Magazines from the Talking Book Program

*All Digital Cartridges must be returned in order to receive next issue.

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INTRODUCTION

Free Magazines from the Talking Book Program

As a patron of the Talking Book Program you are eligible to subscribe, free of charge, to magazines on digital cartridge, in large print, or in Braille. You can choose from about 80 national magazines, including Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Money, People, Martha Stewart Living, Seventeen, Cricket, and Ebony. Many magazines are also available via digital download from BARD. The program also provides free subscriptions to three Texas magazines and three magazines in Spanish. Magazines from the Talking Book Program contain the text of articles; advertisements are not included.

Below is a list of the magazines that are currently available. Not all magazines are available in all formats. In order to make some popular magazines available that otherwise would be paid subscriptions, you will need to share them with other subscribers. If you subscribe to a shared magazine, please read it and return it as soon as possible for others to enjoy. Please note that magazines may be dropped or added in each format by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at any time. For this reason, the list below may occasionally be out of date.

If you are interested in subscribing to any of the magazines listed here, please contact a Reader Consultant to order by phone or e-mail:
1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas); 512-463-5458 (Austin area); tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

BRAILLE MAGAZINES FOR ADULTS

Braille magazines from the Talking Book Program are all direct subscriptions, free of charge to TBP patrons. You may keep or recycle these magazines. Below is a list of all adult-level braille subscriptions in alphabetical order. Information on frequency and content accompanies each listing.

American Baseball League Schedule, Issued annually.

Braille Chess Magazine, 4 issues/year. News of current trends and competitions. A British publication.

Braille Music Magazine, 12 issues/year. Articles about classical music for professional and amateur musicians; reviews of new braille music publications. A British publication.

Conundrum, 12 issues/year. Crossword and logic puzzles, anagrams, word searches, and general-knowledge quizzes. A British publication.

Cooking Light, 9 issues/year. Short articles on exercise, food, fitness, health, and nutrition; each issue contains approximately 70 recipes with emphasis on the use of fresh, natural ingredients and on low-fat cooking.

ESPN, 26 issues/year. Covers sports news. Focuses on baseball, hockey basketball and football, also in-line skating, bicycling and snowboarding.

Harper's Magazine, 12 issues/year. General culture magazine with articles by well-known writers on politics, international affairs, education, and science; includes short stories, satire, and poetry.

Health Newsletters, 12 issues/year. Current health concerns, medical information, nutrition, and stress management from Harvard Health Letter, Mayo Clinic Health Letter, and University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, 12 issues/year. General-interest articles on managing finances, including taxes, investments options, real estate, insurance, and retirement planning.

Ladies' Home Journal, 12 issues/year. Articles and fiction intended for women; includes household hints, recipes, and ideas on fashion and beauty.

Martha Stewart Living, 10 issues/year. Recipes, gardening, crafts, collectibles, reminiscence, homekeeping, and home entertaining.

Musical Mainstream, 4 issues/year. Selected articles from national magazines about classical music, music criticism, and music teaching; lists new NLS music acquisitions. The subscription is available to individual subscribers only; not available for institutional use.

National Baseball League Schedule, Issued annually.

National Basketball League Schedule, Issued annually.

National Football League Schedule, Issued annually.

National Geographic, 12 issues/year. Articles on world geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history.

National Hockey League Schedule, Issued annually.

New York Times Large Type Weekly, 52 issues/year. Highlights from the New York Times.

Parenting, 12 issues/year. Child rearing from infancy through the mid-teens.

PC World, 12 issues/year. Information for computer users about hardware, software, advanced technology, and trends in the field; columns on product reviews and helpful hints.

Playboy, 12 issues/year. Entire text of the print edition; fiction, interviews, and articles with a male perspective.

Poetry, 12 issues/year. Contemporary poetry selected from a wide range of contributors and styles.

Popular Communications, 12 issues/year. Articles of current and historical interest specifically for the radio hobbyist.

Popular Mechanics, 12 issues/year. Practical advice for the amateur mechanic; information on automotive and home repairs; features on new equipment.

Popular Music Lead Sheets, Issued irregularly. Melodies, lyrics, and chords to popular songs ranging from golden oldies to recent hits. This subscription is available to individual subscribers only; not available for institutional use.

Reader's Digest, Monthly. Short articles, profiles, opinion pieces, political commentary, and other general-interest topics; some articles are condensed from print magazines; contains anecdotes, humor, and a condensed book.

