Main Phone: 785-296-3296 | Talking Books: 800-362-0699
Talking Books provides books, magazines, and descriptive videos for eligible Kansas residents. Books and magazines are available in digital audio, digital braille, and press braille formats. A list of audio book titles is available online
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Persons who are unable to read or use standard printed materials due to blindness, low vision, lack of muscle coordination, prolonged weakness, or physically based reading disabilities (such as dyslexia) are eligible. An application signed by a certifying agent is required. Please send the original application via the mail or scan and email the full application to us at KTB@ks.gov
You should receive a starter book when you first begin the service and receive your playback equipment. To return books, simply turn the address card over, put back into the slot on the cartridge container, and drop into the mail. Generally, the library automatically mails replacement books back to readers; however, this varies according to everyone's needs.
You will receive one or two Talking Book Topics (TBT) catalogs when you begin service. Six to eight weeks later, you should receive a new issue of TBT. This catalog is issued every two months and lists the newest books available on digital book cartridges. Catalogs are available in large print, digital book, HTML, or accessible PDF formats. Braille Book Review lists braille books and magazines recently added to the NLS collection and available through a network of cooperating libraries. NLS publishes Braille Book Review bimonthly in braille, large print and HTML. Contact Kansas Talking Books to subscribe to this publication.
No. For security and copyright reasons, NLS Digital Audio Books will not play on a personal computer.
Do not attempt to repair library equipment. A replacement is sent in exchange for the inoperable player or book. Please contact your Talking Book Service center to report errors with your player or books.
Descriptive videos and DVDs with descriptive audio tracks are available. Descriptive audio tracks provide movies and television programs enhanced narration that describes the actions, settings, gestures, and other key visual elements. Titles range from the Nova Series to Disney Movies. A current list of videos is available. To update your request list print the available order form and mail to the library.