BARD - Braille and Audio Reading Download
The National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) has the world’s largest collection of digital audio books
available for free download. Up to 30 books a month may be downloaded free of charge. Access to the
NLS Download Pilot web site is restricted to authorized NLS readers. Patrons must register for and receive
a login id and password to access it: BARD
Patrons must have an e-mail address set up in “their” name with “their” home address
and must have high speed internet access.
Books may be downloaded in a zipped format to a computer and extracted to a USB drive
or an NLS compatible flash memory card that can be used in an NLS digital player on
free loan from the library. You may also download a free app from the Apple iTunes App Store
at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586 or the Google Play Store
at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.loc.nls.dtb , and download audio books
or magazines directly to any Apple or Android tablet or cellphone.
BARD books may also be played on commercially available NLS compatible players
such as the Victor Reader Stream.