Rolling Stone, 26 issues/year. American popular culture in the arts and entertainment industry; record, video, audiovisual, and computer hardware reviews.

Science News, 52 issues/year. Excerpts of reports on current programs in science, medicine, and technology.

Seventeen, 12 issues/year. Beauty and fashion for young women; articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Short Stories, 12 issues/year. Stories from contemporary writers. A British publication.

Washington Post Book World, 52 issues/year. Compilation of book reviews appearing as a supplement to the Sunday edition of the Washington Post.

Women's National Basketball Association Schedule, Issued annually.

DIGITAL CARTRIDGE MAGAZINES FOR ADULTS

*All Digital Cartridges must be returned in order to receive next issue.

Direct Magazines

American Heritage, 8 issues/year. America's social, educational, and cultural history.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 13 issues/year. Short stories, novelettes, and features with science fiction themes.

Asimov's Science Fiction, 11 issues/year. Short stories, novelettes, and features with science fiction themes.

The Atlantic Monthly, 12 issues/year. Articles on politics and current issues; fiction by contemporary American writers.

Bon Apetit, 12 issues/year. Articles on gourmet cooking with a section devoted to light and healthy cooking.

Consumer Reports, 12 issues/year. In-depth articles that rate consumer products tested for quality, durability, and safety; also contains general- interest articles on such topics as health and money management.

Contemporary Sound Track: A Review of Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Country, 6 issues/year. A sampler of articles from national magazines concerned with jazz, rock, country, and pop music.

Diabetes Forecast, 12 issues/year. Diabetes nutrition and health care; research findings. Published by the American Diabetes Association.

Discover: The World of Science, 12 issues/year. Articles on ecology, natural history, science and technology; news on breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine; book reviews, brain bogglers (puzzles), and awards for technological innovations.

Ebony, 12 issues/year. Articles on food, dress, leisure, travel, and personalities, with emphasis on achievements of African Americans.

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, 11 issues/year. Mystery stories by top writers in the field and by previously unpublished writers.

Foreign Affairs, 5 issues/year Statesmen, diplomats, and scholars analyze issues and trends in international politics, law, and economics.

Good Housekeeping, 12 issues/year. Articles on family and home management, with features on food and decorating.

Health and Nutrition Newsletters, 12 issues/year. Articles on medical conditions of special interest to older adults, nutritional information, and ways to maintain good health from Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing, Healthline, The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter--Health after 50, and Nutrition Action Healthletter.

Horticulture, 8 issues/year. American Gardening at Its Best. Gardening trends, products, and projects for the amateur gardener.

Magazine of the Month, 12 issues/year. Special NLS program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing; readers are sent a different sample magazine each month.

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Money, 12 issues/year. Articles on money management, consumer, and family issues; includes regular columns with news and advice on jobs, taxes, Social Security, investments, products, and services.

Musical Mainstream, 4 issues/year. Selected articles from national magazines about classical music, music criticism, and music teaching; lists new NLS music acquisitions. The subscription is available to individual subscribers only; not available for institutional use.

The Nation, 47 issues/year. Covers foreign affairs, local and national politics, education, and law; reviews films, theater, books, and the arts.

National Geographic, 12 issues/year. Articles on world geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history.

National Review, 25 issues/year. Presents a conservative viewpoint on business, politics, economics, education, and other subjects; edited by William F. Buckley Jr.

The New York Times Book Review, 52 issues/year. Literary articles and book reviews from the Sunday New York Times.

Newsweek, 52 issues/year. National news magazine.

Outdoor Life, 12 issues/year. Adventures and experiences in hunting and fishing; information on conservation and game laws; reports on sporting equipment and techniques.

People, 52 issues/year. News, articles, and interviews of celebrities.

QST, 12 issues/year. Contains project-building ideas and news on all aspects of ham radio. Official publication of the American Radio Relay League.

Quarterly Music Magazine, 4 issues/year. A different music magazines each quarter.

Reader's Digest, 12 issues/year. First-person articles, profiles, humor, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles.

Smart Computing, 12 issues/year. Articles on home computing and reviews of computer software and hardware.

Sound and Vision, 10 issues/year. Reports on new sound equipment and record reviews, with emphasis on popular music.

Sports Illustrated, 52 issues/year. International sports news and articles with emphasis on American spectator sports; features on sports personalities, sports events, and outdoor activities.

Travel and Leisure, 10 issues/year. Travel; articles on vacation sites, with tips on food and photography.

