Get Current on the News with the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile

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In this podcast, Abby gives us a walk-through of the NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile iOS app from the National Federation of the Blind. Are you unable to read a newspaper? Are you missing out on current events, news, and information? NFB-NEWSLINE® provides the text of over four hundred newspapers, fifty magazines, emergency weather alerts and seven day forecasts, personalized television listings, and now retail ads. NFB-NEWSLINE® is a free service available to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled. It offers over four hundred publications to choose from, including ten national newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today, sixteen breaking news sources such as CNN, BBC, and ESPN Online, fourteen international newspapers including Financial Times and Vancouver Sun, and countless state newspapers, as well as fifty magazines like Reader’s Digest, Time, Everyday With Rachel Ray, Guideposts, PC World, Mac World, and more. For a complete list of available publications, please visit To use this app, you must be a NFB-NEWSLINE® subscriber with a valid identification and security code. Eligible NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers may install and use this app on up to five devices. To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE® and how you can sign up, visit, or call (866) 504-7300. NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile on the App Store



Submitted by arlene s on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

From what I thought I understood was that the newsline app was for the ipad as well as the iphone, but when we go to each for it on the ipad we're not finding it. How can I search for it and find it if it is still on the ipad? thank you.

Submitted by Ekaj on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hi Abby and thanks for a great walkthrough. I've been an NFB Newsline subscriber for several years and enjoy it very much. I think I actually got this app confused with the KNFB Reader, which costs money that I don't have right now. But I'll most certainly be downloading the Newsline app on my phone. I'll admit I've never been much of a news hound, but that's starting to change.

Submitted by arlene s on Sunday, June 23, 2019

In reply to by Ekaj

Even if you're not much of a newshound, with all the variety of newspapers, variety of catagories in magazines, the blindness information for organizations, nfb and act, whatever your interest is I think you'll really enjoy it. We did actually find the newsline app on the ipad eventually.


Submitted by Ekaj on Saturday, June 29, 2019

I'm back here to say that I now have this app and am using it frequently, although not as frequently as I'd like due to things going on at my apartment complex. But this app is truly great. I'm impressed with the wide array of content that has been made available to us, and I like the fact that we don't have to bother with those inaccessible news sites! I think the audio tutorial has to be updated though, as most of it is not even present in the app. I won't be at either national convention this summer, but I'll be tweeting using #NFB19 during their convention. Thanks NFB for a wonderful app and keep up the nice work!