Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD with Smart Devices: A Demonstration

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, February 8, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) which will provide a demonstration of using BARD with a smart device.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/245zs8sk

BARD Mobile Android Version 2.1.0 Release!

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is releasing BARD Mobile Android version 2.1.0 this week, introducing enhanced features and improvements.

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices. Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS version 9-14 in order to use this updated version of the app.

Among the highlights:

In-app search functionality

A fully supported in-app search function, including Music Collection search, for a more seamless experience.

Spanish translation

The app can now be set so its text and audio are in Spanish. To switch to Spanish, select it as the default language in your device settings. The app’s visual and TalkBack interface will adjust.

International language search option

Explore the new international language search option by choosing up to four languages in the app’s settings. Filter search results by selecting your preferred language.

Navigate to: App’s Settings > User Account Settings > Language Preferences > Select up to four languages.

When accessing Get Books – Search, you will have up to four languages based on your settings. Default languages are English and Spanish if no changes are made.

Compatibility and User Guide update

  • The app supports Android OS versions 9–14.
  • Please note that the User Guide is being updated and will be added later.

Users should be able to update supported Android devices by February 1, 2024. BARD Mobile users can confirm that they are running the latest version by checking the bottom of the app’s Settings screen.

New BARD Download Limits

Beginning February 6, 2024, NLS patrons will be allowed to download no more than 250 books and magazines from BARD in any rolling thirty-day period. This download maximum includes both audio and braille titles, and across all BARD platforms. This means if you download 200 unique items using BARD Express, you can still download another 50 titles using the BARD mobile app on your smart device.

The download limit is calculated by adding up the number of “unique titles” downloaded. You can download the same title on additional devices in the same thirty-day period without that download counting against the limit.

Many Faces of BARD Program: Open Forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central). This will be an open forum with the NLS Download Technical Support Team.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.  

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: http://tinyurl.com/3bm2a42j

Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD Mobile for Android for Low Vision Users

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering BARD Mobile for Android for Low Vision Users.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service and is a registered trademark for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/yfems3y7.

29 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Suspense, an Ace cartoonist, and Texas history take centerstage in these titles now available for download on BARD.

There are nearly 2,150 locally produced Texas titles on BARD! Learn more about the Texas Talking Book Program’s stellar Volunteer Recording Studio.

1941: TEXAS GOES TO WAR
DBC 28839

Adult Non-Fiction

ABC’S OF TEXAS WILDFLOWERS by Glenna Grimmer
DBC 28835

Juvenile Non-Fiction

ACE REID, COWPOKE by John R. Erickson
DBC 28832

Adult Non-Fiction

AT POINT BLANK: A SUSPENSE NOVEL by Virginia Stem Owens
DBC 28844

Adult Fiction

AUSTIN CITY BLUE by Jan Grape
DBC 28859

Adult Fiction

BABY, BE MINE by Emily McKay
DBC 28842

Adult Fiction

BLACK DIXIE: AFRO-TEXAN HISTORY AND CULTURE IN HOUSTON
DBC 28858

Adult Non-Fiction

BLACK SOLDIERS IN JIM CROW TEXAS, 1899-1917 by Garna L. Christian
DBC 18392

Adult Non-Fiction

BRIGHTON HONEYMOON by Sheri Cobb South
DBC 26218

Adult Fiction

COMANCHE MOON by Anita Mills
DBC 28843

Adult

CONTRA TODA ESPERANZA by Armando Valladares
DBC 28852

Adult Non-Fiction (Spanish)

CURE THE TEXAS FEVER by J. T. Edson
DBC 28831

Adult Fiction

FINDING JUPITER by Kelis Rowe
DBC 28907

Young Adult Fiction

GONE TO TEXAS by Donald E. Worcester
DBC 28855

Adult Fiction

HOT TEXAS NIGHTS by Mary Lynn Baxter
DBC 26998

Adult Fiction

MOON LAKE by Joe Lansdale
DBC 2890
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Adult Fiction

NUEVA PSICOLOGÍA DEL AMOR by M. Scott Peck
DBC 28847

Adult Non-Fiction (Spanish)

OS OFREZCO EL BIG BANG by Ralph Barby
DBC 26997

Adult Fiction (Spanish)

PANCHO VILLA by Santiago Garcia
DBC 28834

Juvenile Non-Fiction (Spanish)

