NLS Digital Player

In this section are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the NLS Digital Talking Book player. For how to get a player or use it in general, check out the Digital Talking Book player section.

Digital Talking Book Player Questions

How do I navigate around a book?

Navigating around a book depends on the type of player you have:

DS1 – Navigating a book or magazine using a DS1 is simple and straightforward, but limited to just the  <Fast-forward> or <Rewind> buttons.  Holding down one of these buttons the player will announce the amount of time going forward or backwards and when it finds a chapter marker it will make an audible beep that will tell you that you have come to a new chapter.

DA1 – Navigating a book using DA1 offers, in addition to the DS1 navigation, many more ways to navigate around a book or magazine. Many non-fiction books (such as cookbooks and the Bible) and some fiction have additional navigation beyond just chapters. Here's how to navigate using these other "levels" on the DA1:

  1. Set the way you want to navigate by choosing from the sections or what NLS calls “levels” listed using the <Menu> button
  2. Then use the <Previous> or <Next> buttons, on either side of the <Menu> button, to move to the next testament, chapter, recipe, etc.

A couple of levels of navigation can be confusing:

  1. Phrase is a level of navigation used as an indicator of a cassette side for recordings that originated on recorded cassette. These are generally 88-minute jumps (the length of a cassette side) and may be useful on recordings that have been converted from analog cassette tape.
  2. Bookmark –Can create a bookmark at any time while listening to book.  This can be useful for marking a place in a book for later reference or if you choose to listen to another book but want to come back a place in a book you are currently reading.
    • To set a book mark press the <Mark> button once. You will then hear “bookmark inserted”. Pressing the <Mark> button again will remove the bookmark and the player will say “bookmark removed.”
    • To find your bookmarks use the <Menu> button and go through levels to get to "bookmark" level.  Then press the <Previous> or <Next> buttons to go to the desired place.  You will also hear the time elapsed in the book before starting to play at the bookmarked section.

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How do I navigate by type of book?

The following are only examples or representations using some of the more popular book types with multiple kinds of navigation.

Bibles and Religious texts

The Bible, DB68777—Use the menu button to navigate between levels.  The Bible is marked up to navigate by:

  • Front Matter (Table of Contents, Introduction)
  • Testament – NLS Level 1
  • Book – NLS Level 2
  • Chapter – NLS Level 3
  • Phrase
  • Bookmark

Note on the Book of Psalms - this is found at the "Book" level. Once you have navigated by "Book" to the Book of Psalms (or Psalms) you can then jump by a level called "Psalm" within this section.

Cookbooks

The Conscious Cook, DB70667Use the menu button to navigate between levels. Most cookbooks have 3 main levels of navigation, but readers often mark favorite recipes and sections, which adds one more level:

  • Chapter
  • Section
  • Recipe
  • Bookmark

A Handbook, Guide or Instruction Manual

Fieldbook, DB70166, 4th ed. of Boy Scout manual - Use the menu button to navigate between levels. This work has 5 main levels:

  • Front Matter –goes to Back Matter (Credits)
  • Part
  • Chapter
  • Section
  • Subsection
  • Unit

Short Story Collections

Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour, DB64324 -  - Use the menu button to navigate between levels. Most short story and other collections of writngs have 3 main levels:

  • Front Matter
  • Chapter
  • Story

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What kinds of audio can I play?

The NLS Digital Talking Book player will play ANSI/NISO Z39.86 and DAISY 2.0 standards that are the format of NLS digital talking books. Digital Talking Books are recorded in AMR-WB+ format. It will also play common non-proprietary audio formats, MP3, MPEG, RIFF, WAV. If you wish to "play" these common formats, place these audio files in a folder named "audio+podcasts". This will allow the player to read them. Please note that files other than digital talking books will have no navigation within them and the player will only announce the file in number order in the folder. You can use a convention of letters and numbers to name these files and put them in order. The player will only use these to order things but will not actually announce them. More complicated indexing structures such as, ID3 tags, will not work with the player. The player is intended only to play NLS digital talking books. Any other audio use is incidental.

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How do I play other kinds of audio?

If you wish to "play" MP3, MPEG, RIFF, WAV formats, place these audio files in a folder named "audio+podcasts". This will allow the player to read them. Please note that files other than digital talking books will have no navigation within them and the player will only announce the file in number order in the folder. You can use a convention of letters and numbers to name these files and put them in order. The player will only use these to order things but will not actually announce them. More complicated indexing structures such as, ID3 tags, will not work with the player. The player is intended only to play NLS digital talking books and the ability to play other audio formats is coincidental.

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