True West, 12 issues/year. Nonfiction articles about the Old West, written by historians and western buffs.

U.S. News & World Report, 52 issues/year. News and commentary on world events; abridged version, edited by U.S. News & World Report editors.

Writer, 12 issues/year. New and established writers discuss their craft and work experiences; regular columns feature trade news, contest information and names and addresses of manuscript buyers.

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Shared Digital Cartridge Magazines

*All Digital Cartridges must be returned in order to receive next issue.

Shared magazines from the Talking Book Program are shared digital-format titles for adult readers. These SHARED subscriptions are on loan for one week and must be returned to the Talking Book Program. Each copy of each issue may be loaned up to six times, so the timely return of shared magazines is of utmost importance. Below is a list of all available shared digital-format subscriptions in alphabetical order.

AARP- The Magazine (formally Modern Maturity), 6 issues/year. Covers subjects of interest to older people. Published by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Choice Magazine Listening, 6 issues/year. An anthology of unabridged articles, poetry and fiction from over 100 magazines such as Atlantic, Country Journal, Esquire, the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and Time; occasionally includes material from other media sources.

Good Old Days, Monthly. The magazine that remembers the best of times.  Feature stories and photos of the good old days of 1900 through 1949 are all contributed by readers.  For more information, see the publisher's web pages at http://www.goodolddaysonline.com/

Guideposts, 12 issues/year. Interfaith inspirational articles of human interest.

Humpty Dumpty's Magazine, 6 issues/year. For 4 to 6 year olds. Stories, games, puzzles, crafts, and other activities. For more information, see the publisher's web pages at: http://www.humptydumptymag.org

Matilda Ziegler Magazine For The Blind, Monthly. A monthly free general-interest magazine, specifically produced for blind people, published since 1907. This magazine is also available in digital form at http://www.zieglermag.org

National Geographic Traveler,  8 issues/year. World Travel and cultures; information about events and where to stay and eat.  For further information see the publisher's web pages at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/

Published eight times per year:  January/February, May/June, July/August; November/December are combined issues.  The months of March, April, September, and October are single issues.

Playboy,  Monthly -- also available in braille through CMLS

Seventeen,  Monthly -- also available in braille through CMLS

Smithsonian, 12 issues/year. Science, natural history, art, archaeology, history, ecology; events at the Smthsonian Institution.

Southern Living, 12 issues/year. Gardening, history, travel, and recipes; focuses on the Southern style of living.

Texas Highways, 12 issues/year. Published by the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Highways contains articles about Texas historical sites, points of interest, nature, plus calendars of events.

Texas Monthly, 12 issues/year. Consumer magazine with news and features on contemporary Texas politics, culture, events, arts and entertainment, food, and people. Tone indexed.

Texas Parks & Wildlife, 12 issues/year. Published by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas Parks & Wildlife contains articles about Texas historical sites, outdoor activities, hunting, camping, hiking, points of interest, nature, plus calendars of events.

Vital Speeches of the Day, Monthly.

Important addresses made by recognized leaders in public opinion. For further information see the publisher's web pages at: http://www04.mcmurry.com/product/VITAL/
 

BRAILLE MAGAZINES FOR YOUNG READERS

Boys' Life,12 issues/year. Articles on the outdoors, sports, and hobbies, with adventure fiction and humor; ages 9-16. Published by the Boy Scouts of America.

Muse, 10 issues/year. Science, art, archaeology, and history activities for ages 6-14; includes contests and book and media reviews.

Seventeen, 12 issues/year. Beauty and fashion for young women; articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Spider, the Magazine for Children, 12 issues/year. Stories, poems, jokes, and crafts for beginning readers ages 6-9.

Stone Soup: The Magazine by Young Writers and Artists, 5 issues/year. Stories, poems, illustrations, and book reviews created by children through age 13. Features an activities section with suggested related projects.

DIGITAL MAGAZINES FOR YOUNG READERS

*All Digital Cartridges must be returned in order to receive next issue.

Cricket: The Magazine for Children, 12 issues/year. Stories, poems, and articles by internationally known authors; songs, jokes, and crafts. For ages 6-12; on one cartridge with National Geographic World.

National Geographic World, 12 issues/year. Articles for children about people, places, customs, animals, and plant life; on one cartridge with Cricket.

Odyssey, 9 issues a year. The science magazine for young adventurers.

Seventeen, 12 issues/year. Beauty and fashion for young women; articles on careers, education, family, social relations, and diet.