PERFECT MURDER: FIVE GREAT MYSTERY WRITERS CREATE THE PERFECT CRIME
DBC 28866

Adult Fiction

RANDOMS by David Liss
DBC 18473

Juvenile Fiction

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER by Trish Macdonald Skillman
DBC 28851

Adult Fiction

TEXAS RODEO MURDER by George Wilhite
DBC 28854

Adult Fiction

TEXANIST: FINE ADVICE ON LIVING IN TEXAS edited by David Courtney
DBC 18771

Adult Non-Fiction

TEXAS REVOLUTIONARY EXPERIENCE: A POLITICAL AND SOCIAL HISTORY, 1835-1836 by Paul D. Lack
DBC 28838

Adult Non-Fiction

THIRD TEXAS CAVALRY IN THE CIVIL WAR by Douglas Hale
DBC 26975

Adult Non-Fiction

TREASURE by Suzanne Robinson
DBC 28849

Adult Fiction

TWO POINTS FOR MURDER by D. B. Borton
DBC 27004

Adult Fiction

VIDA NO DEBE HERIR: EL MALTRATO, EL ABUSO, Y LA VIOLENCIA EN LA FAMILIA by Karen L Randau
DBC 28848

Adult Non-Fiction (Spanish)

28 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Frank Hamer, Bill Pickett, U.S. Grant, and the grandfather of Austin country music highlight these legendary Texas titles now available on BARD.

Dig into Texas gardening, unravel a nefarious New Braunfels murder mystery, meet gutsy Texas women, and gather ’round for wild camp tales and unique cuentos de fantasma.

Get powerful results. Read!

BLACK GOLD by Frederic Bean
DBC 26999

Adult Fiction

CENTELLA by James Oliver Curwood
DBC 28826

Adult Fiction (Spanish)

DEEP WEST by Ernest Haycox
DBC 18418

Adult Fiction

EPITAPH by L. J. Washburn
DBC 28853

Adult Fiction

FAMILY IZQUIERDO: A NOVEL by Rubén Degollado
DBC 28906

Adult Fiction

FANTASMAS: SUPERNATURAL STORIES BY MEXICAN AMERICAN WRITERS
DBC 26194

Adult Fiction

FOLK ART IN TEXAS
DBC 28857

Adult Non-Fiction

FROM RATTLESNAKES TO ROAD AGENTS: ROUGH TIMES ON THE FRIO by Frances Bramlette Farris
DBC 28833

Adult Non-Fiction

GUTS: LEGENDARY BLACK RODEO COWBOY BILL PICKETT by Cecil Johnson
DBC 26965

Adult Non-Fiction

HIGH PLACES by Stephen Bransford
DBC 27007

Adult Fiction

I’M FRANK HAMER: THE LIFE OF A TEXAS PEACE OFFICER by H. Gordon Frost
DBC 28861

Adult Non-Fiction

LEGENDARY LADIES OF TEXAS
DBC 28856

Adult Non-Fiction

MORE WILD CAMP TALES by Mike Blakely
DBC 27003

Adult Non-Fiction

MYSTERIES OF THE MAGNOLIA HOTEL by Erin O. Wallace
DBC 18483

Adult Non-Fiction

OUTLAW’S JUSTICE by A. J. Arnold
DBC 26991

Adult Fiction

RED SABBATH by Lewis B. Patten
DBC 28845

Adult Fiction

SANTA ANNA: PATRIOT OR SCOUNDREL by Ruby C. Tolliver
DBC 18637

Juvenile Non-Fiction

SHADOW WALKERS by Nina Romberg
DBC 26948

Adult Fiction

TEXAS GARDENING THE NATURAL WAY: THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK by Howard Garrett
DBC 18790

Adult Non-Fiction

TEXAS, THE DARK CORNER OF THE CONFEDERACY: CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE IN THE CIVIL WAR
DBC 26976

Adult Non-Fiction

THREADGILL’S: THE COOKBOOK by Eddie Wilson
DBC 26954

Adult Non-Fiction

THREE YEARS AMONG THE COMANCHES: THE NARRATIVE OF NELSON LEE, THE TEXAS RANGER by Nelson Lee
DBC 28840

Adult Non-Fiction

TIME IS THE SIMPLEST THING by Clifford D Simak
DBC 18639

Adult Fiction

ULYSSES: A BIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL OF U.S. GRANT by Robert Skimin
DBC 26291

Adult Fiction

UNDENIABLE by Francis Ray
DBC 26940

Adult Fiction

UNSOLVED TEXAS MYSTERIES by Wallace O. Chariton
DBC 28823

Juvenile Non-Fiction

WHY SOME POSITIVE THINKERS GET POWERFUL RESULTS by Norman Vincent Peale
DBC 28846

Adult Non-Fiction

WOMEN IN EARLY TEXAS
DBC 26957

Adult Non-Fiction

NLS Many Faces of BARD Program: Using BARD Mobile for iOS Without VoiceOver

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering how to use BARD Mobile for iOS without VoiceOver.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/8mb65hne

This presentation is for individuals with low vision, so the screen will be displayed.

