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BARD Mobile

By Library of Congress

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A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress

The BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

With BARD Mobile, you can play the audio materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If your device is connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the braille materials available on BARD.

Before you can use this BARD Mobile app, you must be registered with a braille and talking-book library in the NLS network of cooperating libraries. If you aren’t registered but think you qualify for this service because you cannot read regular print as a result of a visual or physical disability, locate your local library for the blind and physically handicapped at or call 1-800-NLS-READ to apply for service.

Once you have an account, you are ready to begin using BARD Mobile.

Download the free app and sign in with your BARD user name and password. You’ll only need to do this the first time you use the app. The app contains a user manual that you may access through the Help feature.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the braille and talking-book program, a free library service available to residents of the United States and its territories and American citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical disability makes reading regular print difficult. Through its national network of cooperating libraries, NLS mails digital audio players and books and magazines—in audio and in braille—directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials are available in large-print, braille, and recorded formats. Select materials are also available online for download.


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Customer Reviews


Gortheer: "Relatively well "? LOL.
ou812app: I wasn't having the same problem you are until today, it was going a little bit slow, and wasn't loading, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and now I can't log in. Same as you. However, before this, I could log in perfectly fine, and everything else worked perfectly fine too. Which is why I am still giving this app five stars. I really, really like this app, and I have been waiting so long for it! It works very well, and I like the portability of not having to bring either a big bulky player, or some other type of player that was more expensive, with me somewhere so that I can read books. I am hoping that there will be an update out that will fix this issue, plus add the sleep timer. I would like that very useful feature as well. The only other thing I have been noticing with me, and it may just be my Internet connection, is that when I download books, they are downloading extremely slow now. Other than that, I have had no other problems. Thank you so much NLS, and the good Lord above, for making this happen!!! 😄

Love it!

Having this app available is fantastic! Having such convenient access to books has literally changed the life of this blind user. The only things that I have found that could be improved are the ability to download books in the background without the need for the BARD app being on top and active, and sync of the downloaded library across devices. Those things are minor though, and I assume the development team is working on them for a future release. Overall, this is a very well executed and wonderfully functional initial release.

One minor bug that I have encountered is that the speed of the voice that announces player functions is greatly reduced (maybe as slow as one tenth the rate it should be) when playing the audio out through AirPlay. AirPlay still works fine for the actual book content, though.

This app has changed the world for the blind. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you!

Great App, BARD Integration Timing Out

After a couple days of attempting to log in with time out failures I nearly gave up when I finally was able to log in with my BARD account info. I found I could browse the BARD catalog, view the new releases, and even add books to my wish list but download kept giving me time out errors so I'm sure this is related to the initial log in time out issues. My current work around has been to download the books I want on my computer, then import them into the BARDmobile app using itunes. Not sure if this method of adding books to the app is outlined in the help files, but it works great and the zip files from BARD extract right into the audio book shelf very quickly. Books play great, controls work great, and the book mark feature is awesome. The only feature I really miss from the stand alone player is the sleep timer which I used to use all the time. I would give this app 4 of 5 if the download and long in time outs were fixed and a 5 ouut of 5 stars if the sleep timer was added .

BARD Mobile
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 11.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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