BARD Help

BARD is a free Braille and Audio Reading Download service for active Talking Book Patrons with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. More than 70,000 books and 90 magazine titles are available. Please use this page for troubleshooting and learning how to use BARD. Call 1-800-426-0709 for assistance with your account.

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Instructions for Downloading a Digital Book from BARD

If you are using the iOS app, there is a help file located in the app itself on the bookshelf. If you need assistance following these instructions with a screen reader, there are additional instructions linked in the Resources section below. 

Log in to BARD and find a book to download. If you want a more powerful search, I recommend finding the book in the http://webopac.klas.com/ilbph catalog, then either following the download link or searching BARD using the 5-digit book number (no DB needed).

  1. Make sure the book you are downloading is DB and not BR—The dtbm cannot read BR files.  DB means digital book and BR means braille.
  2. Click or select the “Download [title][booknumber]” link. If your browser does not ask where to save the file, it is almost certainly in your downloads folder. In Windows, open your personal folder from the desktop or your start menu and the downloads folder will be in there. For a Mac, you can easily locate the book on your hard drive by opening your hard drive and searching for the title or DB number of the book using the search bar at the top right corner.
  3. The book will probably take a few minutes to download, depending on the length of the book, the speed of your internet connection, and the amount of other internet traffic at that time.
  4. The book you downloaded will come in a "zipped" file. The icon will most likely appear as a folder or a piece of paper with a zipper on it. You cannot simply move the zipped file onto your flash drive, because your digital player will not recognize the book. If you open the zipped file, there should be a number of different files inside.

Windows users proceed from here; Mac users please skip down to the Mac section below.

Windows: 

Go to your desktop or plug in your flash drive and select “Open folder to view files.”

  1. Create a new folder and type in the name of the book.
  2. Navigate to the “zipped” folder you downloaded, and double click or press enter to open it. 
  3. In this folder, press Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select all of the files.
  4. Either drag the files onto the new folder you just created or press Ctrl+C to copy them, close the zipped folder, open the new folder, and press Ctrl+V to paste the files.

If you created the new folder on your desktop, you will need to drag that folder onto your flash drive. Plug in the flash drive, select “Open folder…”, and drop the folder in there.

At this point, the book is on your flash drive. If you wish to delete the “zipped” folder that you downloaded, go right ahead. You can also delete the book folder from your desktop if there is a copy of it there.

To safely remove the flash drive, go to the icon tray next to the clock, and find the icon that looks like a USB connector. You may need to click the up arrow to get to more icons.

Click the icon, and select the removable drive. It should be the only option.

Wait until a balloon pops up to say that it is safe to remove the drive.

Plug the flash drive into your digital player while the player is turned off. The port is on the right side of the player and may have a small cover over it. When you turn the player on, the machine will beep several times as it reads the drive. You cannot play books on a flash drive while a regular book cartridge is in the player. You can put multiple books on one flash drive, but will need to use the bookshelf to navigate between them.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions! It takes a while to get a hang of the process, but the more you practice, the easier it will get.

Mac: 

Plug your USB flash drive into your computer.
 
An icon for your USB flash drive will usually appear on your desktop when it is connected, and the icon is usually named the brand or model name of the USB flash drive. If you have the finder open, you may also see your USB flash drive listed under Devices.
 
Locate and double click on the zipped file that you downloaded. The files inside will automatically be unarchived into a new folder with the same name as the original zipped file, which will also be saved in the same place as the original zipped file.
 
You may want to change the name of this new folder when the unarchiving process is finished, since the default name can be quite long (default name = author name, title, DB number). You can delete the zipped folder without affecting this new folder.
 
Drag and drop the new folder onto your USB flash drive. Eject your USB flash drive from your computer. 

Plug the flash drive into your digital player while the player is turned off. The port is on the right side of the player and may have a small cover over it. When you turn the player on, the machine will beep several times as it reads the drive. You cannot play books on a flash drive while a regular book cartridge is in the player. You can put multiple books on one flash drive, but will need to use the bookshelf to navigate between them.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions! It takes a while to get a hang of the process, but the more you practice, the easier it will get.

 
 
 

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