24 New Texas Titles Now on BARD!

Mysteries, romance with a Western flair, and Texas feuds highlight these titles recently produced by the Texas Talking Book Program’s world-class Volunteer Recording Studio.

Relish tales by J. Frank Dobie, (don’t) go dancin’ in Anson, and ride herd with the Texas Rangers on Civil War deserters and draft dodgers.

Saddle up. Adventures await!

AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL: A TRILOGY OF MURDER, MINISTERS, AND MILLIONAIRES by Mike Cochran
DBC 28824

Adult Non-Fiction

CALLE QUE TODOS OLVIDAN by Joaquín Bestard Vásquez
DBC 27001

Adult Fiction (Spanish)

DALLAS DECEPTION: A JACK KYLE MYSTERY by Richard Abshire
DBC 26911

Adult Fiction

DEATH BY DRESSAGE by Carolyn Banks
DBC 26996

Adult Fiction

FAMOUS TEXAS FEUDS by C. L. Douglas
DBC 28829

Adult Non-Fiction

FRESH PERSPECTIVE by Elisabeth Fairchild
DBC 26925

Adult Fiction

FRONTIER DEFENSE IN THE CIVIL WAR: TEXAS’ RANGERS AND REBELS by David Paul Smith
DBC 26973

Adult Fiction

HIGHLY RESPECTABLE MARRIAGE by Sheila Walsh
DBC 26344

Adult Fiction

HISTORIC CHURCHES OF TEXAS: THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE by Frank A. Driskill
DBC 28830

Adult Non-Fiction

I’LL TELL YOU A TALE by J. Frank Dobie
DBC 28828

Adult Non-Fiction

IN SEARCH OF SATISFACTION by J. California Cooper
DBC 26921

Adult Fiction

JOHN HENRY FAULK: THE MAKING OF A LIBERATED MIND: A BIOGRAPHY by Michael C. Burton
DBC 28820

Adult Non-Fiction

LAST KARANKAWAS: A NOVEL by Kimberly Garza
DBC 28885

Adult Fiction

LOA A UN ANGEL DE PIEL MORENA: SERIE DETECTIVESCA GLORIA DAMASCO by Lucha Corpi
DBC 25009

Adult Fiction (Spanish)

MUSTANG ANNIE by Rachelle Morgan
DBC 28913

Adult Fiction

NELL PLANTS A TREE by Anne Wynter
DBC 28869

Juvenile Fiction

NO DANCIN’ IN ANSON: AN AMERICAN STORY OF RACE AND SOCIAL CHANGE by Ricardo C. Ainslie
DBC 26912

Adult Non-Fiction

PERISH: A NOVEL by LaToya Watkins
DBC 28884

Adult Fiction

QUÉ HACES CON UNA VOZ ASÍ?: LA HISTORIA DE LA EXTRAORDINARIA CONGRESISTA BARBARA JORDAN by Chris Barton
DBC 28873

Juvenile Non-Fiction (Spanish)

ROMANCED TO DEATH by Susan Rogers Cooper
DBC 26202

Adult Fiction

SHADOW GATE by Margaret Ball
DBC 26995

Adult Fiction

SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN: A SHERIFF DAN RHODES NOVEL by Bill Crider
DBC 18843

Adult Fiction

WHERE I COME FROM: AS TOLD TO BRYAN WOOLLEY
DBC 18346

Adult Non-Fiction

WILD CAMP TALES by Mike Blakely
DBC 27002

Adult Non-Fiction

Many Faces of BARD Program: BARD 2.0

Join the National Library Service (NLS) for the Many Faces of BARD program on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) covering an introduction and demonstration of BARD 2.0.

BARD stands for Braille and Audio Reading Download service.

Registration is not required. The session is scheduled for one hour with time for questions. Click on the link to join: https://tinyurl.com/sxpt8mp8.