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December 4, 2009

09-03

Discontinuation of Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review diskette (TBR7)


NLS plans to discontinue production of the Talking Book Topics (TBT)/Braille 
Book Review (BBR) diskette (TBR7) as a result of decreasing subscriptions and 
therefore increasing costs. On December 3, 2009, NLS mailed a letter to patrons 
who subscribe to the diskette notifying them that the November(December 2009 
issue will be the last issue produced in that format.

NLS will continue to provide TBT and BBR in accessible formats. TBT is 
available in large print and cassette. It is also available online in both HTML 
and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/tbt and on the Braille and Audio Reading 
Download (BARD) as a digital talking book at nlsbard.loc.gov. BBR is available 
in large print and embossed braille. It is also available online in both HTML 
and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/bbr and in downloadable contracted braille on 
Web-Braille at www.loc.gov/nls/braille/mags/bb.html.

In the letter mentioned above we instructed patrons to contact their local 
library should they wish to subscribe to a version of one of the magazines that 
they had not previously subscribed to or they wish to sign up for an online 
service (Web-Braille or BARD). The letter also gives contact information at NLS 
where patrons should direct any questions or comments regarding the 
discontinuation of the TBT/BBR diskette. See the attached copy of the letter 
for details.

Attachment

For further information:  Jane Caulton, Head
     Publications and Media Section
     (202) 707-0521
     [log in to unmask]

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December 2009

Dear Patron:

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 
(NLS), Library of Congress, will discontinue production of the diskette 
version of the bimonthly magazines Talking Book Topics (TBT) and Braille 
Book Review (BBR) as a result of decreasing subscriptions and therefore 
increasing costs. The November-December 2009 issue will be the last issue 
produced on diskette.

NLS will continue to provide Talking Book Topics and Braille Book Review 
in accessible formats. Talking Book Topics is available in large print and 
cassette. It is also available online in both HTML and plain text at 
www.loc.gov/nls/tbt and on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) 
as a digital talking book at nlsbard.loc.gov. Braille Book Review is 
available in large print and embossed braille. It is also available online 
in both HTML and plain text at www.loc.gov/nls/bbr and in downloadable 
contracted braille on Web-Braille at www.loc.gov/nls/braille/mags/bb.html.

If you wish to subscribe to one of the versions received by mail or sign 
up for an online service, contact your local library. For questions or 
comments regarding the discontinuation of the TBT/BBR diskette, please 
telephone (202) 707-0717 or e-mail [log in to unmask]

We trust you will find that one of the accessible formats meets your 
needs.

Sincerely,




Jane Caulton, Head
Publications and Media Section