Spider, the Magazine for Children, 12 issues/year. Stories, poems, jokes, and crafts for beginning readers ages 6-9.

Sports Illustrated for Kids, 12 issues/year. Sports news and articles for ages 8-13; features sports personalities, events, and sports cards; youth who are excelling in sports; regular column by youth discussing a controversial sport-related issue.

Young Adult Magazine of the Month, 12 issues/year. Special Library of Congress program designed to provide a limited substitute for newsstand browsing for young adults; readers are sent a different sample magazine each month.

DIGITAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE MAGAZINES

*All Digital Cartridges must be returned in order to receive next issue.
 

Spanish (Direct Magazines ~ Revista Directa) 

*Todos los cartuchos digitales deben ser devueltos para recibir la próxima publicación.

Vanidades, 26 issues/year. Publicado 26 veces al año. Articulos en español, sobre el mantenimiento del hogar, la belleza, la moda, y decoración. En cartucho . (Vanidades — 26 issues per year. is a general-interest women’s magazine with an emphasis on style.
 

People en Español, 12 issues/year. Publicado 12 veces al año. Articulos en español, por y para la comunidad latina; temas de actualidad, tendencias, moda, celebridades, y nostalgia. En cartucho solamente. (People en Español — 12 issues per year. Articles by and for the Latin community; current events, trends, fashion, celebrities, and nostalgia. In cartridge format only.)

Spanish (Shared Magazines - Patron must return to TBP. Revista Prestada. Esta revista se devuelve al Programa de Libros Que Hablan.)

National Geographic en Español, Publicado 12 veces al año.Contiene articulos sobre geografía mundial, cultura, plantas, animales, exploración espacial y la antigüedad. En cartucho. (12 issues per year. World geography and cultures, plant and animal life, space exploration, and ancient history. Available on cartridge only.)

French (Direct Magazines)

*Toutes les cartouches de Digital doivent être retournées afin de recevoir la prochaine numéro.

France-Amérique,24 issues/year. 24 numéros par an. Articles de la culture Franco-Américaine, les nouvelles, la religión, le business, et l’histoire d’interêt aux Américans francophones et aux étudiants de la langue française. Uniquement sur cartridge. (24 issues per year. Articles on Franco-American culture, current events, religion, business, and history of interest to French-speaking Americans and students of the French language. Available in cartridge format only.)
 

Selections du Reader's Digest, 12 issues/year. 12 numéros par an. Édition francophone du Reader’s Digest (Sélections). Contes à la première personne, l’opinion, des profils, et des articles de l’intérêt général. Extraits des magazines francophones et de l’édition américaine du Reader’s Digest. Uniquement sur cartridge. (12 issues per year. French-language version of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles. Selections may come from French-language magazines as well as the American edition of Reader’s Digest. Available in cartridge format only.)
 

German (Direct Magazine)

*Alle Digital-Patronen müssen zurückgebracht werden, um folgende Frage zu empfangen.

Das Beste aus Reader's Digest, 12 issues/year. Erscheint monatlich. Deutsche Ausgabe von Reader’s Digest. Artikel in der ersten Person, biographische Skizzen, Meinungsäußerungen und andere Artikel von allgemeinem Interesse. Auswahl aus deutsch-sprachigen Zeitschriften sowie aus der amerikanischen Ausgabe von Reader’s Digest. Verfügbar nur auf Patrone. (12 issues per year. German edition of Reader’s Digest. First-person articles, profiles, opinion pieces, and other general-interest articles. Selections come from German-language magazines as well as the American edition of Reader’s Digest. Available on cartridge only.)
  

PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS

Many organizations offer paid subscriptions to their magazines and newsletters in braille, large print, or on audio cartridge. For more information on these publications, please visit the website of the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) magazine list: The NLS website contains current lists of free magazines and magazines as well as newsletters available by paid subscription.

TALKING BOOK TOPICS

Every patron of the Talking Book Program may request a free subscription to the NLS publication Talking Book Topics, which lists new books that have been added to the collection. Talking Book Topics is available in a variety of formats:

Talking Book Topics, 6 issues/year, large print, digital, or online. Announcements of talking books recently added to the NLS collection; news and developments in library services for blind and physically disabled individuals. One-line annotations from Talking Book Topics are included in Braille edition of Braille Book Review.

ORDERING

To order or change your subscriptions, please contact the Talking Book Program:

Talking Book Program
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
1-800-252-9605 (in Texas)
512-463-5458 (in Austin)
512-936-0685 (fax)
tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

 

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