The Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library's audio or talking book collection is our largest and most popular. Until October 2010, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) produced audio titles on recorded cassette (RC). Since then talking books are only being produced in a digital book (DB) format. In addition to the NLS-produced titles, the library offers audio books produced by volunteers or commercial producers.
Everyone registering for the talking book service will receive a digital talking book player. Visit the Equipment page for more information on talking book players.
Playaways are commercially produced, handheld, battery-powered digital audio books. They require earphones for listening. Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the library was able to create a collection of more than 200 Playaway titles. Since the successful launch of the digital talking books program, the library no longer adds to its Playaway collection. No new titles have been added since 2007.
The library has added braille labels to each Playaway. These labels provide title information as well as general usage instructions. Additional operating instructions are also available in braille or large print.