New app allows better Braille book access



The Seattle-based Washington Talking Book and Braille Library announced its patrons can now access a free mobile app that lets them download audio and Braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Using their National Library Service’s Braille and Audio Reading Download accounts, also called BARD, readers can use the app to access nearly 50,000 books, magazines and music scores in audio and Braille formats. The BARD app is now available at the Apple App Store, and the National Library Service is working to create a BARD app for Android users.

For more information, contact the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library by calling 800-542-0866 or emailing More information about the library is available online at