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Network Bulletin No:     09-27

Date:       October 2, 2009

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 cumulative
       federal investment in your organization or state.
                                                                 
       Fiscal Year 2009 Costs
       
       I.   Equipment
       
            A.   Digital talking-book machine (DA1/DS1) (est.)     $ 156.00
                 Spare parts (est.)                      	      10.00
                                                    		     
								   $166.00
       
            B.   Talking-book machine (A-1)                   	$ 280.00*
                 Spare parts (est.)                      	$   13.84
                                                    		$ 293.84
       
            C.   Cassette book machine (C-1)                  $ 300.00*
                 Spare parts (est.)                           $   17.76
                                                    	      $ 317.76
       
                 Cassette book machine (E-1)                  $ 160.20*
                 Spare parts (est.)                           $   19.99*     
                                                    	      $ 180.19
       
            D.   Combination machine (CT-1)              $ 435.00*
       
            E.   Headphone                          $ 22.00
       
            F.   Remote control unit                     $ 77.00 
       
       
       *NLS will no longer purchase       
            G.   Extension lever                         $  6.00
       
            H.   Batteries                          	$   11.62
       
            I.   Pillow speaker                     	$     1.00     
       
            J.   Breath switch                           $   50.00
       
            K.   Headphone amplifier (combination)            $   98.00
       
            L.   Solar panel battery charger                  $ 238.00
       
            M.   Electrical converter (overseas)              $   15.00
       
                           
       II.        Reading Materials
                                    
            A.   Digital talking books (includes cartridge and
                 container)
                 1.   English-language title             $   10.50
                 2.   Foreign-language title             $   11.11
       
            B.   Cassette books (per copy, includes container)
                 1.   English-language title             $     5.27
                 2.   Foreign-language title             $     4.42
       
            C.   Braille books (per copy)
                 1.   Press braille                      $ 121.16
                 2.   Print/braille                      $  31.20
       
            D.   Magazines (per copy)
                 1.   Braille magazine                   $     3.73
                 2.   Cassette magazine                  $     0.57
       
       
       III.      Bibliographic Materials
       
            A.   Bimonthly magazines (per copy)
                 1.   Talking Book Topics
                      a)   Large print                   $      .31
                      b)   Cassette                 	 $      .42
                      c)   Computer diskette             $      .48
                                  
                 2.   Braille Book Review
                      a)   Large print                   $      .44
                      b)   Braille                       $    2.84
       
       
            B.   Catalogs (multiyear averages, per copy)**
                 1.   Large print                        $       .93
                 2.   Braille                            $     8.90
                 3.   Cassette                      	 $     1.11
       
       
            **Catalogs vary widely in length, complexity, and
            format.  Annual averages provide no meaningful 
            comparison, so multiyear averages are used.
       
       
       IV.       Supplies
       
            A.   Braille mailing container                    $   22.18
       
            B.   Mailing cartons (with packing materials)
                 1.   Talking-book machine (A-80 and older)   $     2.75*
                 2.   Cassette book machine (C-1)             $     3.29
                 3.   Cassette book machine (E-1)             $     8.74*
                 4.   Combination (CT-1) or talking-book      $     2.40*
                      (A-1) machine 
                 5.   Headphone                            $       .77
                 6.   Digital talking-book machine (DA1/DS1)  $     1.89
                      
       
       V.   Services
       
            Volunteer repair of playback equipment            $    35.80 
            (cost per machine, based on average flat
            rate per machine repaired)
       
       
       For further information contact:   
       
       Marsha Jackson
       Head, Administrative Section