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Braille & Talking Book Program | Equipment

Equipment

Special equipment is needed to play the recorded books supplied on extended loan free of charge to active patrons.

Standard Cassette Player (C-1)

Cassette Player with book on tapesAll the playback equipment and accessories have been designed for easy operation by disabled readers. All playback equipment is loaned to you free of charge for as long as you are actively borrowing books. We allow each patron one (1) cassette player. In order to play talking book cassettes, you will need special playback equipment. This is because our talking book cassettes are not recorded the same way that commercial cassettes are recorded.

The machine has a built-in, re-chargeable battery pack that allows for up to six hours of operation without being plugged into a standard electrical outlet. Talking book cassette machines are players ONLY. They do NOT record.


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Digital Player

All the playback equipment and accessories have been designed for easy operation by disabled readers. All playback equipment is loaned to you free of charge for as long as you are actively borrowing books. We allow each patron one (1) digital player.

    Digital Player with cartridge
  • Plays digital talking books including NLS and Daisy
  • Plays digital audio files including MAR-WB+, MP3 and WAV
  • Standard machine has eight controls
  • Advanced machine has thirteen controls, including bookmarking features
  • Variable speed control
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable battery and electrical cord
  • Built-in audio instructions for using player

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Accessories

Contact the Braille and Talking Book Program to request more information about the following accessories.

Headphones

Cassette and Digital Players are equipped with headphone jacks. Headphones are not, however, automatically furnished with your machines. If you live under circumstances where you need headphones to listen your talking books, you will need to buy your own. For the Cassette Player you need to select monaural headphones with a one-quarter inch headphone jack (large). The Digital Players will work with any other average headphone jack (small).

Pillow Speaker

A pillow speaker is placed under your pillow and is normally heard only by you. Pillow speakers are only available for readers confined to bed.

Amplifiers

An amplifier/headphone combination that will produce sounds up to 130 decibels is available for reader with severe hearing loss. A special application form (available from your Reader Advisor) is necessary and must be signed by a physician or licensed audiologist.

The application has details about the possible need for a doctor's permission and what special precautions are necessary to prevent injury. These units are supplied at no charge directly by NLS.

Remote Control Unit

Readers confined to bed or who have very limited mobility may request a remote control unit. It turns playback equipment on and off, but it will not control other functions such as volume and speed. Remote control units require a separate application (available from your Reader Advisor). Once the application form is filled out, mail it directly to the address located at the top of the application. These units are supplied at no charge directly by NLS.

Finger Levers

Finger levers are for readers who have difficulty manipulating the key controls on a Standard Cassette Machine (C-1). They attach to the key controls of the cassette machine.


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Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan Draft

The Strategic Plan Draft PDF Download is also available in braille and audio formatsPDF Download. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor. Comments about the Strategic Plan may be sent to Colleen Kirby at email Email or you may call her at 1-800-423-6665, option 6.


Prairie Trails Memorandum

 Volume 9, Issue 2 | Fall 2014
Articles include "Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan", "Time for a Movie", "Subscribing to Magazines on BARD", "Currency Readers", "Cassette Service Deadline", "Prairie Bud & Pasque Children's Book Awards" and "New Fax Number"

Also available in PDF download PDF Download, MP3 download MP3 Download


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