Network Bulletin no. 09-05
Subject: NLS Program Data
Index term: Plans for production of audiobooks
A number of libraries have asked for a snapshot of current NLS plans for
production of audiobooks as we transition from recorded cassette to cartridge
format. The attached table, covering years 2007 through 2013, summarizes
present plans and shows the anticipated release of audiobooks.
The first two "grayed out" years on the table, 2007 and 2008, are included only to
show the beginning of the transition as it occurred. In 2009 and 2010, all new
titles will be produced on both cassettes and cartridges, with a decreasing number
of cassette copies and an increasing number of cartridge copies. Cassette
production will cease in 2011.
The table also shows that a limited number of retrospective (retro) titles were
offered in 2008, and will be offered likewise in 2009 and 2010 (through special
copy allotment cycles). Please note that retrospective titles are older titles,
primarily analog-to-digital conversions, that were not originally produced on
cartridges and have so far been offered only on the NLS Braille and Audio
Reading Download (BARD). From 2011 forward, retro titles will consist only of
those selected for reissue by NLS. Therefore few copies will be produced.
This table represents current plans only. The actual number of copies on
cartridges may vary over time since the number of cartridges available is tied to
the cost of flash memory in the world market.
[Attachment: This bulletin contained a print attachment when mailed to the network
on February 27, 2009.]
For information contact:
Production Control Section
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