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BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

About BARD

The BARD program is the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled's free digital book download service. Digital books, digital magazine titles, music books and scores, and braille books are available in BARD with new items added daily. You can use BARD to listen to books on your phone or tablet by downloading the free BARD Mobile app, or you can use your personal computer to download books from the BARD website or through BARD Express. You can then load these books onta a thumb drive and play them on a digital talking book player.

To qualify for BARD, one must first have an active Nevada Talking Book Services account, be in good standing, have an e-mail address, and a high-speed Internet connection. Downloading books or magazines from BARD also requires some computer expertise.

BARD Instruction

This video will give you step-by-step instructions on how to download books from BARD. Or link to our written instructions.

BARD Mobile iOS Application

NTBS patrons with a BARD account may download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The BARD Mobile app is available through the Apple iTunes Store. This free app allows readers to download audio and braille books from their NLS BARD accounts and play them on these devices.

BARD Mobile Android Application

NTBS patrons can access audio books and magazines from an Android smartphone or tablet. Download the free app from Google play site.

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