BARD Mobile

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Description of App: 

CARRY A LIBRARY IN YOUR POCKET

Access more than 100,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

To download books using this app, you must first apply for service from your local braille and talking-book library. You can find which library in the NLS network serves you by visiting or calling 1-800-NLS-READ. Your library can discuss eligibility with you and walk you through the application process.

If you are already registered for service with your local braille and talking-book library but do not have a BARD account, simply contact your library and request a user name and password.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

BARD Mobile is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. NLS provides free audio and braille reading materials to residents of the United States and American citizens living abroad who cannot read regular print books. If you are blind, low-vision, or have a physical disability that makes it difficult for you to hold or turn the pages of a book, you may be eligible for this program. For more information on eligibility, visit .

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Audio materials downloaded from BARD can be played directly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. To read braille materials, you will need to connect a refreshable braille display to your device using Bluetooth.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.2

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

11.4

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is wonderfully easy to use. All you do for example for yoru wish list if you have books there is double tap the book and when it is done downloading you will hear a door bell like sound telling you the downloading of your book is done. I have not tried the itunes method yet but will get around to it.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

The app seems to work well with iOs 9 but watch you registrations and the number of books you have. You are limited to 100 a month and for some reason when you remove a book it does not take that registration away. The only way to fix is to reinstall the app and redownload your books or et them in to the app via dropbox or file browser.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@librarycongress