News Bulletins and Updates
from the Talking Book Program


News Bulletins
Spanish News Bulletins (Boletínes de Noticias)

 *****TBP UPDATES!*****

Introducing Duplication on Demand--A New Service for TBP Readers

Dear TBP Reader:

The Talking Book Program is now serving patrons with a great new service called Duplication on Demand (DoD). It will allow you to get almost any book that is available on BARD right away. When you order books, or when automatic selection orders books for you, they are recorded on a cartridge and sent to you within a day or two (provided you don’t already have a full quota.) Of course, if you have other requests on your list, you’ll need to tell us if you want new requests first. Otherwise, the computer may send older requests before the new ones. There’s no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; all downloadable books are always available. DoD puts up to 8 books on one cartridge, but you don’t need to be able to use Bookshelf because new programming has simplified the way you move from book to book. You can also get a whole series put on one cartridge-- in series order—just let us know if there’s one you would like.

We are starting the process of moving all of our established audio readers to DoD. This will take quite a while, as each reader must be set up individually. DoD settings will be based on your current account profile, but these settings can be changed at your request. We are working through our patron list diligently, but it may be some time before we get to you. If you would like to switch to DoD right away, please contact us, and we’ll set you up.

Here’s what to expect when you start getting DoD cartridges:

  • Each reader may have up to three cartridges checked out at once*.

  • Each cartridge may have as many as 8 books on it* (or a whole series, at your request.)

  • Each cartridge will be labeled “TX Talking Book Library: Audio Books.”

  • The mailing container will have a folded book card listing the titles that are on the cartridge.

  • To return cartridges, simply remove the book card. The container has TBP’s return address permanently on it.

  • Once a cartridge gets back to us, we’ll send you another one. It’s very important to send cartridges back right away to prevent gaps in service.

  • The loan period for cartridges is 60 days, with an option to renew for another 60 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to read all of the books on the cartridge.

  • If you want to reread a book or cartridge, we can send it again.

Questions? Please contact us! We’ll be happy to answer them. You can reply to this message, or call us at 1-800-252-9605.

*Note to Institutions: Since institutions (schools, nursing homes, etc.) serve multiple readers, you will receive more cartridges, each containing one book. For more information, please contact us.

*Note to Demo Sites: Demo sites will receive 1 cartridge that contains a Spanish book and an English book.

Talking Book Program

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

1-800-252-9605 (512-463-5458 in the Austin area)


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News Bulletin Winter 2019 with Poetry Contest Winners and Books Worth Revisiting
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)


Past issues:

News Bulletin Fall 2018
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Summer 2018 with Books Worth Revisiting
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Spring 2018
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Winter 2018 with Books Worth Revisiting
(Doc), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Fall 2017
(Doc), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Summer 2017
(Doc), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Spring 2017
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Winter 2017
(Doc), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Fall 2016
(Doc), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Summer 2016
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Spring 2016
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Winter 2016
(RTF), (PDF), (MP3)

News Bulletin Fall 2015
(RTF), (PDF)

News Bulletin Summer 2015
(RTF), (PDF)

News Bulletin Winter/Spring 2015
(RTF), (PDF)

News Bulletin Fall 2014
includes Upcoming Book Club Selection and Books Worth Revisiting
(RTF), (PDF)

News Bulletin Summer 2014
includes Disability News and Automatic Selection Categories
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Spring 2014
includes Books Worth Revisiting and Talking Book Club Schedule
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Fall 2013
includes Books Worth Revisiting and Talking Book Club Schedule
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Summer 2013
includes Books Worth Revisiting and Spotlight
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Spring 2013
includes FAQ - Magazines on Cartridge and Spotlight on Texas - Digital
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Winter 2013
includes Book Club Session Schedule and Spotlight
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Fall 2012
includes Books Worth Revisiting and Spotlight
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Summer 2012
includes Book list, Book Club and Braille Revival information
(TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Spring 2012 includes Book list, Book Club and Friends Information
 (TXT), (PDF)

News Bulletin Winter 2012
includes "Books Worth Revisiting: Jane Austen

News Bulletin Fall 2011
includes Sampler of Books by Texas Authors

News Bulletin Summer 2011
includes Books Worth Revisiting:Traveling Back to Middle Ages

News Bulletin Winter/Spring 2011
includes "80th Anniversary" and "Braille Revival League of Texas" information

News Bulletin Fall 2010
includes "Books Worth Revisiting: Harry Potter
News Bulletin Summer 2010

Braille Revival League of Texas" information
News Bulletin Spring 2010
includes "Books Worth Revisiting: Gothic Romances
News Bulletin Winter 2010

News Bulletin Fall 2009
includes "Books Worth Revisiting: Three by Anya Seton"
News Bulletin Summer 2009
includes "Favorites from the 1930s to the 1960s"
News Bulletin Spring 2009
includes "Books Worth Revisiting - In the Court of Charles II"
News Bulletin Winter 2009
includes "Cassette Player Tips " and "NFB-Newsline" info.

News Bulletin Fall 2008
includes "Books Worth Revisiting - A Kiss of Vampire Fiction "
News Bulletin Summer 2008
includes "Favorite Short Stories By Female Authors"
News Bulletin Spring 2008
includes "Books Worth Revisiting - Elizabeth George Speare"
News Bulletin Winter 2008
includes "You, Us, and the Post Office!"




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