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      Network Bulletin No. 06-17
      
      
      
      
      Date: April 14, 2006
      
      
      Subject: Budget, NLS
      Index Term: NLS share of program costs
      
      Listed below are the average dollar values of NLS-furnished items.  You may use this
      information to determine the NLS share of your program costs and the cumulated
      federal investment in your organization or state.
      
                                                                 
      Fiscal Year 2005 Costs
      
      I.   Equipment
      
      A.  Talking-book machine                    $ 280.00*
          Spare parts (est.)                      $  13.84
                                                  $ 293.84
      
      B.  Cassette book machine (C-1)             $ 280.00
          Spare parts (est.)                      $  17.76
                                                  $ 297.76
      
           Cassette book machine (E-1)            $ 160.20*
           Spare parts (est.)                     $  19.99 
                                                  $ 180.19
      
      C.   Combination machine (CT-1)             $ 435.00*
      
      D.   Headphone                              $   22.00
      
      E.   Remote control unit                    $   77.00 
      
      F.   Extension lever                        $    6.00
      
      * NLS will no longer be purchasing.     
      
      G.   Batteries                              $     6.47
      
      H.   Pillowspeaker                          $     1.00     
      
      I.   Breath switch                          $   50.00
      
      J.   Headphone amplifier (combination)      $   98.00
      
      K.   Solar panel battery charger            $ 238.00
      
      L.   Convertor electrical (overseas)        $   15.00
      
                          
      II.  Reading Materials
      
      A.   Cassette books
           (per copy, including container)
           1.   English-language title            $    5.84
           2.   Foreign-language title            $    6.48
      
      B.   Braille books (per copy)
           1.   Press braille                     $ 100.95
           2.   Print/braille                     $   25.20
      
     C.   Magazines (per copy)
          1.   Braille magazine                   $     3.50
          2.   Cassette magazine                  $     0.62
      
      
     III. Bibliographic Materials
      
          A.   Bimonthly magazines (per copy)
          1.   Talking Book Topics
               a)   Large print                   $      .29
               b)   Cassette                      $      .52
               c)   Computer diskette             $      .45
                          
          2.   Braille Book Review
               a)   Large print                   $      .28
               b)   Braille                       $    2.45
      
      
           
          B.   Catalogs (multiyear averages, per copy)**
                1.   Large print                  $     1.04
                2.   Braille                      $     6.83
                3.   Cassette                     $     1.11
      
      
           C.   Bibliographies (multiyear averages, per copy)**
                1.   Print                         $       .44
                2.   Braille                       $     1.08
                3.   Cassette                      $       .65
      
      
           **Catalogs and bibliographies vary widely in length, 
           complexity, and format.  Annual averages provide 
           no meaningful comparison, so multiyear averages 
           are used.
      
      IV.       Supplies
      
           A.   Braille mailing container              $   20.86
      
           B.   Machine carton:
                1.   Talking-book machine carton       $     2.75*
                     (with packing material)
                2.   Cassette book machine (C-1) carton $     0.35
                     (with packing material)
                3.   Cassette book machine (E-1) carton $     5.69
                4.   Combination (CT-1) or talking-book$     2.40*
                     (A-1) machine carton with packing
                5.   Headphone carton                   $       .16
      
      V.   Services
      
           Volunteer repair of playback equipment,       $    39.19 
           cost per machine (based on $25.26 
           hourly rate and 1.5 hours per machine
           repaired).
      
      
      For further information contact:   
      
      Marsha Jackson, Head
      Administrative Section