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​BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download

The new talking book digital player and a digital book cartridge in a blue mailing container.Read the Talking Books and magazines you want when you want them—24 hours a day/7 days a week—even from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!  New books are available on BARD first, and there is no due date for downloaded books.  Plus you will find many older books converted from the cassette format.  You must first be a registered patron of the Kentucky Talking Book Library and have an NLS digital player or BARD-compatible device.  You will also need a computer with high-speed internet access, a valid email address, and a removable USB flash drive device (for use with NLS digital player).

Note: those interested in BARD should have moderate computer knowledge, including how to search the Internet and fill out online forms, how to download, unzip, and save files to a specific location, and how to transfer files from one location to another.

Important BARD links

Do you meet the above conditions? Click for here to apply for BARD:

Registered BARD users--click here to download NLS digital talking books and magazines:

For BARD download instructions click here: BARD instructions (PDF) or Bard instructions (Word) BARD downloadable books and magazines will not play on your computer.  Our books contain special digital rights management software and will only work with authorized players.  To transfer books from your computer to the NLS digital player you will need a flash drive or blank cartridge, click here for more information: Cartridge and flash drive information (PDF) or Cartridge and flash drive information (Word)

The BARD Mobile app is available from the Apple App Store.  It allows registered users to download and play NLS Talking Books on an iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  An app for Android devices is in development.

Contact Information

Kentucky Talking Book Library
PO Box 537
Frankfort KY 40602

800.372.2968 (in-state toll-free)
502.564.5791 (local)

We are available to assist you 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Eastern Time Zone) Monday-Friday.​

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