announce a new Apple App for the Braille and Talking -Book Program. People who are registered with the program, which is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), can use this app to download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. NLS is working on an app for Android devices.

The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store. The BARD app allows readers to download audio and braille books from their NLS BARD account to their mobile devices.

For more information about this app, see the full article: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-167.html

Talking Books is a federally-funded program which provides recorded books and special players free to persons who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped (cannot hold a book) or who have a doctor-certified reading disability. This program is administered by the Maine State Library and funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Maine State Library Outreach Services also arranges with the Perkins School for the Blind to have Braille library materials provided directly to eligible Maine residents without cost to users.

For more information about the Maine State Library Talking Books and Braille programs, visit the website http://www.maine.gov/msl/outreach/lbph/index.shtml