Digital Talking Book Players

The NLS Digital Talking Book Player

Our library has an NLS digital talking book player available on loan for use with digital talking books from NLS. The NLS web site has a very good description and overview of the new player. If you would like a player please give us a call and we will send you one.

Keep Your NLS Player Running Smoothly

If you already have a player you can keep it updated with the latest features and problem fixes by downloading the latest digital talking book player software from http://www.loc.gov/nls/DTBM/. Read the page carefully and follow the instructions.

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Get a Blank DTB Cartridge to Play Downloads

If you have a player you can take advantage of downloading books and magazines from BARD or locally recorded materials from NOBLE and play them on your digital player using an NLS recommended digital cartridge. These cartridges are available for purchase from the following vendors:

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Third-Party for Purchase Players

As an alternative or for an additional player there are third-party devices that can be purchased. Please NOTE: The mention of a product or service here does not constitute endorsement by the library. Our intent is to increase an awareness of programs and items which may be helpful to our patrons. To use one of these players you will need to have an active BARD account so that you can download materials. Currently there are five devices available commercially that can play downloaded NLS books from BARD. The following NLS compatible players can be ordered by contacting:

Apex BrailleNote/VoiceNote by Humanware
Contact Indigo Logix in Durham –
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/products/blindness/braillenotes
1-877-282-2981 (toll free)
919-317-8960 (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)

Book Port Plus by American Printing House for the Blind
http://tech.aph.org/bt_info.htm
1-800-223-1839 (toll free)

BookSense by HIMS
http://www.hims-inc.com/products/booksense
1-888-520-4467

Braille Plus Mobile Manager by American Printing House for the Blind
http://www.aph.org/tech/pda_info.htm
1-800-223-1839 (toll free)

Icon by LevelStar
http://www.levelstar.com
Contact by email only - http://www.levelstar.com/contact-us

Milestone by Bones, Inc.
Contact Perkins Products –
http://www.perkinsproducts.org
617-972-7308

PlexTalk Pocket by Shinano Kenshi Corporation
http://www.plextalk.com/americas/
310-693-7600

Victor Reader Stream by Humanware
Contact Indigo Logix in Durham –
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home
1-877-282-2981 (toll free)
919-317-8960 (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)

Please note that although the players are compatible to play NLS books they still require an encryption key to actually play the books that is supplied by the manufacturer to you through email, either after setting up a new BARD account or adding a player to an existing BARD account. Once your player is set up for BARD, check out NOBLE and download local recordings.

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Third-Party Player Tip Sheets

Some quick tips for helping you use you third-party player

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Digital Player Case

A case specifically designed for the NLS digital talking book player is made by Executive Products. The case is water-resistant and durable. It fits snuggly around your unit, and has a storage zipper compartment for cartridges. It fits the advanced and standard players. It is available from:

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